A Back-To-School List For Parents

Written by: | August 27, 2018

School supplies on table
Earlier this summer, my kids started begging me for a kiddie pool.  We had one last year, but we hardly had a chance to use it before the dog started using it as his waterbed (true story), so I wanted to get a new one this year.   At...
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6 Important Things to Tell Your Daughter Before Middle School

Written by: | August 24, 2018

Young girls friends at school
I didn’t want to write this post.  I rebelled against it.  Who wants to write a post about a hormonal teenager?  Not me; not when I am in the thick of pre-teen awesomeness.  I remember being even worse at my daughter’s age.  Many of her strengths and weaknesses are...
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Easy Weeknight Recipes for Busy Families

Written by: | August 13, 2018

Happy mother and daughter having fun while making easy weeknight recipes in the kitchen.
One thing I’m always on the hunt for is easy weeknight recipes that are yummy and don’t take a lot of time. (Which means more time with my family!) One of these recipes came from an editor, one came from a friend,, and the other I created with trial...
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Why Your Teen Should Take Risks

Written by: | August 10, 2018

Gym class with volleyball in foreground.
After I first got married, I remember having dinner with a friend and her teenage daughter. By the end of the night, I actually had the gall to give her parenting advice. No, she didn’t ask for it. And no, I didn’t have any children of my own, much...
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How To Talk To Kids About Heaven Without Scaring Them

Written by: | July 23, 2018

Man and son on the beach
“Mom, will there be dinosaurs in Heaven?” I looked at my six year old in the rearview mirror and couldn’t help grinning.  He was asking the same sort of questions that I used to wonder about in Heaven.  Will there be animals there?  Will we drive in cars?  What...
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The Parenting Journey

Written by: | June 15, 2018

Parenting, Parenting Teens, Smart mouth kids, sassy kids
I’m in the throes of my hardest parenting journey to date. I feel like I need to find a support group. “Hello, my name is Jen, and I’m the mom to two teenagers.” “Hi Jen,” comes the response in an “I’m not envious of your life at all” sort...
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Scripture Study: A Family Devotion on The Parable of the Four Soils (Matthew 13:1-23 )

Written by: | May 11, 2018

“To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.” -spoken by Jesus in Matthew 13:12 NLT A Family Devotion...
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Rethinking Mother’s Day: Remembering Our Purpose

Written by: | May 9, 2018

What makes a good mother?  I constantly ask myself this without even realizing it.   As I flip through Facebook, I see all the adorable new babies being born.  Along with most birth announcements, comes the phrase, “baby and mommy are doing well.” A simple phrase, that carries a heavy...
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A Guide To Giving The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

Written by: | May 2, 2018

Mother's Day Gift, Mother's Day Gift Guide, Mother's Day Present
“Mama, I have a surprise for you! Close your eyes!” I peek through a squinted eye as my little boy whips a sticky hand out from behind his back and places something yellow and squishy in my hand. I look down to see a wilted dandelion. The perfect Mother’s Day...
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5 Ways Kids Can Celebrate New Life in Jesus

Written by: | March 28, 2018

5 simple and creative ways kids can celebrate new life in Jesus. Love these Easter and Spring activities!
Easter is one of my favorite times of the year. The sunshine, flowers blooming and baby animals are always a joy, but my favorite thing is celebrating the new life that Jesus gives with my kids. Here are five simple ways to do that. 1. Memorize a Scripture together....
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3 Questions to Ask When Considering to Work or Stay Home with Kids

Written by: | March 23, 2018

Great story and questions to ask when considering to work or stay home with kids.
It’s a question that’s as old as the chicken and the egg: should I work or stay home after I have kids? Well, maybe not quite that old, since for centuries it was assumed that women would stay home to raise their family. But in today’s world, not only...
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How Making Mistakes Can Help Your Children

Written by: | March 19, 2018

How Making Mistakes Can Help Your Children. Letting kids see that God is our answer reminds them he is their answer too!
There are so, so, so, so many mistakes I make every day.  I’d try to count them, but I don’t think it’s possible to count that high.  Messing up is a part of being human.  God says we can’t be perfect and we shouldn’t hold ourselves to a standard...
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