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  • 31 Days of Christmas

    For the month of October I am joining in with Write 31 Days. I will be focusing on 31 Days of an Intentional Christmas.  Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year.  It is so fun creating memories during this season and I love hearing what other people do to make it meaningful.  

    If you are anything like me, you love the idea of an intentional Christmas but somehow the plans never come to fruition. 

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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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  • How to Save Time with Meal Planning

    I tend to have a love/hate relationship with meal planning. Naturally, I love to be intentional about a good plan, but sitting down and putting one together, following through, and then making the dinners every evening can create some overwhelm in my life. Generally, as the dinner hour approaches, my kids always seem to go intofull on crazy mode. Some days it can seem like the greatest struggle ever to get a healthy dinner on the table while managing the little ones.

    When I talk to friends who work outside the home, I hear the same struggle with them concerning meal planning. As they race home from work, pick up the kids, the last thing on their minds is trying to fix dinner. 

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  • In Whatever You Do

    The broom moved swiftly over the laminate floor, as I carefully swept up the remaining crumbs from the day. It was an everyday task and so routine that I could move through the motions in my sleep. As I bent over to sweep the piles of crumbs Into the dustpan, the thoughts started to fill my mind.

    “How many times do I sweep crumbs? No one even cares. I am constantly cleaning up something.” 

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  • Letting Others See the Mess

    There were thirty minutes before our friends were coming over for dinner. Naturally, I was running around frantically cleaning every little spot possible. Toys were thrown back into containers, the vacuum was ran, unfolded laundry was shoved into our bedroom as I attempted to create an illusion of perfection. When our friends arrived, we greeted them with plastered on smiles with a spotless house. 

    Throughout the entire evening, I struggled to be fully present. My mind was constantly spinning with thoughts of whether the kids were behaving, when should I bring dessert out, and that I needed to clean up the dishes. 

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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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