The Beans of Our Lives

Choosing to be Intentional with the Time We have with our Kids Last year my husband and I decided to make bean jars for our three boys after talking about doing it for a few months. Our goal is to be aware of the time we have with our kids. This will help us be intentional with the choices we make. A bean jar for each child represents the amount of weeks they have left until they graduate high school— each bean equals one week of their life. I found some mason jars from a thrift store or garage sale, and we counted out the beans for each of our …

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Dear Mama, the Pressure is Off

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Sometimes people say things to me like, “You must be so patient to have six kids.” My answer to that is usually a laugh and, “Not really, God just had a lot more refining work to do on me.” My friends, I am sharing this story because maybe it’ll help you take the pressure off. I’m hoping you don’t have to get to Number Six before you learn to lean into Jesus. I’m praying that you don’t allow other people to be the judge of you and your mamahood. First, let me stress to you that you are not God. You are not messing up your kiddo when you aren’t …

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Trusting God’s Plan in your Parenting

I can’t tell you how many times I have seen images portraying what people imagine motherhood to be like, including a mom and young children dressed very “proper” and laughing at what clearly must have been the best joke since the original “Knock knock.” They are just loving life. All is well. There is always a second picture below it with the caption “what parenting really looks like.” It usually includes a battle between a T-rex, an exhausted mother who can barely keep her eyes open, sitting between mounds of laundry, and a child or three sitting on her lap crying at the top of his lungs. We have three kids …

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Out of Memory

My kids laugh at me every single day as I try to use my phone to do something simple, such as take a picture, look up a recipe, or even check to see if I have an email sitting in my inbox explaining how school went for our youngest son.  When I see those three words “Not Enough Storage” I usually roll my eyes a little and say “Here I go again.” It’s not like I have a million things sitting on my phone. I have maybe eight emails in my inbox, I delete my Junk, my Sent, my Trash.  I have no game apps, only the apps required by …

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