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  • How to Teach Your Kids to Value Others

    It is such a joy to have Chelsie here sharing with us about how to teach your kids to value others. When she shared about this idea with me over coffee, I was instantly intrigued. I love hearing tips for parenting and building a strong family and this is definitely one of them! 

    Have you ever heard the phrase, “Kids say the darndest things.”? Many people are familiar with the show named after this that came out in the mid 90’s. Did you ever see it? If you have, then you know it’s absolutely hilarious. It was a show filled with a compilation of videos featuring little kids caught in the moment answering questions and responding with the most darndest, cutest things.

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  • Learning to Thrive as a Mom

    The months after I came home from the hospital with my second son were spent in survival mode. My days were filled with learning how to balance two very different children.  Exhaustion overwhelmed my soul and I felt like a failure as a mom.  

    Throughout my entire pregnancy with my second child, I had envisioned the days ahead spent playing Thomas the Train together and running around outside. What I did not envision was a baby who did not sleep well, potty training being such a struggle, and so many other things.  I did not expect to stare at the clock every day, eagerly waiting  for evening when my husband would return from work.

     

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  • Saying Yes

    This school year has been full of new transitions for our family. With both of the boys at school now, it is just my daughter and I at home. We are learning new rhythms and I am starting to see what a sweet season this is. 

    There is something so special and beautiful about the quality time that we spend with our little ones. I have realized how quickly time does fly by and it has caused me to slow down.  My goal is always to be intentional with my children, so that has urged on my love for quality time with my kids. 

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  • Choosing Rest over Busy

    Sitting down, I looked at the week ahead and started to feel the overwhelm enter my soul. There were so many activities, commitments, and obligations. Every evening seemed to  be filled with something. This is life as a mom of three, I thought to myself. Yet, deep down I wondered if it had to be that way.  Do we have to accept the busy life? Or is there something else? 

    Our days are so busy. We fill every moment to the brim.  We run wearily from one activity to another convinced that each is necessary and of greatest importance. By the end of the week, we crash and take a deep breath before entering into a hectic weekend. Our souls crave something quieter, smaller, but we convince ourselves that is unrealistic. 

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  • How can we start choosing joy- no matter what the circumstances are.

    Choosing Joy

    Nothing was going right. From the moment my youngest woke our entire house at the early hour of 5am, it had been one thing after another. The boys were arguing over toys, the puppy having accidents on the floor, and I spilled my coffee all over myself. Grumbling, I made extra coffee and attempted to wake my weary self. In moments like these, and in moments much harder than these, joy can seem like an unrealistic emotion. However, I have learned that having joy is different than being happy. 

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  • How to start a family night

    How to Create a Family Night

    One area that I am really focused on being intentional in lately is our family. It is so important to me that our kids feel like our home is a place of love and encouragement. We want to build a beautiful unity in our home between all of us. One of the ways, we do this is by having a regular family night. Today, I will give you some tips to help you in creating your own family night.

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  • How to Save Money on School Clothes

    As school is back in session, I have been working on sorting through my kids’ clothes. With everything we need to buy at the beginning of a school year, I am all about saving money on school clothes! The supplies can quickly add up so I love to look for ways to save a dollar or two. 

    Below are some of my tips for how you can save money on school clothes.

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  • What I Want to Teach My Daughter about Friendship

    When I first found out I was having a daughter, I was overwhelmed with unbelief, excitement, and fear. Naturally, after having two boys, I had figured a little girl was unlikely so my unbelief was there. As soon as we left the doctors office my mind drifted to all things pink and girly. And then in the corner of my mind was this little lingering fear. Kids are mean- my son has had his fair share of issues but girls can be downright nasty to each other. With all that I am, I want to protect my sweet girl from this, but chances are she will have to face a mean girl at some point. I can either live in fear or seek to prepare her.

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