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Moments
Mine!

Mine!

My sweet, darling baby boy has recently learned the words "NO!" and "UUGH!" and "MINE!" To his credit, he applies them appropriately. Just at inappropriate times. So, after going through this phase multiple times, here's what I've discovered.
Picture Story:  Ideal vs. Real

Picture Story: Ideal vs. Real

Are we so focused on creating the perfect memory to share with our children that we miss the special daily moments? Author Bethany Struthers shares how our best mothering memories will be created from real life as we exercise some patience and shift our priorities.
These Glory Days

These Glory Days

My days were a blur of breastfeeding, dressing, bathing, feeding, dirty diapers, laundry, and little messes. I had never been busier in my entire life, and yet I had never felt more unproductive. Where were my glory days?
Learning to Love the Process, Not Just the Result

Learning to Love the Process, Not Just the Result

I love the feeling of checking things off my list and progressing towards goals. But I'm learning to cherish the "doing" just as much as the "getting it done." Motherhood is about processes, not just results.
Get Out of the Way and Let the Magic Happen

Get Out of the Way and Let the Magic Happen

You can’t force a moment. I know this but sometimes I still try. Yesterday there were lots of not-so-good moments. The kids were cranky and needy and I worked hard all day but didn’t feel like I got much done. We were late to everything because of domino effects of dumb little things that kept...
3 Steps to Starting a "Children for Children" Holiday Tradition

3 Steps to Starting a “Children for Children” Holiday Tradition

Saren shares simple, tried-and-true ideas for how your children can help children in need during the holidays.
Advent Transformed

Advent Transformed

I’d always believed that Advent was about preparing for what lies ahead, pausing in winter darkness to welcome the light. But when we started to journey through the dark years of infertility, waiting took on a weightier meaning...[and] when I discovered the surprise, the total shock of new life fluttering deep within me, I caught...
A Happy Mother is a Very Nice Gift

A Happy Mother is a Very Nice Gift

The other day we were going to the store to buy garland for our banister. I wanted to make our home look homey and festive…so my children would feel the “holiday spirit” in our home. However, the children had other ideas in mind.
A Christmas Problem Over 100 Years Old

A Christmas Problem Over 100 Years Old

Check out some great ideas and insights for protecting what matters most during the holidays -- and enjoy great sugestions for holiday read-aloud classics.
Small Tradition, Big Joy: Unique Story Ornaments

Small Tradition, Big Joy: Unique Story Ornaments

A Ryder moving van, a Wheel of Fortune, a torched Hot Wheels car: what decorates your Christmas tree? It’s the treasured little things that bring us together for the holidays, and author Kim Hall shares how they have made “Story Ornaments” a beloved family tradition.
Introduction to the Power of Moments

Introduction to the Power of Moments

Discovering the power of moments is about learning to "live in the moment" — to recognize and make meaningful those brief moments in time with our families, especially our young children who grow up so fast.
The Lost Toy

The Lost Toy

Sometimes in the daily routine of being moms, we forget to take a moment for ourselves. Here’s how one mom remembered that in order for her family to thrive, she needed to thrive as well.