Thursday, June 22, 2017

Anchoring Kid's Chores Into Your Day

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Maybe this will sound familiar to you fellow mamas?

You want work to be a daily part of your young children's lives- to teach them a good work ethic, self-discipline, and to help contribute to the family.

So you find an adorable printable chore chart on Pinterest, or buy that sweet Melissa and Doug magnetic one on Amazon. You fill it out and hang it up on the wall. You explain it to the little people.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

24 Weeks, Baby #4

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Life, currently: Busy and exhausting, but good. Niall's days are super full with summer MBA classes and extra work hours. A workable routine has been keeping me on track {though blogging and housecleaning are the hardest things to do regularly right now, when school takes longer or I just need a nap}.

Monday, June 5, 2017

2 Powerful Tools for Changing Your Husband

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During our pre-marital counseling, at one point our pastor said, "You can't go into marriage hoping to change your spouse." 

Apparently I pulled a face, because everyone at the table burst out laughing. I solemnly swear to this day that any face I made was completely accidental! I know technically that it is not good to marry someone you are seriously hoping will make major changes.

But if we're honest, I think most married women would admit that in certain seasons, there have been areas of our husband's life that alternately make us concerned, upset, or anxious. Our husbands are sinners {we wives are too!}, and so none of them are perfectly sanctified.




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Starting Place for Scripture Memory

The spiritual disciplines are vitally important to our Christian lives. Reading and meditating on Scripture, praying, and regularly attending and participating in the worship services of a local church are essential components of a spiritually healthy believer. 

Sometimes as a mom of little people, time seems scarce and even showering is a luxury... so it's easy to let many of our spiritual disciplines fall away. 

Many years ago {ha! feels like it...} before I had children, I started a Scripture Memory program that was very effective for me. The verses I was memorizing just stuck, regular review of past memory verses was an integral part of the program, and I was able to memorize large passages of Scripture. 



Tuesday, May 9, 2017

What's Up with Car Seat Expiration Dates?

The idea that car seats "expire" has always confounded me. They aren't exactly cheap, so why do parents have to replace them once they hit that magical date somehow rendering them unusable?

Every time I talk with other parents about this, vague speculations are made. Maybe the technology becomes outdated, and newer seats tend to be safer? Does the plastic start to break down and become less sturdy in case of an accident? Is it just an evil money-making scheme from car seat companies? 


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