Growing Pains of Relationships

When we make a commitment to healthy relationships, we’re not only causing change within ourselves, we’re turning over control to others. To some, commitment feels like the opposite of surrender. Commitment means you are making a choice, therefore keeping some kind of control. Read more...

Christmas Is For Moms Too

It was supposed to be one of those perfect kinds of Saturdays. We’d tromp through the snow, get our tree, decorate it as a family and start getting the house ready for Christmas. As the day went on, I heard the annoyance in my voice. Decorating with the kids wasn’t what I expected it to be. To be honest, I found it stressful. By the time we had them in bed that night, I was weighed down with guilt from being impatient and annoyed throughout the day. Read more...

Have A Perfect Christmas When Life Isn't Perfect

We all do it, we dream of the perfect Christmas. We dream of families gathering around the table for a delicious meal with smiles on their faces and love in their hearts. We dream of loads of gifts under the tree and having each member of the family present to open their ideal gift. We think about how grateful all of our children everyone will be and how filled with joy. Read more...

Christmas Party Ideas

We are officially well into the holiday season! I know, I cannot believe it either! If you are hosting or attending a party in the next couple of weeks, I have some fun ideas to share! Mix it up with some new ideas this year! Read more...

Improve Confidence & Personal Value In Your Family

A parent’s number one fear is making mistakes while raising their children. “What if I’m doing it wrong?” is often a question I get. “How do I improve confidence so they are happier? I’m tired of the long faces and grumpy attitudes.” “I need help. Please help me.” Read more...

ANN’S “BUSY MOM” SUGAR COOKIES

Recently, our family was going through a hard time. One day, out of the blue, I received a mysterious manila envelope addressed to “Queen Blogger Ann”. I opened it to find a mesh bag of cookie cutters, a snowflake container of hand sanitizer, and a card from my fellow blogger, Stephanie. I can’t begin to tell you how much that sweet gesture meant to me. A simple thing in a difficult season. So, today I am sharing my recipe for sugar cookies that I made with those cookie cutters. Read more...

allmomdoes Advent Season Devotional

We are so excited to be able to bring you this advent season devotional. We pray that it will be a way for your family to draw closer together. We hope you truly experience the joy and love of Christ this advent season. Read more...

Surrender

I wish there was an easy answer to the question, “How can I form community?” There isn’t. But I’d like to give you one key word I found was vital to my own understanding of community: surrender. Surrender doesn’t come easily, especially when we’ve been hurt in the past. When we think about giving into something we used to push away from us, we’re met with an internal resistance. It’s easy to justify our actions that keep us walking the line between self-sufficiency and surrender. Read more...

Tips for Making Your Own Gingerbread House Without Losing Your Mind

It was three Christmases ago, and for the first time ever, I had the whole week of Christmas off work.  I decided I was going to make the most of this gift and go all out for Christmas – baking cookies for the whole neighborhood, visiting all the popular light displays, and – the challenge to top them all – making a gingerbread house.  From scratch. Read more...

The Unraveling of a Marriage

Recently, my husband and I got into an argument. Right before we were about to head out the door to go on a date. In the heat of the argument, he announced the date was off. He no longer wanted to go. And honestly, I no longer wanted to go either. I wanted to go sit in a coffee shop by myself and make a mental list of all the reasons I was right. All the reasons he was wrong. And justify my perspective. But it’s at this exact moment of resistance that an unraveling can begin. Read more...
  • Verse of the Day - 12-20-2014

    Isaiah 41:10 "Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." Read More

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