The Rules of Engagement, er, Preschool

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Ever find yourself feeling like there’s a certain way of doing things and that maybe you don’t know what that is? Ever need to laugh at yourself? Life as Mom contributor, Deanna, shares her experience with the rules of engagement, er preschool. Recently my son began preschool. I headed into this experience feeling well prepared […]

In Search of the Perfect Picture

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Are you searching for perfection in your holiday family photos? Life as MOM contributor Deanna shares her recent quest to create the perfect Christmas card photo that will convince you that it is possible. I operate by lists. I thrive on building expectations. I love a good plan. Knowing that, you might find it hilarious that I […]

Trusting God to Keep Our Children Safe

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Do you worry about your children’s safety? Life as MOM contributor Deanna shares how she deals with the anxiety she experiences in keeping her children safe. Something that I have really struggled with lately is trusting God to keep my children safe. Every time I log onto Facebook, there’s another post about a child randomly […]

What to Wear in the Months after Having a Baby

What to Wear Postpartum

Life as MOM contributor Rena shares some tips on how to look your best after pregnancy. After you’ve had a baby, you hope to get right back to your old wardrobe, since it’s been so long since you’ve worn anything but maternity clothes. Unfortunately your body won’t bounce right back. Victoria Secret models who wear […]

We All Have Different Stories


Do you pass judgment on other moms for their parenting choices? Life as MOM contributor Deanna shares her story and reminds us that we make choices based on where we are on our parenting journeys. I remember that day as if it was yesterday. I was kneeling in the church nursery in front of my […]

Having Patience While Parenting a Child with Special Needs

Having Patience While Parenting a Child with Special Needs | Life as MOM

Are parents of children with special needs automatically patient? Life as MOM contributor Deanna shares about having patience while parenting her daughter who has Down Syndrome. Does having a child with special needs automatically guarantee that you are given the gift of patience? I recently heard someone griping about this. That they had a child […]

Helping Kids Help Each Other

Helping Kids Help Each Other

I think there are times that I should cheer Carter on. Yelling for him to run FASTER and encouraging him to reach his full, running potential. He has a gift, and he should use it!

And I love when I get one-on-one time with Addison where I can step slowly alongside her, relishing the extra time to notice little details along our walk. She shouldn’t be rushed to match Carter’s slow speed all the times.

But then there are times that we should all meet somewhere in the middle and walk as a family- creating a speed of family unity- where we’re all watching out for each other.

The world doesn’t need faster runners of more brilliantly gifted people. The world needs more hand holders, encouragers, teachers. I hope to model this for my children- one walk at a time.

5 Tips for Adding Another Baby to the Family

Tips for Adding Another Baby to the Family | Life as MOM

Adding another new baby to your family? Pick up a few tips on how to make the transition easier from new Life as MOM contributor Deanna. All photos: Deanna Adding a new baby to your family is a bit like adding a ball of fire to your juggling routine. The norm is thrown off balance, […]