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Hairdryer Happiness

We have lived in the same house for just over 25 years. We moved in when our fifth child was an infant and then added our last 18 months later….

Grace Versus Consequences

A few months ago my six-year-old went outside with some neighborhood friends. “You may sit with them in the yard across the street, but stay nearby,” I said. A few…

Boiling it Down

Sometimes it’s easy to minimize that motherhood isn’t just about the destination (God-glorifying kids) but also the journey. Every day that I spend with my kids—every moment, every thought, every…

What to Do?

Today has been strange. I think it’s the lack of noise—school just started. I’d planned a coffee meeting with some other moms yesterday for first-day-of-school-support, so that helped. I only…

Pre-Empty Nest Thoughts

Summer is over. Boo. The house is WAY too quiet. Boohoo. I just cannot believe how melancholy I feel yet again. It happens every year when my children head back…

Anyone Have a Rooster I can Borrow?

by Ginger Plowman Editor’s note:  This week Ginger Plowman has been a guest on our daily radio program, FamilyLife Today, and has been speaking about “Disciplining With Love.”  We asked…

The Importance of Beginning Well

I love newborns: their sweet smell, their soft skin, their bright eyes trying to take in the wonder of the new world.  It’s delightful and delicious and is touched by…

Tween Beast Revealed

Whine, whine, whine—like fingernails down a chalk board to a mom! Just realize, ladies, once you get that one figured out, there’s more fun on the mothering horizon. When my…

What They Need

“Do you want a sippy cup?” “Do you need a ride?” “Do you need money?” “Need a hug?” “Want a cookie?” “Did you pack underwear?” “Did you brush?” “Did you…

R-E-S-P-E-C-T !

Respect has become something of an issue between my seven-year-old son and myself as of late. It seems from the time I drop him off at school to the time…

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