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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…

Jumping Out into the Waves: Moments of Bravery

My absolute favorite place on the earth is the beach. When I stand on the warm sand and look out into the waves that sail across the earth as far as my little eyes can see, my heart becomes full with wonder, simplicity, and peace. The vastness of the ocean, the crisp smell of the saltwater, and even the scurrying sounds of kids building sandcastles around me have their way of bringing me into a…

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…

Family Diving Deep # 2: Eyes, Ears, and Hearts

Little eyes. Little ears. Little hearts. Sometimes I just can’t get enough of them in my house. I am overwhelmed by cuteness. My kids are full of energy and absolutely drive me bonkers some times, but they are the sweetest little gifts to me and my husband. As cute as they are, the cuteness sometimes leads to thinking that their thoughts, emotions, and actions are just cute, innocent, and spiritually simplified. I believe…

The Great Game of Tug-of-War

“Mommy, sister hit me,” says my son. “Mommy, brother took away my crayons,” says my daughter. All day long and day after day the great game of tug-of-war continues. Sometimes I just sit back and watch them as they each hold on to a toy and try to pull it from each other’s hands as hard as they can. The war gets really interesting when there is…

Quiet. Be still. 

“Shhh. Quiet. Be still!,” says my heart to my mind.  Over and over I have been repeating this phrase to myself like a little curious child that will not stop talking. Do you ever talk to yourself? Hopefully I am not the only crazy one. One of my favorite scriptures is Psalm 46:10,  “Be still and know that I am God.” Still and quiet moments have been a necessity in…

When spending time with Jesus is hard…getting my kids to sleep past 5am

The neighborhood is quiet. The sun is still hiding. The birds have not started chirping. Here I am sitting in my dark kitchen listening to my kids in the next room as they attempt to play quietly as I have asked. This morning was supposed to be my morning! I woke up bright and early excited for another day. I made my coffee and sat down ready to dive in the Word. About 5 minutes…

The Home-schooling Dilemma

So now it is time to be real. I am a real mom with real concerns and real questions regarding how my husband and I raise our kids. One of the hardest challenges I have personally come up against as a mom has been the home-schooling dilemma. Yes, it is an amazing blessing for SO many reasons. I only call it a dilemma, because i am noticing that so many young  moms have allowed…