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  • The Joy of Sharing Your Life

    I’ve always loved Paul’s words to the Thessalonians, “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the Gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.” (v. 2:8) Read More
  • Halloween Traditions In Our House

    When our kids were young, we struggled to figure out how to participate in Halloween. At the time, our kids went to public school during the week and Sunday school on Sunday. Depending on who you talked to, Halloween was either evil or a harmless excuse to dress up and ask the neighbors for candy. Do you have mixed feelings about celebrating Halloween? How have you managed to find a way to celebrate the harvest? And, what are your family traditions? We’d love to hear your ideas. You just may help another mom set up her own rules and traditions. Read More
  • Great Expectations

    Most Women Are Unprepared for the Realities of Motherhood

    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
  • How the Post Office Can Build Your Family’s Sticky Faith

    The two credit card applications I expected. The handwritten letter was a surprise. It was my first day on campus as a college freshman. With the help of my parents and two RAs, all of my belongings had been carried from my Toyota to my dorm room that morning. I had unpacked my clothes, plugged in my Macintosh computer (a light-grey tower about the size of three cereal boxes), spread out my new blue and white bedspread, and strategically placed my Bible on a visible but not too obvious shelf above my desk. Read More
  • What Did You Buy at the Just Between Friends Sale?

    Well, I had the privilege of going to the BIG Just Between Friends Consignment sale in Puyallup to represent allmomdoes.com along with SPIRIT 105.3!  It was a blast! It was so fun meeting you! Read More
  • Watch This!

    Today I’m sharing a little video with you that I just can’t keep to myself. When I hit the triangle “play” button on this video, I was folding laundry at our dining room table. I wasn’t expecting that moments later, I’d have full body goosebumps and that I’d feel like I had to share it with you all. Read More
  • Fill Up

    In Dana Adam Shapiro’s interviews of divorced couples, it is clear that selfishness led to marital disintegration. Each spouse’s self-centeredness asserted itself, and in response, the other spouse got more impatient, resentful, harsh, and cold. Read More
  • Fun Fall Décor You can Make at Home

    I have to confess, I’m not an extreme decorator. I love the seasons, the special holidays…I even love crafts! My problem? I rarely have time or I lack the energy for anything too terribly elaborate, especially during any kind of holiday season.  Read More
  • Holding Each Others Stories With Careful Hands

    Everyone involved in the adopted kids/teacher conversation, listen: Just because we are sensitive to our kids' trauma (and we adopted ours when they were older with their memories and grief very intact), this does not mean that we are not also writing a narrative that "you are ours - entirely, gratefully, forever." Read More
  • Mommy, Can You Hold My Booger?

    And Other Glamorous Mom Moments

    Stay at home mom, working mom, or somewhere in between, we can all agree that motherhood is full of challenge, patience, frustration, love…and a whole lot of humor. If we don’t laugh then we could very well go crazy from the things our children do and say. Here are some of my “favorite” glamorous mom moments. Read More

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