55+ Toddler Snacks (You and) Your Toddler Will Love

Need some ideas for healthy toddler snacks that even you will love? Check out this list of 55+ ideas!

There are days when I feel like I do nothing but feed a baby or toddler all day long. The minute I finish the breakfast dishes someone wants to nurse or "have a snack." It can be exhausting! When it comes to feeding my children (and myself!), I don't want to waste calorie consumption on foods that simply do not supply my children the nutrients they need. Even “organic” snacks are often highly Continue Reading

How to Have a Gingerbread House Party

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The Christmas season is the perfect time to be intentional and show hospitality by inviting people into your home. For us a gingerbread house party was just the thing! Where I live, people really tend to hibernate in the winter. Mounds and mounds and mounds of snow will do that to you. I have to work really hard not to do the same thing!  As a stay-at-home-mom, my time is limited, and with a Continue Reading

Christmas Advent: Our 2013 Plan

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I love Christmas! The birth of Jesus is such a wonderful reason to celebrate! Counting down to Christmas is a beautiful way to demonstrate to our children how the world was holding it's breath as it waited for the Messiah, waiting for the Savior of the world. There are so many ways we can count down the days to Christmas with our little ones. This year my oldest will be nearly three years old. Continue Reading

Family Game Nights: 6 Board Games to Play with a Two Year Old

Need some board game ideas for your next family night? These 6 board games are even great for two year olds!

We love family game nights with our two year old. It is so much fun! The choice to implement family game nights means we are spending intentional, uninterrupted time with our toddler. This is quality time spent as a family while our son has the chance to learn some valuable lessons through play! I've shared some of our adventures on Instagram and have in turn answered a lot of questions Continue Reading

Why Our Family Prepares, Eats, and Cleans Up Meals Together

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As we enter the busy holiday season, it's easy to let family time suffer. I know this is the time of year when I want to slow down. I want to enjoy my family and really focus on Christ. But with busyness of the season, it can be hard. We have to be intentional to guard our family time.  Family meal time is sacred for our family. Sometimes it is the only time of the day we actually sit down Continue Reading

31 Days of Everyday Grace: The Curse of Motherhood {Day 12}

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The baby nursed and promptly fell back into a slumber. I rolled out of bed eager to dress and head downstairs for a hot cup of coffee and my Bible. I miss quiet mornings in the Word of God. I miss meeting with God without the background music of toddler jabber and grunting newborns. I miss the undistracted, unhurried time with my Savior. While my coffee brewed, I gathered my quiet time Continue Reading

31 Days of Everyday Grace: Dear New Mom {Day 8}

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Dear New Mom, You just had a baby. You know it's okay to rest, don't you? It's okay to stay in your pj's all day. You don't have to bounce back and get back to the business of living life right.this.instant. There's grace. New mom, you can leave the clean laundry (that someone else did for you) in the baskets in the middle of your bedroom floor all week long if you need to. You don't have to Continue Reading

31 Days of Everyday Grace: Rocking a Promise Fulfilled {Day 5}

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As I sit rocking my baby, I am overwhelmed by God's grace - everyday grace. I think back to when I rocked a crying baby, and remember God's promise to me in that sad, tear streaked moment. I remember the whisper assuring me that we would have more babies. I remember placing my hand over my womb and hearing the name Timothy. The baby who would one day fill my womb and the place in my arms and in Continue Reading

31 Days of Everyday Grace: My First Born Son {Day 4}

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My first born. My son. The one who made me a mother. He's passionate, full of energy, and two going on sixteen. He tracks muddy sand through my house and runs around the yard naked when I'm not looking. He spills milk because he moves around too much. He drops egg shells in the pancake mix. He picks his nose and pulls all the toilet paper off the role. He makes a game of peeing on the wall Continue Reading

31 Days of Everyday Grace: Brothers & Family Devotions {Day 2}

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Brothers. Sweet, sweet brothers. I'm through the roof excited that we welcomed another little boy to our family. Boys are just sweet on their mamas. Yes they are dirty, rambunctious, and loud, but mamas get a sweetness shared with them that compares with nothing else. Moms of boys, you know what I mean.  This moment captured - I never want to forget it. "Timmy, who made you? God made Continue Reading