Category Archives: Parenting

How To Be A Life Giving Mom

By | Adoption, Parenting | One Comment

As a little girl, I dreamt of two things when it came to adoption. First, I dreamt of one day adopting a child so I could offer this special gift to a child–just as I had received. And secondly, to one day see a picture of my birth mother (especially her hips—to see what I was up against!) After many years of waiting, the second dream of seeing my birth mother’s picture transpired last Sunday…

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3 Ways to Teach Our Kids to Live The Opposite of Normal

By | Everyday Life, Parenting | One Comment

Growing up, I was constantly bombarded with the belief system that I needed to be normal. I learned early on going to school and watching my peers that normal is safe, normal is living in-a-box, normal is respected, acceptable, and rewarded. But, what happens when we don’t feel normal? What happens when our kids grow up feeling they are far from normal. You can’t live normal and live out a God-adventure.

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What Makes A Real Mom?

By | Parenting | 9 Comments

For the past twenty years, I help with homework, cheer at soccer games, and make school lunches. I arrange hair appointments, attend school programs, sports activities, and dance recitals. I fiercely protect, encourage, challenge, and pray for their safety. I play board games, help a new driver drive, and send care packages to college. I meet with teachers, shop for new shoes, talk about their day. I listen to their music, dance to their music (much to their horror, and sing their music a little too loud. Every single day I am reminded how hard it is being a mom. {Happy Mother’s Day}

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10 Things Moms Want and Don’t Want For Mother’s Day

By | Everyday Life, Parenting | 2 Comments

I have all three of my kids home this year for Mother’s Day! Last year, we were living in Nicaragua and I was missing my two bigs! They left for the states to spend time with family and left me a Spanish card and decorated the door of our casa with balloons. It was sweet and thoughtful, but having them here with me this year to spend time with, laugh hard with, kiss bunches, and give out endless hugs means the world to me.

As I was thinking about what I wanted to share this week, I couldn’t just pick one, so I decided to collect the top 10 favorite mom links I found to celebrate Mother’s Day with you from all over blog land.

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6 Ways To Help Kids Pray Through A Tough Decision

By | Everyday Life, Parenting | One Comment

We watched our teenager have really good days, and really hard days returning back home to the states. Heck, I was having good and bad days, too. It’s difficult to watch your child face uncertainties and even more difficult knowing how to help them pray through a tough decision. We challenged her to “pray through” and take the time to allow God to guide her (not us).

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