Climbing out of the Pit finding hope loving jesus

I am hesitant to hit “post” on this. When I launched this new site, I determined that I did not want it to be… self-indulgent. I desire to inspire and encourage you, not simply relive my own experiences for your entertainment or my own catharsis. However, I do feel like I...

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The schedule that saved our summer activites imom schedule summer the everyday mom

We love summer vacation! The possibilities are endless, and our bucket lists are full. Unfortunately, operating without a summer schedule often leads to either overcommitting ourselves or spending so much time relaxing that we miss out on great opportunities and adventures.

Last summer, I...

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The Anchor of HOPE finding hope loving jesus

It’s almost time to pick the kids up, and I haven’t finished cleaning up the basement. I have failed again.

I can’t believe I forgot to pack their lunches last night. I have failed again.

Wow, she is doing such incredible work for the Lord, and I barely manage to find time to...

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Are you at MAXIMUM CAPACITY? capacity hope purpose the everyday woman

What is your comfort food?

Over the weekend my entire family came down with a stomach bug. My entire family. All five of us. What a vision: four of us sprawled out on various couches and chairs, covered in blankets, watching 1990s family movies, offering each other millions of...

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When your day is out of focus devotional focus loving jesus

I wrote this piece almost nine years ago. I pulled it up with the intent of refreshing and updating it, but I couldn’t bring myself to touch it. The message hit home for me just as it is, and I hope it does for you too.

 

And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came...

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“What’s wrong with that boy?” Now on The Today Show blog! disabilities disability awareness down syndrome special needs parenting today show

Friends, if you have been around for a while, you may have already seen this article, but I have BIG NEWS! I got an e-mail yesterday that this post is now being featured on The Today Show’s parenting blog!!! So may I humbly ask you for a favor? Please click on the link below, which will...

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Err on the side of kindness loving jesus

I love to help people—watching kids for a neighbor, taking a meal to a family, grabbing a cup of coffee with a friend going through a hard time. Helping someone in need is great. I love it. Well, sort of. I mean… The truth is… I love to help people who appreciate my help.

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Mom-isms for a new generation the everyday mom

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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?” OK, that’s not exactly the kind of thing I mean.

Some might call them “mom-isms.” Tell me if any of these...

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Top 10 reasons why life isn’t fair the special needs mom

So very much can change in five years, friends. Today I am hugely thankful for our life. Today I love every single chromosome in Joey’s body. Today I cannot imagine our life without Down’s. But that wasn’t always the case. When Joey was diagnosed, I was angry and confused...

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How can moms help with teen emotions? emotions parenting teens the everyday mom

When my daughter was a preschooler, I remember joking about her future: “If she’s got a 13-year-old’s attitude now, how am I going to handle her when she’s actually a teenager?” Her emotions seemed bigger than she was, far too big for her tiny body. Surely she would...

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