Gifts That Grow

Our fourth sweet babe was born into a home already bustling with activity, where quiet is rarely guaranteed, new faces come and go, and more days than not are filled with movement. Even the “laid back” days we have are hardly what one would call calm. 😉 Yet Cassandra blended in seamlessly to our family – a piece of our […]

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Your Love Matters

This weekend, someone said words that lifted my heart, and I realized that too often we parents take for granted the depth of the good we do. We are literally teaching our children what love is, and no matter how we do that, we are shaping their hearts with our own. So tonight I want you to know: your love […]

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The Most Important Word In My Motherhood Vocabulary

There was a time when I would have answered differently, when this important word hardly ever crossed my lips, when motherhood felt simple, and the choices made were straightforward ones. Now is a season where the days are full, the hours feel too few, and I have to consciously decide to make room what is important, to let go of […]

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3 Easy Ways to Teach Kindness At Home

  Kindness is my mothering goal, in growing these little hearts, but in the day to day, sometimes I need more than the mile-long parenting articles and perfectly scripted charts.  In this season of parenting, I am always looking for that balance between harsh and permissive, where my children’s hearts can grow strong but gentle, confident but kind. After wading […]

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You Can Tell My Daughter This, But Not That

It’s become quite popular these days to talk about why you shouldn’t say this or that to my daughter. A little old lady in the grocery store tells my daughter she’s pretty, and all of a sudden it’s an Open Letter To That Woman – Why My Daughter Is More Than Pretty. Well – yes. Yes, she is. But other […]

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Leave Room For Wonder

My oldest turned 7 on Sunday. Somehow the tiny babe I grew in my own body, and carried in my arms, is now getting too heavy for me to hold. The hours that used to drag by slowly have turned into years that are slipping away. The days are full to the brim, and sometimes the day ends with too […]

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Today, I’m Thinking Of You

Today I’m thinking of you. You felt such joy inside you when you first knew, and you counted down the months until you held her. You watched him kick on the screen and you couldn’t help but smile when you first heard his heartbeat. You started making lists of names, before you even knew the gender. Your happiness overflowed from […]

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Setting A Routine To Build Confidence In Kids

Sharing today about the kids’ routine chart! Several of you asked for more details on the chart I mentioned in this post, and how I get the kids to stick with it. Children love routine! It gives a sense of security and confidence when they know what’s going to happen next. As they get older, that knowledge also brings a […]

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