Mom-isms: New Huffington Post piece the everyday mom

I originally posted a version of this post here on katyepling.com, but decided to revise and share it at Huffington Post today…

What did your mom say when you were a kid? You know, the things she said a lot. In my house, it was “How on earth does your room get THAT messy?”...

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Just DO something! loving jesus the glorious table

“Well, let’s do something, even if it’s wrong.”

My sweet boyfriend had driven two hours each way to pick me up from college and take me to the comfort of my parents’ house while I moaned and shivered from the flu. Unfortunately, he had slightly miscalculated the...

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Building a marriage with joy marriage the worthy walk

I have become the newest contributor at The Worthy Walk, a radio/podcast ministry featuring our head pastor Tim Armstrong! Check out my first post…

 

My husband Jon and I had been married just over a year when we decided to build a new house. A builder by trade, Jon drew the...

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Living, learning, and praising in the desert loving jesus

living with pain

 

It has been four months since Grace came down with a virus that has turned into a nightmare of doctor appointments, tests, and non-answers, as she continues to battle pain and fatigue. Her head and stomach hurt constantly, she gets tired easily, school seems to exacerbate it all...

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Building Community: Getting a little definition community friendships

When Jon and I were first married, I felt like the new kid in town. Although we lived just a few miles from my hometown, I had been away at college for a few years and had lost touch with most of my childhood friends. Our marriage was new, our home was new, our church was new (to me)–I was...

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Wisdom is… loving jesus

I have heard a lot of talk—some from my own lips—about wisdom in the past few weeks. I encourage my kids to make wise choices. I look for wisdom as a wife, a mom, a friend. I look at the world around me and see so much foolishness (ahem, upcoming presidential election). It...

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Adopted into the Family of God loving jesus

I met my parents when I was seventy-two hours old. That’s not how most parent-child relationships start, but this was no ordinary story. Instead of months of pregnancy, my parents experienced years of attempting to adopt. Instead of hours of labor, they spent hours in the car, racing to a...

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Supposed to be: Stop fighting for control control hope loss supposed to be

When you were a child, did you dream about your future? Did you have a plan for your college, your career, your family? Did you picture how many children you would have, what their names would be, what your house would look like?

How has that worked out for you?

Try as we might, we cannot control...

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Supposed to be: Intention matters down syndrome hope joseph perspective purpose special needs parenting supposed to be

This isn’t how it’s supposed to be. We’ve all uttered those words at some point, but for a while they basically became my mantra. This morning I read through some old posts and journal entries from the days (ahem, months) following Joey’s Down syndrome diagnosis,...

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To allow(ance) or not to allow(ance), that is the question the everyday mom

allowance

I’ll never forget the day I decided my kids were ready to start getting an allowance. I heard bickering from the next room and moved in to listen better. It went something like this:

Matt (3): Gracie, why are you cutting the couch? Grace (5): Shhhhh, Matt. Stop. I’m not....

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