Author Kristina Slaney

  • Kristina Slaney

    "All Mom Does" Blogger

    Kristina has two kids with her husband of nine years. She loves camping, canning, and cooking. She’s learning that the story God is writing for her is better than the one she could ever write for herself, which is a hard lesson to learn, because she also loves planning, security, and predictability. Kristina blogs about her family, work, and life at FamilyWorkLife.com.

 

The Still Small Voice

As much as I love solitude, I don’t love silence. Anything but silence. Please. It’s deafening. It’s unfamiliar. It’s uncomfortable. This week we’re doing the “Be Still” Challenge, and the timing was perfect. I went away for the night to rejuvenate my mama-soul. And because I was away from the fray of everyday life I was able to listen to the entire 49-minute talk about sacred downtime on my phone while I settled into my room. Read more...

Veterans Day Thanks

Today is Veterans Day. Regardless of political leanings or attitudes about hot-button issues, I think most of us are in agreement that our country is safe due in large part to the reputation, strength, and ingenuity of our military forces. It’s easy on days like these to hear a brief acknowledgement of “Thanks for your service and sacrifice” without understanding what that really means. Read more...

Are we desensitized to ministry?

You know how if you say a word over and over enough, it starts to sound strange?  Like the overuse of it makes it feel foreign on your tongue and unfamiliar to your ears? Read more...

You'll Never Understand...Until You're a Mom

I had to bite my tongue. The conversation was veering off into a place of divisiveness. And as the only parent in the discussion, I wanted to play my trump card. “You’ll never understand until you’re a mom.” But I took a deep breath, swallowed those words, and let the conversation continue. I wasn’t going to go there. Read more...

Great Expectations

At the beginning of the month, The Washington Post published the findings of a study concluding that the majority of new parents are unprepared for motherhood and have unrealistic expectations of what it will be like. And I think most of us who are in my position {that position being the one with enough years behind me that I have some confidence and perspective but not so far removed from the newborn stage that I’m all “ENJOY EVERY SINGLE MOMENT”} would agree that it’s true. Read more...

Game Day Guac

How ‘bout those Hawks? Friends, I know…humility and all that…but honestly, I make a mean guac. It’s my signature dish, and by “my” I mean “mostly ripped off from Ina Garten.” But seriously. If you want to make an impression at your next football-watching party, try this out. Read more...

Growth Rarely Comes Without Pain

Motherhood is hard, isn’t it? Not only do you expend every last ounce of energy trying to do this job to the very best of your ability, but you’re also trying to navigate the millions of messages flying around about motherhood. You hear motherhood is enough, and then you hear that you should be more than just a mom. You hear motherhood is a high and holy calling, but it’s not who you are. You teach your children that family is the most important thing, but then wonder if you’ve made it an idol. What is the truth? Read more...

Recipe Round-Up: Five Pumpkin Entrees

You guys. You know what tomorrow is, don’t you? October! And you know what that means. Harvest parties, Halloween, costumes, leaves, corn mazes, sweaters, scarves, boots, hay rides, hot drinks, chilly fingers, and pumpkins. ALL OF THE PUMPKINS. Read more...

Making Mom Friends is Like Dating

When I was younger, I wasn’t much for dating. And now, as a married adult and mother of two, I struggle with developing close, authentic, real friendships. As I reflect on these two things I’m starting to realize that they require similar skill-sets. So today, I give you - the top ten parallels between making mom-friends and dating. Read more...

When Did I Give Up?

It was late Saturday afternoon.  My son had been invited to a birthday party so I threw on a t-shirt, put my hair in a ponytail, and packed up the kids.  I don’t need to waste time getting ready, I told myself.  I’m fine just the way I am.  I attributed my ability to head out to a public social gathering completely unkempt to be a testimony of my confidence.  I didn’t need others’ approval.  I wasn’t that shallow. Read more...

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