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The Art of an Apology

I spend a lot of time apologizing for things I have not done wrong. For example, I will be standing in the grocery store, looking at grapefruits and someone will come up next to me to also look at grapefruits. And I will apologize. “Oh, I’m sorry.”Or I will be laying my yoga mat down in a full class and because I am in the proximity of another person’s yoga mat, I will apologize. “Oh, I’m sorry.”I started noticing I was doing this. Apologizing. A lot. Which got me thinking about apologies. Here’s my theory: I think we women feel ...
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Starry-Eyed: Cultivating a Hospitable Heart

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I have had to get over my house. I live in a teeny-tiny house. It is cozy and messy. My kids love art projects, which means that there is sure to be glitter in my ...
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Show-and-Tell: Helping Kids to Play Well With Others

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Helping kids play well with others can be challenging at times. None of us, including our kids, are wired to share, put others first or choose kindness when things don’t go our way. Teaching healthy ...
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Get to Know Your Neighbors This Summer: 6 Ways to Connect

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The spring we moved to Seattle five years ago I didn’t see a single soul outside of our house for more than a minute or two. People moved quickly from their cars to their door, ...
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The Art of an Apology

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I spend a lot of time apologizing for things I have not done wrong. For example, I will be standing in the grocery store, looking at grapefruits and someone will come up next to me ...
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Why Suffering Is Key to a Successful Marriage

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“I don’t want us to be afraid of adversity,” my husband says.We’re in the van, on our way home from church, of course, because that’s when many of our fights happen, the boys in the ...
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Threads of Service

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Every day my husband serves me and our family in a hundred little ways. From waking with the children so that I can get more rest to changing diapers; from washing dishes to doing the ...
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The Brilliant Parenting Lesson I Learned From My Husband

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I recently went out of town for a conference and left my husband to manage our four children. I decided to call daily to check on his parenting progress and give him advice on how
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Making Marriage Work When You Haven’t Seen a Healthy Model

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I wasn’t sure how it was supposed to go. Any of it. The morning kisses. The talks about money. The decisions around kids. Maybe no one does. But my understanding of marriage was gleaned from ...
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In the Dark: Healing Sexual Intimacy After Porn and Infidelity

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I'll never forget the first time my husband, Jason, and I had the opportunity to speak together to a group of couples at a retreat deep in the mountains of Colorado.  We were there to ...
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Get to Know Your Neighbors This Summer: 6 Ways to Connect

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The spring we moved to Seattle five years ago I didn’t see a single soul outside of our house for more than a minute or two. People moved quickly from their cars to their door, ...
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Pizza Party

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Family pizza night is something everyone can look forward to and celebrate without breaking the bank – whether you’re a family of two or twelve!Italian music optional.YOU’LL NEEDRolling pin Baking/pizza trays Saucepan Can opener Pizza cutter or knifeINGREDIENTSStore-bought pizza ...
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5 DIY Projects That Embrace Rest

5 DIY Projects That Embrace Rest

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You do it all, friend. You’re the cook, the launderer, the house cleaner, the playmate, the peacemaker, the teacher, the caretaker, the chauffeur and so much more. But most importantly, you are the only version ...
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Starry-Eyed: Cultivating a Hospitable Heart

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I have had to get over my house. I live in a teeny-tiny house. It is cozy and messy. My kids love art projects, which means that there is sure to be glitter in my ...
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Simple Summer Snacking: Tips for the Park, Pool and Days Spent On the Go!

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Summertime brings vacations, trips to the park, pool and beach days and lots of exciting day trips! When you have little ones, there are so many things to remember to pack (diapers, sunscreen, back-up clothes, ...
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With Love, From MOPS

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Hello, Dearest,We wanted to let you know about something really exciting we’re launching here at MOPS …As you know, every Membership Kit contains a Leave-Behind Letter, encouraging moms to infuse kindness into the world by leaving an anonymous ...
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Show-and-Tell: Helping Kids to Play Well With Others

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Helping kids play well with others can be challenging at times. None of us, including our kids, are wired to share, put others first or choose kindness when things don’t go our way. Teaching healthy ...
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Summer Dreaming: 5 Tips for Success

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It’s a beautiful, warm, spring day, and I’m summer dreaming.  Imagine it with me, ladies – relaxing mornings, sleeping in late, long leisurely cups of coffee, afternoons of reading by the pool with a book, ...
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5 Things Kids Need From Parents

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“You cut off the crusts?” He looks up at me like I am the first star in the evening sky, as though he said his star-light-star-bright rhyme and got his wish. “I has to tell ...
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Brave Collective: Nashville

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Traveling south from Nashville, Tennessee, the green hills are lined with white fences. It brings to mind gatherings around farm tables with home-cooked meals. The mood was set as Dalley Galuzzi, Jackie Alvarez and Mandy ...
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Brave Collective: NYC

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We gathered in a second floor Long Island City apartment. It was a couple blocks from the waterfront and the first subway stop in Queens outside of Manhattan. We maneuvered the table into the living ...
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Encouraging Your Brave Collective

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My four-year-old daughter happens to be the biggest fan of me doing the Brave Collective. No, really.She found a shirt with a feather on it and wears it every time I have a Brave Collective ...
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