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Treasuring the Moments on Mom Life Today

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Years ago I started listening to a radio program called, “Family Life Today.” In the days before widespread internet and cell phones, it was a daily fix of helpful ideas and inspiration for my marriage and my family. I loved listening to Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine talk about all kinds of habits and practices […]

Are You Still Booking It? September Check In

How has your reading gone this past month? Booking It is a monthly book club where you get to choose what you read and then tell us about it. This is our monthly check in to see what each other is reading, to recommend books to others, and to offer a little “virtual” accountability. It’s […]

To Be More Joyful: Lean on God

This is a continuing series about ways in which we can become more joyful. If you missed previous posts or find that you’re still too crabby, go back to the beginning of 14 Ways to Be More Joyful. I believe that the best thing that we can do to be more joyful women is to […]

Remembering Your Life BEFORE Mom – A Guest Post

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– A Guest Post from Janna – Do you remember life before motherhood? As a child, I spent my allowance buying accessories for my Real Baby, and as a teenager, I saved for clothes that said Guess. Nowadays, I get giddy over the purchase of an energy efficient appliance. The Book of Me has many […]

My Sister & My Friend

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I hated her for about twenty years. Hard to imagine, isn’t it? That sweet cherub of a baby despised by her big sister. I can’t really explain it. We fought like cats and dogs for a long time. I always wanted to have the upper hand. And I was not going to give in. I […]

Living Large

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Are these ALL yours? This is probably the most common question I hear — from absolute strangers. Sometimes it bugs me, sometimes I answer with a smiling, “Yes.” My husband, however, answers, “No, I get to share them with my wife.” And it’s true. My husband and I are honored to share six wonderful children […]

To Be More Joyful: Get Thicker Skin

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This is a continuing series about ways in which we can become more joyful. If you missed previous posts or find that you’re still too crabby, go back to the beginning of 14 Ways to Be More Joyful. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. I remember being five […]

Counting My Blessings Once Again

I’m stunned that these children are all mine. There once was a time when we only thought we’d have one child. And here we are with six, pretty darn cute little babes. When I get frustrated with fussy toddlers, insistent preschoolers, angry little boys, and angry little big boys, I’m reminded. I’m so blessed that […]