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Time for Mom: Relax!

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One of my doctor’s orders this week was to relax. Easier said than done. For me it was good practice for the “real thing” to come in a few weeks. But whether we’re tackling childbirth or just a stressful week at home, relaxation is a good thing. We can carry tension around in our neck, […]

Time for Mom: Stop and Smell the Roses

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They say that it’s important to stop and smell the roses. You know, pause and enjoy the beauty around you. So often, when life gets “harry” for us MOMS, we want to escape, run, find a distraction, “just get a break.” And I think there is a time and a place for that kind of […]

The Road Ahead

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Life is full of surprises, isn’t it? You never know what twists and turns will appear in the road ahead of you. No children, many children. There was a time when we didn’t know we could have a second child, let alone six! Wow! God has been so very good to us. West Coast, Midwest. […]

Christmas: What, Why, and How?

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Christmas is the celebration of God becoming man. You know, Jesus? God the Son, came to be with his people in a new way, in the flesh, in order to reconcile them to Himself. Despite whatever revisionist history you’ve been subjected to in the past, whatever warm fuzzies you’ve heard about faith, hope, and love, […]

Time for Mom: A Night Out With the Girls

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There’s just something about “chick things” that guys and children can’t always comprehend. Take, for instance, the 6-hr A&E version of Pride and Prejudice. This past winter, as if 24-7 morning sickness wasn’t enough, I got the wicked, nasty flu twice. It was terrible. At one point I thought I would die — and I […]

Time for Mom: Don’t Worry

Worry is like a rocking chair:It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere. — Erma Bombeck Last night was a rough one. Lots of hard and persistent contractions that caused me a fair degree of alarm. I have a history of precipitous births, which means that labor can progress a little […]

Getting My Head in the Game

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Recently as I sat out on the back deck watching my boys run through the sprinklers, I realized that it had been quite awhile since I had just sat and watched them play. I couldn’t even remember the last time I did that. It was a sobering thought that I’ve been “too busy” multi-tasking to […]

Time for Mom: Primp!

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It’s no cliche. Somedays, it’s all I can do to get a shower and throw clean clothes on. Often, I have to hit the ground running and there isn’t a whole lot of time for, whatdotheycallit? Self-care? Make-up? Stylish clothes? Some seasons it happens. Sometimes it don’t. Are you in the same boat? I’m not […]