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Janel Breitenstein

Janel Breitenstein

Janel Breitenstein graduated summa cum laude from John Brown University and began her career with NavPress, where she worked on The Message Bible. She is a mother of four and she and her family served as missionaries to Uganda for five years.  Janel has continued using her gift of writing by serving as a writer and editor and you can read more from her at A Generous Grace.


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Art Lessons … From My Daughter and Her Father

Sunday afternoons at my house have had some perks lately. They have found me on my back porch with a little 5-year-old who looks a lot like Shirley Temple at…

Christmas in Uganda

It needs to be said. For a mzungu (a foreigner), Christmas on the Equator is a little … weird. You’ve got the sun shining away at a pleasant 80 or…

Quiet Time Ideas for Moms of Littles

I’ve been there, and am still somewhat there. It’s fuzzy. Mostly for severe lack of sleep. But I remember. Some of you are still nursing through the night. You’ve got…

Faith: Small Weights, Lots of Reps

A handful of people I talk to seem bewildered—or concerned—by some strange internal constitution that would make us attempt Africa with four kids. (It seems there’s such a thin line…

New Year, New Adventure—Same ol’ Me (and New Me)

Well, it’s 2012—and for me, the countdown is ticking. God-willing, my family will toddle, wheel, walk, and drag itself into six plane seats bound in an African direction on January…

The Great New Year’s Purge

You’ve probably done it yourself before. Packing up to travel home after all of the Christmas festivities and generous gifts of relatives who—like God—love to give good gifts, you reach…

How to Help Kids Tackle Challenging Social Skills

It was a family wedding. Everyone was exclaiming over the kids, reluctantly decked out in their ring bearer getup—or happily in a flower girl dress. Though my kids do great…

A Bittersweet Christmas

Christmas is a funny thing, isn’t it? Take the other night at my house: Christmas decorating night! We hauled out the boxes of decorations from the attic while Pandora churned…

Ode to a Nap

Oh nap, you are a gift from God— I feel now I can make it! When just twenty little minutes ago I thought I couldn’t take it. “Nap when your…

Step Five out of Angry: Times of Unique Stress

I went in for my every-three-and-a-half-months, I’ve-put-this-off-too-long, please-cut-my-hair-so-it-doesn’t-look-like-I’m-wearing-a-lampshade appointment at the hairdresser. I have a headful of decidedly curly, i.e. forgiving but frizzy hair, quickly becoming more frizzy and less forgiving. I believe the dialogue went something like this.

Hairstylist: Are you under a lot of stress?

Me: Um, well, yeah. Some.

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