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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 […]

To Be More Joyful: Encourage Others

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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. This past week as my kids and I hit a few bumps in the road as regards […]

Booking It: Monthly Update

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How are you doing on your reading? It’s amazing that we set reading goals almost nine months ago. Where did the time go? Today would be a great time to review what you’ve read, especially if you’re not sure how much you’ve read this year. You’ve still got a little more than three months until […]