Category Archives: motherhood

motherhood-category-page By 7am if I’m still in bed, it’s only been half asleep listening to my children get their own cereal.

 Exhaustion is often the only sure item on the menu for the day.

As wise woman, with most of her children away at college, once told me as she longingly looked on at the chaos of all my children eating donuts after our church service one Sunday morning , “The days are long, but the years are short.”  

Doesn’t that just sum up motherhood!?!?!?!  You can’t wait until bedtime, yet you can’t believe your oldest is 8!!  Where have the years gone and why won’t bedtime come faster?!!

I have encouraging news!!!

There is joy and fulfillment to be found in motherhood!!! For years I didn’t believe it, but it’s true!! God will use our children (and husbands) to bring us closer to God and bring us into abundant life!!

Don’t believe the lies of the world telling you, you are getting the raw end of the deal. You are living the most amazing season of your life, today!!!  

Throwback Thursday | It’s a Mommy Life

  I don’t know I will make a habit of this whole Throwback Thursday thing, but I came across this yesterday as I was looking for another document. It’s transparency encouraged me.  It is from almost 5 years ago…enjoy…   The house is quiet for a moment though just from a quick glance around you can see that it hasn’t been that way long. I’m on my hands and knees picking up all the toys that have managed to get around the entire living and dining room area. I’m longing for the time when my little one is walking and…

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Announcing Baby #5

  We’ve recently announced to family and friends baby # 5 is on the way.  We knew I was pregnant for several weeks before we shared our precious news with people.  Sadly, this was because, I wasn’t ready to hear everybody’s reaction to our 5th child. Some might say “Why does what people think matter.” or “I’m surprised you would be so affected”, but it is very sad indeed when people choose to not fully rejoice over new life and the burden of our societies outlook on conception, babies, children and the number they feel couples should have was too…

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Be A Better Mom Monday | Sibling Relationships

In Bible Study Fellowship this year we are studying the book of Genesis.  As a parent I see the stories so differently.  As I pray for my children to be best friends, loving and kind to one another I find myself bewildered at Jacob and Esau and Joseph and his brothers. I’m an only child from my parents with two siblings 10 years younger than me who grew up in a different home, so maybe the sibling dynamic is lost on me. We were given a wonderful handout recently (from BSF) and I was so overwhelmed with its contents I…

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Be A Better Mom Monday | Choosing Consequences with Your Children

  All quotes from this post not scripture are from the Growing Kids God’s Way book. You probably know by now if you follow my Monday posts, I love the Growing Kids God’s Way program. To see our previous post on discipline click here. Pretty much everything we like (though sometimes fail) to use for consequences comes from their curriculum. I cannot stress enough how beneficial getting a small group together and going through their course would be for your family and your parenting.  I’m going to do a brief overview of 3 main topics, but please remember this is…

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Laundry and Tears | Life Overwhelming

As I sat across from a friend sipping a half cup of coffee filled with mostly unhealthy yummy creamer, I felt my eyes well up as I began to relay how long I have been trying to catch up on my laundry. Perhaps part of my problem is I will NEVER really be “caught up” on laundry in a home with 6 people, 4 of which contribute much to the laundry problem and very little to the laundry solution.  And yet, there I sat choked up over laundry…really…I mean there are people with real problems out there and I’m crying…

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Laundry and Tears | Life Overwhelming

As I sat across from a friend sipping a half cup of coffee filled with mostly unhealthy yummy creamer, I felt my eyes well up as I began to relay how long I have been trying to catch up on my laundry. Perhaps part of my problem is I will NEVER really be “caught up” on laundry in a home with 6 people, 4 of which contribute much to the laundry problem and very little to the laundry solution.  And yet, there I sat choked up over laundry…really…I mean there are people with real problems out there and I’m crying…

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Be A Better Mom Monday |Cleaning Up Your Parenting |Require First Time Obedience

We’ve all seen it, the woman standing in front of her child counting 1…2…and we all just wait to see what the kid is going to do.  I cringe at this parenting style.  What does it really teach are children? “Counting” to require obedience teaches them: They do not  have to have obedience the first time they are told to do something.  They can wait for the counting before they even really have to obey. You are not serious about requiring obedience until you start counting. My 2 favorite kid phrases regarding obedience: “Slow obedience is no obedience.” It took…

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Benefits of Essential Oils

  Everyone is talking about the benefits of essential oils. They are being used in cleaning, making homemade products and for medicinal purposes.  A friend of mine sells high grade essential oils from doTERRA and she has given me 3 different oils to try. These are premium quality oils and from everything I have read the quality of oil really makes all the difference in the world. I’m amazed at what you can do with these 3 little bottles. Here are the oils I have and will be testing out this month along with some of their uses. Lavender used…

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The Bee Tree | Book Review |Children’s Literature

      One of my new favorite children’s books is The Bee Tree written by Patricia Polacco.  I honestly didn’t think I would ever love a book like I do How to Make and Apple Pie and Travel the World, but here is a definite rival. This book is not only well written with beautiful illustrations but the author takes you on such an adventure upon finishing this book you will want to run outside with your children and find adventure of your own.  How a book can so artistically twine the love of nature and the value of…

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Be A Better Mom Monday |Overcoming Objections to Home Education | Negating Home School Stereotypes

This isn’t your typical Be A Better Mom Monday post, but since it is still mommy related, I decided to go with it today. Thankfully my dear friend Jennifer can share differing opinions with no animosity. Because I knew the opinion about Christians being responsible for the education of their children shared in a recent post might be taken with distain I asked her to give us the low down on why she will choose not to home school.  Interestingly, her reply offered too many misconceptions for me not to respond. Here are a few homeschooling objections/misconceptions, I’d like be…

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