No More Littles

It hit me the other day that I am no longer the mom of littles. I guess the fact that 2/3 of my children are taller than me, my oldest is driving and preparing for college, my middle child will be in high school next year, my youngest spends time with friends on her own … Read more…

Reading is Fun! How to Make Summer Reading Fun for Your Kids

Now that summer is here, there is nothing my kids look forward to more than the educational opportunities that I plan for them. If only that were true. They want nothing to do with anything remotely resembling school work during the summer. I can completely understand this sentiment; I am a teacher and I want … Read more…

How To Make Summer Perfect for Your Kids

Step 1: Relax and don’t worry about making summer perfect for your kids. That’s it. The End. We need to remember kids are kids. They, of all people, know how to have fun. These are the people that play with paper and boxes and have a thrilling time. On the flip side sometimes they don’t … Read more…

Finding the Beauty in the Ordinary This Summer

By LeAnne Martin Squirming, talking, laughing, looking out the window at the sunshine. We were sitting in our desks but could not keep still or quiet. Finally, when the clock above the chalkboard said 3:00, the last bell of the year would ring, and out of the building we would fly. Summer stretched before us, … Read more…

Faith, Parenting, and Faithful Parenting

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV) This is one of my favorite verses. A simple, yet complex explanation of faith. Because that is how faith is. So simple, yet so complex. Just look at the second part of the verse, “the evidence of … Read more…

Love is Not Self-Seeking

31 Days of Marriage Guest Series: Love is Not Self-Seeking I am so excited to be participating in the 31 Days of Marriage Guest Series with Jordan Harrell. Read this thoughtful and helpful series and sign up for the 31 Days of Prayer for Your Marriage.   I roll over with a groan and silence … Read more…

Summer Saturday #2 – A Link Up

It was a true test of strength and endurance. It was one of those experiences where boys become men, if you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen, no pain no gain . . . it was the first full week at home with the kids for summer vacation. Being at home all … Read more…

Summer Saturday #1 – A Link Up

It’s summer! (I keep singing that – in my head and out loud – like Olaf in Frozen.) As a teacher, I am very grateful to have the summers off. I dream of the long, leisurely days of summer with no schedules, reading by the water, cooking out, and having fun.  However, reality has a … Read more…

Don’t Run on Empty, Fill Up!

I haven’t been writing lately because it became a source of frustration and stress for me. Then I realized that was because I hadn’t put anything in. I had been trying to craft wonderful words about life without living it. My “word” for the year was supposed to be presence, and, frankly, I have not … Read more…

For All Moms

I originally posted this May 1, 2015. I am linking up today with Mrs. Disciple in honor of Mother’s Day. One year later and this truth is the same, moms–we should cut ourselves some slack; we are doing a good job. Happy Mother’s Day! Why Mom Needs to Chill A recent TodayMoms.com survey said moms of … Read more…

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