Teaching Our Children to Be Thankful {Book Review w/ Giveaway Link!)

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Gratefulness doesn’t usually come naturally, does it? We all want more than we have sometimes, and nowhere is this more evident than in our children. We try to teach them to be thankful for what they have, but inevitably there are times when they want more. It took me a long time to learn to be thankful for my blessings, so I shouldn’t expect more of my son.

There are resources to help us in this endeavor, however, and one of them is a sweet children’s book called A Very Thankful Prayer. Continue reading “Teaching Our Children to Be Thankful {Book Review w/ Giveaway Link!)”

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From One Mama to Another on the Hard Days

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Being a mama is sometimes hard. There, I said it. Not to say it’s not completely worth it even on the bad days, but there are moments that I want to run away screaming.

Not long ago, my son was playing upstairs. He got a little too quiet. He came downstairs and said, “Mommy, there are polka dots everywhere!”

“I hope they are imaginary polka dots,” I answered.

“No, they’re not.”

Cringing, I got up and went to look at what had happened. There was a trail of tiny white foam balls leading across the living room and up the stairs. No big deal, I thought. Just a little bit of vacuuming and we’ll be okay.

Nothing could have prepared me for the horror that awaited me at the top of those stairs. Continue reading “From One Mama to Another on the Hard Days”

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Let Your Kids Play in the Rain…and Do Other Nonsensical Things

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Are you like me when you set to clean out a closet, a drawer, a box? Inevitably, I will come across something that will invoke a memory or a stack of pictures that I just have to look through. I always get sidetracked somehow.

But sometimes it’s a good thing. One day I was cleaning out my nightstand, which was just about to burst open from all the stuff I had stashed in there over time (out of sight, out of mind, right?), and I came across something I had written many years ago. It was like discovering treasure. As soon as I found it, I knew I wanted to share it with my friends who read my blog when the right time came. I suppose now is the time… Continue reading “Let Your Kids Play in the Rain…and Do Other Nonsensical Things”

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And the 2017 Liebster Award Goes To…

I’m so excited to share with you that I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award for new bloggers by the lovely Jenna at Grace & Motherhood! Thank you, Jenna, for your confidence in my blog! Be sure to check out her amazing blog!

The Liebster Award recognizes bloggers who are new to the blogging community and is a great way for people to notice all of the blood, sweat, and tears that go into creating a blog. Personally, my blog is about sharing my faith and this amazing journey on which God is taking me. It’s definitely not about monetary gain. So when someone takes notice of what I do, it’s so very encouraging. Continue below to read my interview and find out a little bit more about me! Continue reading “And the 2017 Liebster Award Goes To…”

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When the Words “Back to School” Leave You Terrified

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I see you, mamas and daddies. Maybe your child is going off to college. Perhaps he or she is starting a new chapter at the high school or middle school level. Maybe your baby is just beginning kindergarten. You may be one of those parents who has been home with your child since he or she was born and this is the first separation for you. Perhaps your child has special challenges that make school difficult.

“Back to school” isn’t happy for you or maybe just leaves you with mixed emotions.

I get it. Me, too. Continue reading “When the Words “Back to School” Leave You Terrified”

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I Really Do: Marriage Vows Aren’t a One-Time Deal (Guest Post for Young Wives Club)

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“Boys are gross!”

I probably made this statement a lot when I was a kid growing up with two brothers. But I know I say it often now in my household with a husband and a son.

Men are just different than we are, ladies. Living with them isn’t always easy. (And I’m sure they would say the same thing about living with us.) Continue reading “I Really Do: Marriage Vows Aren’t a One-Time Deal (Guest Post for Young Wives Club)”

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A Different Kind of Summer: How a Step of Faith Changed Everything (Guest Post for (in)courage.me)

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It’s summer time! It’s the season that children, teachers, and many others look forward to each year, waiting patiently for that last school bell to ring and the taste of sweet freedom. Though I’m not a hot weather person, there are so many things I do love about summer:

Visiting a friend’s pool for fun and refreshment…

Going to a local ice cream parlor for a yummy treat…

Slipping on flip flops instead of determining which footwear will be warmest…

The smell of delicious food on the grill…

Summer nights sitting on the porch as the sun sets… Continue reading “A Different Kind of Summer: How a Step of Faith Changed Everything (Guest Post for (in)courage.me)”

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Let God Out of That Box!

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Many years ago when I was in college, I worked at a Christian bookstore in the customer service department. Our duties in that department included imprinting names on Bibles, managing items that people had special ordered, and wrapping gifts. I became a master gift-wrapper. In fact, I’m pretty picky even now about how gifts look when I wrap them. I like things to be wrapped up in a neat, perfect little box.

I’ve recently realized that this obsession leaks into other areas of my life, too. Continue reading “Let God Out of That Box!”

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