Parenting

Please Don’t Check Out

It was late in the evening. We had just finished putting our oldest children to bed. I left the baby in his crib hoping he would be okay for just a little while, so that I could squeeze in a few minutes in the bath. I turned on the hot water and sank down deep. It was the first time all day that I had paused, to take a deep breath. I was still adjusting to having 3 children. I didn’t know what normal looked like yet, but I was trying to find it, getting closer every day. I closed my eyes to relax, and right at that moment, I could hear the cries of my newborn calling for me. I knew my husband was close

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I Was Joking, But He Wasn’t

My husband and I were laying in bed chatting about all we had experienced during the day. I love those late night catch-ups, especially when it feels like we haven’t seen each other enough. The topic of conversation came to our children. We are constantly wondering if we doing a good job raising them. We desire to be great parents! My husband mentioned how we need to be careful of our tone of voice with them when we get frustrated. He mentioned how they are so little, reminding me that our kids are not purposing to frustrate us. They are doing what is natural to them, they want to be silly and have fun, and that they are also learning behavior right now. He also mentioned

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Preschool Is Not For The Faint-Hearted | Vlog #22

Paint. Everywhere. Bright bold colors splattered and smeared on walls, on clothes, in hair, in my hair, across the table, up their arms, on the bottom of their feet… It doesn’t matter how prepared I am. The wipes are in arms reach. Yet, it gets everywhere. Paint, markers, kinetic sand, play dough, and glitter…oh the glitter! The control freak inside of me swells up, wanting so bad to just take over. But something important is happening here and I need to let it happen. My kids are learning. My kids are exploring. My kids are experiencing the gifts God has given them and the talents He has entrusted to them. Preschool may not be for the faint-hearted – it will definitely require patience, especially if

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Resolving To Embrace The Pain Diminished My Anxieties About Childbirth

My due date is Thanksgiving. Baby Wyatt is tucked away cozy in my womb. I feel like he might know colder weather is coming and is choosing the warmer path. I don’t know about you, but I get extremely excited to find out when I am pregnant and then spend 9 months avoiding the thought of childbirth. I think about my child and the blessing he will be in my life, but it seems easier to avoid concerning myself with labor and delivery until the last month or so. Last week, I found myself spiraling a little bit. Every little pinch or pain I felt – the ones that catch you off guard when you are walking – became a reminder of the greater pain. Even

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Struggle With PCOS? Find Out How This Woman Improved Her Symptoms!

In 2010 we gained quite a few friendships through our church. God gave us opportunities to build these relationships on a weekly basis after we joined the marriage ministry. We would see the same couples every Wednesday as we learned what God’s purpose for marriage is and discussed marriage topics in a small group study. We found ourselves having dinner with these friends, and opening up about our struggle with sex in hopes to find some answers. On one occasion our friends shared a story with us of another couple who were inspired to go organic. When we first heard this testimony we didn’t see a correlation with our situation, so we didn’t think anything about it. It wasn’t until a few months later that God

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Prayer Of The Day: Adoption

Dear God, We come before You today, humbled by your greatness.  You have intricately made all of us and so uniquely!  Thank You those who are parents and have understood the vitality of their responsibility in raising children.  We also thank You for those who have willing and passionate hearts to adopt children and love them as You do.  We pray for husbands and wives who are currently in the adoption process and ask that You would guide them, filling them with Your wisdom, and showing them favor.  May You fill their hearts with on overwhelming love for their children and bless their decision to raise them and care for them.  May parents teach their children your ways and teach them how to abide in

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