Meet the Moms: Angela Strand

One of my all-time favorite quotes is something that Anais Nin said, “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” I’ve found that even on the hardest of days, when I sit down and look through photos from the day, I can see how incredibly good life is, even when it sometimes feels hard. I’m a big believer in living in a way that allows God work through our stories. I want to encourage other women to be bold and share their lives, too. None of us are perfect. Read more...

Sunday Night Blues

This scenario may sound familiar- It’s Sunday evening at 8pm. After a busy weekend, you finally get your kid(s) down to bed and you make your way downstairs for some much needed relaxation. Once your feet hit the family room, you realize- the weekend is over and there is work to be done. Loads of laundry, toys to be picked up, a kitchen to clean, a car to vacuum so your carpooler doesn’t sit on dirt and other remnants from the weekend, the list is long. Each Sunday I think, why aren’t I more productive on the weekends? But I know the reason. Weekends are for family time, play-dates, perhaps a much needed trip to the gym, for fun! But, how can I balance both? This past weekend, I tried something different. And it worked. Read more...

Laughing Through the Teen Years

Last week’s blog laid the vital foundation for raising teenagers. Now, the fun can begin! Teens can be challenging and emotionally draining. So, how do you survive the constant battles and hormonal outbursts? Humor! (Is anyone surprised that I would say that?). Read more...

Grandparents = Free Childcare?

Does anyone else struggle with this? How do you balance fostering a close relationship between your kids and their grandparents without crossing the line and taking advantage? How do you keep the relationship mutually beneficial? And I’d love some insight from the seasoned grandmothers out there! Read more...

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

So in this season of life, when I was given the chance to take a new part time job in a field that I believe I was made for... I had to force myself to evaluate all of my commitments and listen to my family when they asked, "Mom, why are you so cranky? It's Saturday!" Um... nope, that couldn't be because I had all of these obligations, could it? I mean, they were all things that made our life hum with blessing and joy and fulfillment- especially mine! Read more...

What Labels Are You Wearing?

Here's to being you. Here's to the freedom to grieve. To cry. Here's to your future "hoorays! " Here's to being who God made you to be. Here's to removing labels. Read more...

Is it My Way or the Highway?

Babies R Us had a sale on Pampers. I love pampers. I do not like the Baby Dry kind because it tends to dry out my daughters skin. My husband works across from a Babies R Us so he volunteered to make the purchase.  I verbally told him I would email him a reminder. Which I did. Read more...

National S'mores Day

A few years back, I discovered a fun little fact that rocked my world. National S’mores Day. It exists, you guys and rightly so, don’t you think? S’mores are awesome and whenever August 10th approaches, I just feel the need to celebrate. There are so many fun ways that National S’mores Day could be celebrated. You could host a simple BBQ and when the evening cools down, everyone could grab sweatshirts and gather around the campfire. Or, you could host an elaborate S’mores party with all the fixings that a creative S’mores lover could ever dream up. Read more...

Congratulations! You Made it to the Teen Years

Congratulations, you’ve made it through the sleepless nights of raising babies.  You survived the toddler years and you have successfully navigated your children through grade school.  Now what?  Do you get a reward for all that hard work?  Yes, you get TEENAGERS!  Read more...

Has Family Become My Idol?

I’m going through a bit of an emotional crisis so I’m hoping to pour a few things out to you.  It’s okay to do that now, isn’t it?  We’ve known each other awhile, haven’t we?  Read more...

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    Kristina Slaney said "Alice, that sounds heartbreaking. I can feel your longing to know and play with and love on your sweet grandbaby just i..." More
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    Alice said "I have been a grandma now over a year and my grandbaby lives less than 10 min away yet I have not been alone in the same..." More
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    shari lynne said "Aww that is SO cute! What a super fun idea Rebecca. It is definitely challenging keeping a 3 year old entertained for ..." More