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Mama, You Are Doing a Great Job With Those Children

Encouragement quotes for women and moms. This inspiration was the words of God said through an elderly woman at the thrift store. Truths about life as a Christian mom with kids. Thoughts on the heart and children.

I have been doing some behind the scenes work on my blog, and I found this post buried among numbered lists and recipes. Reading it warmed my soul and reminded me that what I do every day matters. It matters a lot, in the broken world and in the kingdom of God and in the hearts of my children. It matters. I matter, and you matter, too, my sweet friend. I originally published the following blog post on October 14, 2013, but it is every bit as relevant today as it was then. I had completely forgotten about the incident, … Read more

How Do I Talk To My Daughter About Puberty and Sex?

Oh no! Your daughter asked about sex! How do you tell her about sex and puberty in a comfortable, natural way that doesn't leave anyone feeling awkward?

I will never forget a dear friend telling me a couple of years ago that her daughter asked her if people hump. (They have a lot of animals, and she had seen the guinea pigs doing it.) I was mortified, and I silently prayed that her daughter would not share this bit of juicy info with my daughter. She never did, but the inevitable happened eventually anyway. I’ve mentioned before about the wonderful conversations we have at bedtime, in the dark of the night. It’s like my girls’ inhibitions go out with the lights. Last week, after Allie was already … Read more

How to Help Your Kids Eat a Healthy Diet – 5 Tips from a Registered Dietician

Do you have picky eaters? Me too! The power struggle over eating healthy meals is a thing of the past for our family thanks to these tips from a registered dietician. They will work for all families!

One of the areas on which I want to focus this school year is making healthy choices. I want the girls to understand how nutrition and exercise play a part in their feeling good and being healthy. They can clearly see my bariatric surgery journey has transformed not only the amount I eat but the content of what I eat. They can see that their dad is preparing different meals than he used to. And I do drag them along most days (sometimes pouting) for a 20-30 minute walk. But those things are not their choice. Those things are being … Read more

Banish Crabby Mom

Banish Crabby Mom

I have a confession to make. I struggle with being a crabby mom. That’s right, me, all beautiful messy life and live fully tattoo, and I struggle with being a grumpy mom day in and day out. I have my own things to do, you know? I have to clean the bathroom and do the laundry and tidy the dining room and sweep the floor and pick up all the toys we’ve ever owned fifteen times a day. Those things by themselves would be a challenge, but add in two small people who want me to play and read every … Read more

35 Things I Hope My Kids Will Say About Me Someday

I have been making calendars for my grandparents and parents since 1998. The last time we visited, Old Grandma got out the first couple for Joe to see. One of the earliest ones had a poem in it, one line per month. It went something like this: When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw your hang my painting on the refrigerator, and I wanted to paint another one. When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you tenderly care for dogs and cats and ducks, and I learned to be kind to animals. When you thought I wasn’t looking, … Read more

The Importance of One-on-One Time with Your Kids

I spend 15 minutes in devoted one-on-one time with each of my kids each day. We call it Momma-Gracie or Momma-Allie time. It’s special. I don’t allow interruptions of our special time together. No phone calls, no emails, no tv. Not even Joe can butt in. It’s time set apart to nurture my children’s hearts, to make them feel loved and important, to empower and enrich them. The first time I heard about devoted one-on-one time was from Amy McCready, creator of Positive Parenting Solutions and author of If I Have to Tell You One More Time…: The Revolutionary Program … Read more