Some things happen to us because of our choices and some things just happen. When things have “just happened” to me, I have tried to have an attitude that I have the choice of how I am going to react in any given situation.
I just spent the last two weeks visiting my family in Iowa. Like every family, we have similarities in opinions as well as differences, things we get about each other and things we don’t, and specific ways we enjoy spending our time together, avoiding other activities entirely. And it’s always interesting to see how everyone […]
I am a group exercise instructor and see this in my clients all of the time. They have great and hefty 90-day transformation plans or a race training calendar in hand. Then, one busy day turns into another and the training stops. I tell them that the smallest deed is larger than the greatest intention. Then I realize, I am that client!
To be honest, mothering has been what I had hoped and expected it to be. What I didn’t realize is how easily I am affected by the negative patterns of parenting that I learned growing up.
Mine is one of the most common stories ever told: I was thrilled to have a baby–then surprised by how hard it was to be a mother.
I have been a wife for almost 13 years and a mother for almost 11, but I admit that I am “domestically disabled”.
How has this month’s value, Justice and Mercy, been going for you all? I started out this month completely overwhelmed and clueless as to how to teach this value. I also had a hard time believing that this was as necessary as “honesty” or “love”. I realized right away that I was wrong. Just in […]
It’s one of THOSE days. You know the kind–we’ve all had them. Rushed breakfasts. A child whose selective deafness results in everyone being late to school. New cavities at the dentist appointment. Three little boys running wildly away from you in Target while everyone stares at the crazy lady who can’t handle her kids. That’s the kind of day I had.
Editor’s Note: The Power of Moms is a website for mothers of all religions (and for mothers who are not necessarily religious). Each Sunday, we post a spiritual essay, and we would love to gather a wide variety of perspectives and ideas. Our goal is to be respectful of all beliefs while simultaneously offering opportunities […]
I have a house full of children who are all apparently in the “creative” phase of life. They love to generate stuff, and lots of it. If it involves markers, crayons, paintbrushes, beads, fabric or wood, my children (minus my way-too-busy-for-crafts three year old) are all over it.
You might be surprised to find out that the death of one of our daughters has not been the hardest part of motherhood for me. I don’t completely understand that myself, other than I was given a mercy that surpasses my ability to cope.
We’re going to be talking a lot over the next month about The Power of Progress, but before we get too carried away with lots of pie-in-the-sky plans and goals, I wanted to address a special group of mothers that often have a hard time feeling like they are making any progress: the mothers of infants. […]