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15 Bible verses for when you need joy! Find the source of joy in the Scriptures to encourage you in your faith.

15 Bible Verses for When You Need Joy in Motherhood

As I’ve been writing the “rediscovering joy in motherhood” series, I’ve been thinking on some Scripture verses that talk about joy. It’s great to deconstruct some of the hang-ups and struggles that can take away the joy of being a mom. Yet as a Christian, I know there is more than just practical advice! For […] Read more…

Dear Mom Who Needs a Break

Dear Mom Who Needs a Break, Sometimes the noise is just TOO loud. Sometimes the requests are just TOO many. Sometimes the complaining is just TOO much. When you feel like you need a break…..it’s because you probably do. I’m not talking about running off and “escaping your problems”. No, it isn’t that. Our children […] Read more…

It's okay to say that motherhood is hard--encouragement for the exhausting moments that you can take to heart right now.

It’s Okay to Say that Motherhood is Hard

STOP SAYING MOTHERHOOD IS HARD. That was the statement that popped up in my newsfeed a few months ago on Facebook. Immediately I bristled. What do you mean, stop? Who says I’m even saying such a thing? But I am. Those three words leave my mouth almost every single day. Motherhood is hard. In conversations with friends, […] Read more…

3 Hang-Ups That Steal the Joy From Motherhood

Thanks for joining me for the Rediscovering Joy in Motherhood series! One of the things that was brought to my attention as I was working through my struggle to enjoy being a mom was that there are a few “hang-ups” that seem to steal the joy away from motherhood. I‘m going to talk about three […] Read more…

Feeling less than joyous about motherhood? This series on rediscovering the joy of motherhood can help and encourage you!

Rediscovering Joy in Motherhood {a New Series}

Tired. Overwhelmed. Too Busy. Frustrated. Joyless. Those first four words are often used to describe parts of motherhood. But that last one? Joyless? Yep, that described me as a mom.  Somewhere along the line, in the midst of nine years of diaper changes, messy faces, frazzled mornings and late night wakings, I let the enjoyment of […] Read more…

3 Tips for Balancing Blogging and Motherhood

3 Ways to Balance Blogging and Motherhood

When I “became” a blogger three years ago, it was a much simpler time. (Doesn’t that sound like something we hear our grandparents’ say?)  But really, it’s the truth. Back then, it was all about writing, no perfect Pinterest photos required. These days there is SO much we can do with our blogs that it not […] Read more…

Do you ever wish you could start over with motherhood? Go back to the beginning and cherish the things that have gone by or do things differently? One mom looks back on the past nine years and shares why she wishes she could go back to having only one child.

Why I Wish I Could Go Back to Only Having One Child

Remember the days before advanced digital photography? That’s when my first child was born. The picture is a bit dark, but it’s hard to miss this sweet little one. With his Gerber baby lips, soft dark hair and rosy cheeks, this child changed my existence. His birth was rather traumatic, and the moment he was […] Read more…

Is our home a haven for our children? Somewhere they will always feel valued, safe and loved? Here are some ways we can create a warm and encouraging environment for our kids!

How to Make Your Home a Haven for Your Children

As I was returning home from an errand a couple of days ago, I glanced out my car windows as I rolled slowly down our small town streets. I couldn’t help but notice several high-school age kids walking down the windy street, the guys punching each other on the shoulders, the girls laughing. Knowing some of the situations […] Read more…

Following all the mom advice out there can be completely overwhelming and exhausting. It makes me want to just throw in the towel sometimes, because I can't do it all? But the good news? There is one thing a great mom does every day--it might surprise you!

The One Thing a Great Mom Does Every Day

**Heads up! If you’ve never been here before, I’m a Christian blogger, so this post is written to apply to Christian moms. Thanks for reading! I am constantly overwhelmed by the mothering advice I see, whether on the internet, in books or elsewhere. How about you? And it’s not that all these tips are incorrect […] Read more…

7 ways to show your child you value them every day

7 Ways to Show Your Children You Value Them, Every Day

Many times I hear that THE solution to people feeling bad about themselves or motivating them to be a success is to raise their self-esteem.  Believe in yourself, that’s the place to start, sings a popular kids’ show jingle that my children sometimes watch. That sounds all well and good, right? Who doesn’t want their child […] Read more…

One Simple Way to Encourage Obedience in Your Child

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, it’s hard to get our kids to listen to us. At times, although I try to remain calm, my voice gets louder and higher in pitch and then…well, you know how it goes!  Lately I’ve been learning that putting myself in my kids’ place helps me find a better way […] Read more…

3 easy ways to create a culture of Thankfulness in your home

3 Easy Ways to Teach Thankfulness in Your Home

Guest post from Ashley Hales of Circling the Story! I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but every year I get sucked into Pinterest in November. It’s pages of DIY galore with trees and thankfulness and sparkles and tablescapes and food. It’s beautiful and inspiring and…overwhelming. Because I know that I’m never going to have […] Read more…

Brand New HGTV and Food Network Shows Now on Netflix!

I have to say that giving up cable almost 7 years ago was pretty easy for me, except when it came to my favorite channels, HGTV and Food Network. {My husband, on the other hand, still misses ESPN.}  So I was really pumped to see House Hunters show up in my Netflix feed when I […] Read more…

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