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So, You Want a Fast Labor? 5 Tips from a Natural Childbirth Instructor.

What is your dream birth? This is the question I ask moms when I first sit down with them for their first childbirth class. I hear many different answers, but the most common response is always, “I want a fast birth.” I chuckle because if you know anything about childbirth, it is often everything but fast. Childbirth, as it’s meant to be, requires patience, persistence, and preparation. Yes, we have many…

3 years of saying, “YES.” I found gems beneath my feet.

If you follow me on social media, you know me personally, or you have read my blog in the past, it is pretty obvious that I homeschool my children and that I LOVE it. I mean, I feel like I was made for it. But, I have to be honest with you. I did not always feel “made for it.” You know what? I didn’t even want to do it. We…

Are you in danger of developing the mommy brain?

Did you know that 4 quarts equal 1 gallon and 2 pints equal 1 quart? The Gallon Man on my wall reminds me of this very useful information every morning as I prepare delicious meals for my children (or not so delicious meals). He stares at me with his kid drawn eyes daring me to learn more. He reminds me that I am a mom. He reminds me that I am a stay at home…

Our Homeschooling Day of Wonder Through the Magical Land of Narnia.

“Mom, can we PLEASE read the rest of Narnia?” This was the question I woke up to on a rainy, cloudy, and regular old Tuesday in the Harris home this week. Homeschooling plans were set. Books were ready to go and awaiting us after cereal, eggs, and whatever else we could catch & gather for breakfast found their way to our hungry bellies. My plans were set, but the pleading continued. “Mom…

Fun with friends last night…God Made YOU!

As my weekend of soccer games is about to start, I am taking a minute to reflect on my night last night. I joined my mommy friends at a MOPs meeting! I was so honored to be the speaker, speaking on “Balancing Being You, A Mom, and A Wife.” I learned so much from the other ladies and left encouraged! The night reminded me of how valuable I really am in the eyes…

An Honest Confession & 6 Potty Training Keys for Success

Just as I promised, here is my personal potty training 101 course for a 3 year old little boy. I can only pray that my last 3 weeks of pain will not go in vain. Yes, I am being a little dramatic I know, but please let’s all learn from my experience. First I must confess something to you. As much as I love my son to the moon and back, potty-training…

A Challenge to Stay At Home…I came out of Hibernation

The weather man says it is 60 degrees and sunny. This momma says, “halleluigh.” Snowfall after snowfall brought days inside and more days inside. I love my kids, but sometimes you just have to get out and see the world, have an adult conversation, and get some vitamin D. This winter has been full of coloring, board games, homeschooling, and movies. It has been good to have family time, slow down, and breathe…

Reflections From a 3&5 Yr Old: Keep Your Ears Open

Sometimes my days are filled with questions that follow questions that follow more questions. It seems like my 3 and 5 year old wonder and dream about just about everything. Of course, this is the way it is supposed to be. Yet, sometimes the day can get so busy that it is honestly easy to just give them a “I don’t know” or “sure” response to that 100th question…

Making a Heart Connection

I am sitting at the end of a day when it just takes everything in me to take a deep breath and muster up the energy to get my kid’s teeth brushed, put their PJs on, and tuck them cozy in their beds. If you are a parent, I am sure you know those days well. We had a day full of fun activities led by mom the entertainer and chauffeur. It was…

Good to be back…Pregnancy

Well, I feel like I am returning from a long trip full of excitement yet sickness and fog. In other words, I have made it through the first trimester of my pregnancy with baby #3. Wow. This one wiped me out, but I am finally back to feeling somewhat normal. I seriously feel like I disappeared off the map for a while. Even though the last 3 months have been extremely difficult, it had it…