What puts you in PONDER mode? www.powerofmoms.com

Running to Realize

Running can be so arduous and even embarrassing if you’re lugging extra pounds around with you. So why did I run during those difficult months? I needed to. I needed that time to think, to wonder why, to be in my own head and try to make sense of my world.

Circumstances sometimes just take you off guard and leave you wondering how to respond. www.powerofmoms.com

Picture Story: Nothing Left to Do but Love

Our bumpy morning was a simple reminder to me that when my kids are having a tough moment and I find myself guessing what I should do next, it never hurts to take a step back, regroup, reach into my heart, and dish out some extra unconditional love.

What is your mothering storyline? www.powerofmoms.com

Choose Your Own Adventure

Motherhood could be the greatest adventure of all! But who really decides what your adventure will be? How will your story end? What is your mothering storyline? Author Mary Jenkins shares how she discovered her story is different from every other mother’s.

Do we put too much emphasis on fun in our families? www.powerofmoms.com

Why We Are Taking the Fun Out of Life

This year, we are turning over a new leaf in our home. We will no longer ask our kids if they had fun, because, frankly, we don’t care. We want them to reap more than fun from life. We want them to be fulfilled. We want them to be excellent.

Janelle and kids getting ready for church (isn't Edision a great helper?)

3 Tools for Moms of Little Kids – Episode 99

In this episode, Saren (mother of five children ages 10-15) talks with Janelle (mother of 5 children ages 1-7) share three concrete (and totally do-able!) coping strategies for dealing with the hard stuff that comes with having small children who are close in age.

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Book Summary: The 2 Minute Marriage Project

Children are hugely impacted by their parents’ marriage, good or bad. With that in mind, each chapter of Poelman’s book focuses on a different principle of strong marriages and includes several two-minute challenges that aim to strengthen marriages by making them more meaningful, intimate, fulfilling, and fun.

In our busy schedules, sometimes car time is all the time we have to spend together. www.powerofmoms.com

My Minivan: A Sacred Place

In our busy schedules, sometimes car time is all the time we have to spend together. So, we’ve decided that for our family, car time is a time to unplug from electronics and plug into each other.