Toddler Tantrums are a Gift

Toddler tantrums are a gift - especially to the Christian parent. Find out why in this post. |

Training children in the way they should go is a difficult, and often mind boggling task. While I struggle to preach the gospel to myself everyday, I'm tasked with extending grace to my children and teaching and helping to expose their need for our wonderful Savior. There are so many days where I feel like I can do nothing right and there is simply no fruit on the vine, and never will Continue Reading

Being a Stay at Home Mom When Your Husband is Not On Board

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This post is part of our motherhood series. You can see all the posts here. So your happily-ever-after is finally coming true. Nesting is in full force. You're now a wife. You have a baby. And you can settle down and do what your heart has yearned for since you were a little girl - you can be a full-time wife and mommy. But wait! There's only one problem! You kinda forgot, didn't really Continue Reading

I’m a Stay at Home Mom without a Soul to Call “Friend”

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This post is part of our motherhood series. You can see all the posts here. As I squinted across the blanket of white stretching as far as my eyes could see, I wondered if this place would ever feel like home. As we drove around the snow covered peaks, flip flops long forgotten at home, we tested one house after the other to see if it fit as tightly as the mittens warming our hands. A few Continue Reading

Parenting in the Dark

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This post is written by contributing writer, Jen from This Gal's Journey. Dark clouds hovered low in the air. A dense mist hung suspended in the atmosphere; fog blanketed the horizon. The perfect backdrop for the dark mood settling deep in my heart. I stood and looked out the window, simply willing myself to breathe. To move under the heavy burden of the sadness and frustration. I just Continue Reading

Are You Trusting God with Your Family Size

Are you trusting God with your family size?

It's been almost two years since I felt a baby move in my belly. I long to feel another life moving within, giving of myself so intimately, so selflessly. Each season of pregnancy is something to be cherished. But each month, the cycle turns and the pulse is negative. Each month my heart sinks and my husband bows his head. We pray for more children. We long for more children. We're so Continue Reading

10 Organizational Tips for New Mothers

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This post is written by contributing writer, Tasha from Spann-ing the Globe. 10 Organizational Tips for New Mothers 1. Commit to organization. Nothing in life works well without a commitment. If you don’t want to do something, you will not accomplish anything. If this is a goal, you can succeed. 2. Be realistic. Don’t expect to be able to keep the house spotless for guests with a newborn! Continue Reading

Why Don’t You Just Get a Job

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Out of no where, the words howled like the wind swirling around us, "Why don't you just get a job?" A thoughtless statement spoken by an ill informed adult. A thoughtless statement spoken to put me in my place. A thoughtless statement that hurt and forced me to gulp back the tears that threatened to burst forth. For a second, I couldn't respond. I was shocked, caught completely off-guard. Continue Reading

On Loving Our Children Well

On Loving Our Children Well (3 Ways to Show Them They are a Gift From God) - Intentional By Grace

Recently, while perusing my many unread messages in my inbox, I ran across one that was promoting half price getaways. I found myself day dreaming and even coveting a vacation. I fantasized about a child free vacation with just the man of my prayers. I even began to resent the diaper that I was procrastinating to change, which means I was resenting my sweet boy’s very presence. This moment Continue Reading

Book Recommendation: Together Growing Appetites for God by Carrie Ward

Monday, contributing writer Jen from This Gal's Journey encouraged you with the words: this, too, shall pass. I found her post so encouraging, and I couldn't help but think that this would be a perfect time to tell you about one of my new favorite books from an everyday mama like you and me. If you're a mama in need of extra encouragement (and who isn't, right?), I want to commend a book to you Continue Reading

This, Too, Shall Pass

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This post is written by contributing writer, Jen from This Gal's Journey. They stare down at me from the dusty bookshelf where they have resided for the last...who knows how long. Mocking me. Taunting me with all the things I'm not doing. Workbook after workbook. Bible study after Bible study. Painstakingly written by amazing women of God, giants of the faith who are being used in a Continue Reading