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Beauty in Simplicity

Another Monday arrives, I feel the weight of yet another week coming: how will I keep the children entertained this week, will my activities measure up and am I doing enough as a mom? Will I be seen in the right ways this week, am I obeying the call of motherhood as I so desperately long to? I can feel the oppression weighing heavy on my chest. I just don’t believe I am good enough; I don’t think I am doing this mothering thing right. But then as I sink to my knees, pray to the Lord to give me strength; to breathe ...
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Envy

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Envy: it's the bone-rotter. The joy-corroder. Buzzkill. I feel it pervade as I look at photos of impeccably adorned, whitewashed Pottery Barnesque mantles, slapdash art with a gazillion "likes," Instagram accounts of people who seem ...
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The grass is greener on the other side, especially behind an Instagram filter. When I worked at my oh-so-important job in DC, I used to long for the simple life: a family of my own, ...
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The Memory of Every Day

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This was my first year as a mom of a full-time student. My littlest is still home with me in the mornings, but my oldest daughter, Iris, is a full-fledged, all-day kindergartner and proud of ...
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Envy

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Envy: it's the bone-rotter. The joy-corroder. Buzzkill. I feel it pervade as I look at photos of impeccably adorned, whitewashed Pottery Barnesque mantles, slapdash art with a gazillion "likes," Instagram accounts of people who seem ...
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No Filter Added

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The grass is greener on the other side, especially behind an Instagram filter. When I worked at my oh-so-important job in DC, I used to long for the simple life: a family of my own, ...
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The Memory of Every Day

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This was my first year as a mom of a full-time student. My littlest is still home with me in the mornings, but my oldest daughter, Iris, is a full-fledged, all-day kindergartner and proud of ...
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Magic in the Mundane

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Years ago, I had a dreamlike idea of what motherhood would look like. It looked like the time I babysat a 3-year-old boy at the park and we threw sticks over the side of a
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Embracing Differences: In-law Edition

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My husband married a woman unlike the women in his family. His mother and sisters are logical, organized and have lots of common sense. They’re great planners, they can spot a problem from a mile ...
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How I’m Choosing to Parent Differently Because I’m Married to a Man That Used to Look at Porn

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I don't want to be different! I want to fit in, be part of the crowd! No, this is not your child talking. It's me – hitting my fists against a pillow. Resisting, screaming, begging to be normal ...
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Beauty in Simplicity

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Another Monday arrives, I feel the weight of yet another week coming: how will I keep the children entertained this week, will my activities measure up and am I doing enough as a mom? Will ...
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Into the Small Places

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The world tells us that what matters most is the grand, the visible, the powerful. But Jesus speaks of children, mustard seeds and yeast (an organism so small it’s invisible to the naked eye!). His ...
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The Journey to Good Health

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When my oldest child was just six weeks old, I was sitting in the doctor’s office for a follow-up appointment, flipping through a magazine and reflecting on the highs and lows of caring for a ...
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Mirari Glow to Sleep

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Babies bring joy and happiness to families, but they also bring changes and challenges. Children aren’t born knowing the difference between night and day, and it can take several months before they adapt to the ...
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With Love, From MOPS

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Hello Dearest, Last week, it was a close friend’s birthday and I gave her a customized Giving Keys necklace. I took some time to pray and consider what word I felt like she needed to read ...
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Call for Submission – February Blog

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Theme: Idolatry of Magnitude We often seek out big moments in life. Fiery sunsets in exotic places. Ideas that will change the world.  We seem to live in a culture plagued with an idolatry of magnitude ...
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Don’t Worry, My Child

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You do not have to worry, child. Not about the spelling quiz, the untied shoes, the next soccer game, the day you are late to school. Don’t worry that you will have to stand in ...
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The Restorative, Healing Powers of Awe

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Awe research. It’s a real thing and it’s happening at the University of California, Berkeley. A team of psychologists have found that people who experience awe manifest some very interesting behaviors. I would have guessed ...
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GIST: How Do I Know When I’m Over-Parenting?

Maybe we can make a deal. We’ll agree that “doting” is OK for a baby – if you agree to discontinue doting as soon as your child gets a little older. Deal? Doting over a baby ...
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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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