Courage to Let Them Be Different

Rushing them to the van, I explained that this time Mommy really needed to be on time. They walked slowly, grabbing their old shoes along the way. You know the shoes with the worn toes, the ones that have been ran around in all summer and from our house, the ones with maybe just a little chicken poop. You know, the shoes that belong in the backyard. Read more...

The Bigger Picture of Motherhood

As Mothers, our best efforts in life are spent on those we love - leaving us satisfied, worn out and smiling! I have felt this way many times over the years. However, if Mom isn’t refreshed then things don’t run as smoothly and our satisfied, worn out smile becomes well, you know, not pretty! There is a saying, “If mama isn’t happy then nobody’s happy!” There may be some truth to this. Read more...

From Down and Dirty to Delirious and Dancing

On this week of “Refreshing” I’ve been praying a lot about what it means to me to be refreshed. Truly refreshed! So I thought of how I love to take loooong hot baths, or go for looong walks. I love to go on Women’s Retreats and I love to go out to dinner with my husband….when we can afford it. I also LOVE to cook and garden, so you can see I have lots of “things” I do to be refreshed in my day to day life. Read more...

Grocery Shopping ALONE = Refreshment

Remember the days where you would get off work and the world was your oyster? Happy hours, workouts, perhaps some couch time? Now it’s daycare/school pick up, picking up or cooking dinner, baths, bed…repeat. By the time you sit down at 9pm, your body is done. Even if you have a desk job, you still feel like it’s been all day since you have sat down. Sitting at a desk (or a car transporting kids or in a classroom as a parent volunteer) is not exactly relaxing. An easy solution? Hit the spa every weekend for some much needed down time. Oh wait, we don’t have an endless income AND we have to parent on the weekends too. Read more...

Helping Your Children Live Their Story Well

Each of us is given a unique story to live. We don't get to choose it. But we do get to choose how we will live it. The same is true for your kids. Is it hard to embrace your story right now? How about your child’s story? Do you struggle with the social media comparison game? Do you worry about that with your kids? What (if anything) have you done to combat it? Read more...

The Fine Art of Blame Shifting

One of the perennial problems in marriage is the fine art of blame-shifting. And the reason we are so good at it is because our first parents were so good at it. God asks Adam what happened after he sinned, and Adam replies, it was the woman you gave me. Then God asks the woman what happened and she said it was that serpent that tempted me. And ever since then we have mastered the art of blaming others. Read more...

Being A Mom Is Exhausting

Let’s face it, being a mom is exhausting. Moms (and women in general) wear so many different hats, and to make matters worse, we seem to be wired to try to be perfect in each of the roles we perform. No wonder we’re worn out! allmomdoes is focusing on refreshment this week. Doesn’t that sound peaceful and wonderful? I thought so too. 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...

Conquering Our Fear of Social Media

Up until a little over 3 years ago, I had a huge fear of Social Media. I guess you could say that I was a little old fashioned. Now old fashioned isn’t bad, but I guess it depends on just how far back in time you want to go. At some point we are put into a position to choose whether we want to launch into the future with the rest of the world or stay stuck in a wonderful memory of things gone by. I didn’t understand this silly need to post every little thing one was doing at home, on the road..in the bathroom…well you get the picture! Read more...

A Working Mom Dilemma

I walked through the door on Monday feeling good about getting a workout in after work. “How are the kids?” I asked my husband. He responded, “Well, Mason threw up four times.” Here are the thoughts that ran through my head... 1) I am glad he wasn’t in the gym childcare! 2) Great, selfish me decided to workout and clearly my little boy needed me. 3) I have an important meeting in the morning. Who is going to stay home with him? And so it begins…a working mom dilemma. Read more...
  • Verse of the Day - 09-23-2014

    1 Peter 1:13 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” Read More

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