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Sep
05
The Best Tool for Getting Homework Done While You’re Out!


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Well Hello There Strong Mamas!!


All mamas of preschool or older kids know this scene. You pick up your kids from school and the rest of the day is packed with marital arts, tutoring, dance, sports games, running a couple errands or whatever. Homework is looming over your shoulder. A couple of things usually happen: either you get the kids home late and exhausted and try to get homework done without tears (good luck!) or you try to do some of it while you are waiting in the Target line (“Read me your chapter while we walk”) or sitting at ballet. But you always hear the same thing. “I need a ruler for this math page.” or “I don’t have a pencil.”...


Sep
05
Mama, What Have You DONE!?!


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I was counseling a younger mother the other day who has little ones. She was discouraged and overwhelmed to the point of tears by the amount of things that needed to be done that she just couldn’t finish… we all know that deal, right? Laundry, meals, doctor’s appointments, email, praying for our kids, HAIR if you have daughters and maybe HAIR, HAIR, HAIR if you have daughters of color, policing technology, college visits and move ins… the list is gargantuan. And that is not an exaggeration. Mamas, our lists ARE EVER-FLOWING WITH TASKS! There is always more to do at home. More to do in the training up of our children. It feels like too much because it IS too ...


Sep
05
My Killer School Lunch System! Lunch Decks!

A few years ago I was in my kitchen with all of my kids except the youngest. We were getting ready for school. The baby comes into the kitchen, sees the activity and promptly asks me to make his lunch (his nickname, by the way, is “Elbows Up.” Clasp your hands behind your head with your elbows up and you’ll get the full picture of my little guy’s opinion of work.).


The other kids all turn around with eyebrows raised in amusement and look matter-of-factly at the little tike. “No,” I say emphatically. He turns to his then 8-year old sister, “Can you make my lunch for me? Mommy won’t do it and none of my friends have to make theirs.” My 8-ye...


Sep
05
Child of Mine, Go and Die


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And, normally, I am thinking of the year I have had as a mother, ways I need to grow, the blessings of being a mama to my five, long conversations with God of gratitude and questions. Mostly I am thinking about how I can rest, feed my soul and how my crew can serve me.


But this Mother’s Day is different.


This weekend I’ve got something new stirring in my spirit. It all happened yesterday…


I heard something that stopped me in my tracks.


So many of us have heard and know by heart John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”


And I, like so many of you, have thought, &l...


Sep
04
The Shepherd (A Poem for Mothers)


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Never forget the value of what you do in your home.


Whether you are dusting the furniture or wiping bottoms,


Reading a story or comforting your toddler at the doctor,


Wiping down the table or on your knees praying,


You are shepherding the hearts of your kids.


You see, it takes all of that…


The cleaning


The teaching


The putting on of Band-Aids and answering emails…


To affect the lives of children.


Each day you wake up to these blessings of Christ wrapped in your flesh and bearing your name


And you stand in the gap for them


Doing what only you can do


And all the things that are so hard to do…


Each day you are the watchful eye of Christ


The just Hand of God


The comfort of the Holy Spiri...


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04
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04
One Awesome Harry Potter Birthday Party!


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So, in 17 years of parenting I have celebrated exactly 62 birthdays with my 5 kids. Some were large productions and some years they just got a couple of presents and a birthday cake with family. But either way, I can humbly and in all honesty say I am an expert in planning birthdays. Now, we don’t do parties this big for every kid every year. However, my middle girl is a blossoming event planner, interior designer and stylist with a “vision” for almost everything in her life from her room decor to the signature colors of her Spring wardrobe. Bringing this idea of hers to fruition ministered to her in a significant place in her personhood. And that is my job. To see the gi...