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To all the Terrible Mama’s

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To all the terrible Mama's: you're not so terrible

Welcome to the terrible Mama club! So, you’re a terrible Mama too, huh? Yeah, I get you. We were married 6 years before we had our first child, Alex Elizabeth. She came out looking just like her daddy. Uggh. Can I be honest? I was SUPER frustrated that this child looked nothing like me. I carried her for 9 months, 6 of which I threw up half the day. It was kinda nice when our…

How I Learned to Fiercely Trust During a Time of Doubt {Fierce Friday}

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How I learned to fiercely trust God during a season of extreme doubt.

Thanksgiving of 2016 is one that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.  It’s the day that our “normal” was forever changed… Life Altered. I remember that as I sat next to my son in the dark, all I could hear was the bleep of the heart monitor.  The overwhelming concern I felt was sending chills down my spine.  My nineteen year old son Alex lay sleeping in the hospital bed with his body…

Loving your Spouse Well During the Teen Years

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loving your spouse well during the teen years

When John and I got married a little over 25 years ago we had no idea what we were getting ourselves in to as it regards to parenting. And I would guess that most couples feel the same. Marriage can be hard, yes.. but parenting? Ugh.. And how about parenting two teens…that just happen to be girls.  Oh, God. <Literally> We’ve got two girls. Honestly we wouldn’t trade them for anything but I would be lying if I…

My Love/Hate Relationship with Mothering | Fierce Friday

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My Love/Hate Relationship with Mothering

My Love/Hate Relationship with Mothering   Mothering and I have a love/hate relationship. I love the idea of being a good mom. I want to be one. But there’s a struggle and underlying uncertainty with each attempt. I simply don’t feel good enough. And I hate it. It’s a vicious cycle. Try. Fail. Self scorn. Mothering pity party for 1. Attempt again. And girl, don’t even place a June Cleaver-type in my tracks.   It’ll…

Fighting for my child | {Fierce Friday}

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A story about a mothers strength in fighting for her child.

It’s #fierceFriday today! I’m so honored to bring you Carmen’s story about her son, sweet Malachi and the life-threatening surgeries he endured during the first couple months of his life. You’ll want to grab some kleenex! As I stood outside of the two large sliding doors that were wide opened the team rushed into the room taking their positions. Each person knew where to stand, what their duty was, what tool or instrument to reach…

Adoption: Fighting Fiercely | {Fierce Friday}

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5 things adoption taught me about fighting fiercely

I remember the day I first saw her face. The big brown eyes, the curly black ringlets of hair around her head, and the smile sprawling across her tiny face. Something about her spoke straight to my heart. In that moment I knew she was ours. The Holy Spirit moved as I’d never before experienced. This was the child God had hand-picked for us halfway around the world. You see, long ago, God had created…

How to stay involved in her life as a teen.

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Being involved in her life as a teen starts when she is young. It is a relationship that is developed over time.

  Too many times, we assume that our teenage daughters should just automatically involve us in every aspect of their life. We think they owe it to us.  I mean, we gave birth to them, right?  Can I just tell you- they owe us nothing. Not one thing. We provide for their basic needs their entire lives and as they grow into teenagers our hope and desire is that they still want us to actively be a part…

Not Your Typical Mother’s Day tribute.

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This isn't your typical Mother's Day tribute. It's not focused on giving advice, a top ten list of the qualities of a good mom or even my own mom.

First things first. Guess what?  Eeek! My fists are curled up in excitement and they’re covering my mouth and I’m just giddy! John agreed to guest post for me! It’ll be coming SOON. So watch out for it! Now..onto today: This is Not Your Typical Mother’s Day Tribute.   This is a different kind of Mother’s Day tribute. I’m not going to give you mom advice, a top ten list of the qualities of a good mom,…

March | Learns & Loves

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March learns and loves.

March is gone! With that said, I think it’s important to take some time each month and look back to evaluate. Here are my learns and loves for March:   It hit me that in less than 8 weeks my first born will complete a major milestone in her life.  She will graduate high school. It’s sneaking up on me. I can’t believe it’s almost here! That’s all I really have to say about that….

Why I Don’t Shield My Kids

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Why I Don't Shield My Kids

I don’t shield my kids, and let me show you why. Not too long ago, Fuller House, starring Candace Cameron Bure aired on Netflix. Since then, I’ve seen dozens of articles about how disappointed people are with the show. And while I must admit that I was a tad surprised in episode 2 when DJ, Stephanie and Kimmie went to a club, had tequila shots and “dirty danced”, I did not get offended and I’m…

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