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Emergency Preparedness

Here in Middle America, the last few months have been peppered with bouts of “severe weather” which translated means “possibility of tornados.” Even after four years in Kansas City, it’s still a new experience for this California girl. I don’t freak out when I hear the sirens, but there is a little sense of uneasiness. […]

It’s Hard to Be a Tigger

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A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. — Proverbs 17:22 Awhile ago I read a moving article written by Randy Pausch, a professor at Carnegie-Mellon, who is battling terminal cancer. It provoked me in several respects, especially about making the most of the time we have with the […]

MOM Motivation

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Last week we had a fantastic conversation about how to pursue joy in this journey called Motherhood. Here are just a few of the Great Things that were mentioned: * Daily time with the Lord, relying on His strength and not our own * Remembering how it feels to be corrected and keeping that in […]

Fatherhood: A Tough Bill to Fill

Being a dad is a hard job. Yes, I know, momming is challenging, too. But, as I get older, God is giving me eyes to see my husband in light of the unique challenges he faces. It’s not all about me. Since ours is a one-income home, the responsibility of providing for our physical needs […]

Book It! Queen of the Castle

Recently the book, Queen of the Castle by Lynn Bowen Walker, fell into my hands. It is aptly subtitled, “52 Weeks of Encouragement for the Uninspired, Domestically Challenged or Just Plain Tired Homemaker.” Well, what mom doesn’t need encouragement, inspiration, domestic training or a shot in the arm? (Really, SuperMom does not exist, and we […]

Chocolate, Anyone? (Recipe: Chocolate Cheesecake)

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Earlier this week I posed the question: What Make You Joyful? If you haven’t had a chance to read the comments section, please do! They are excellent: insightful, encouraging, compassionate, and creative. I really felt like, “Hey! What great advice! We’re in this thing together! “ Please feel free to keep the conversation going. One […]

Music to Soothe the Savage Beast

The other day, I mentioned how much I love my iPod as one of the special tools in my bag of tricks. I listen with ear buds while I clean toilets, fold laundry, wash dishes. It helps my motivation immensely. Yesterday, Shari commented how much music helps her be joyful in this journey through motherhood. […]

What Makes You Joyful?

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I’ve been thinking about this idea of “Joyful Motherhood.” I want my kids to remember me as being cheerful and not nagging. Patient instead of crabby. Pleasant rather than grouchy. I want to be able to keep it together when there’s paint on the floor — and the table — and the baby. one to […]