When Siblings Are Not Best Friends Aug 10, 2022

"How do I encourage my children to be close friends?"

We get this message a lot, and while I am still learning and growing in navigating close relationship, I looked back and considered the things my parents did to intentionally encouraged me to be best friends with my 10 siblings . . ....

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Not a Job May 25, 2022

When we degrade Motherhood to being a “job” we limit it to being a binding chore. One we show up to every day because we have to.

One that will never quite make sense because while we render it synonymous with a profession, we don’t get benefits or pay.

When we try to argue it...

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Whatever I Wanted to Be May 04, 2022

She disciplined me. She argued with me. She didn’t try to be the “cool” mom. 

She didn’t care about me being well-liked, she cared about me living a life well-lived. She didn’t avoid conflict in the present, because she cared about my future.

She was the most...

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Every Fleeting Moment Apr 26, 2022

Today we’re making oatmeal in your little pot, tomorrow you’ll be making breakfast by yourself.

Today I hear your squabbles with the neighbor boy, tomorrow I’ll hear about your first date. 

Today we’re learning how to brush our teeth, tomorrow we’ll be learning...

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Enough Apr 19, 2022

I work pretty hard to be a good man, I wake before dawn with my bible in hand, just want to feel like I’m enough to deserve your love.

Wipe the sleep from my eyes, the fear from my mind, try to silence the lies with some verses I find, just want to feel like I’m enough to deserve your...

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Books That Shaped Us Apr 12, 2022

 

We all have those books that came at a pivotal point in our lives and left their mark on us for better or worse. This is a list of the books that have shaped us. Some we highly recommend, some we took with a pinch of salt. Either way, they've impacted us and we wanted to share them with...

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Your Surroundings Apr 01, 2022

Motherhood isn't doing the laundry. It isn't washing the dishes or changing a diaper or going to the park.

Yet so often we confuse menial chores with our high calling. 

Tasks surround everyone’s day.

Yet a Doctor saves lives — doesn’t wash hands, fill out paperwork, give...

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Biggest Takeaways From Interviewing Eric Ludy about Ministry, Work, and Family Life Mar 22, 2022

The Gospel of Jesus Christ and my family. That's what I want people to see me get most excited about when they are talking to me.

That is definitely what I saw in Eric Ludy when I interviewed him last week. And this left a strong impression on me. After writing 27 books, discipling thousands of...

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Real Fruit Mar 05, 2022

It’s easy to see joy on my parents' faces and the rich fruit of their labor. But so often, I want the reward without the effort.

The harvest, without the years of sowing, tilling, and back-breaking sweat. The fear of wondering if I'm doing enough. The seasons of stunted plants I've prayed...

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What I Don't Need Feb 16, 2022

We take one scroll down social media, and memes read, “moms need our wine.”

We take one trip to Walmart and a shirt will shout, “I haven’t had my coffee yet!”

We walk into one grocery store and the marketing whispers, “you can’t get by without...

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Do something for someone else Feb 01, 2022

When did it become noble to say, “I’m doing it for me?”

When did it become wrong to do something for someone else - to do something for no other reason, than that it brings someone you love joy?

“I’m doing it for myself. I’m doing it because it makes me feel...

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What I Listen To Jan 24, 2022

I listen to advice, but I don’t listen to foreboding doom.

I listen to women sharing how to avoid my children coming between me and my marriage. I don’t listen to negative voices saying, “it will never be the same.”

I listen to child training perspectives. I don’t...

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