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  • Never disagree about your parenting decisions in front of your kids.

Dating is a waste of time. Common Core is stupid. Sometimes you need to take your teenager’s phone.

Here is Episode Four of our Family Youtube Vlog! In this episode, my husband Isaac is driving our oldest daughter to Teen Pact leadership camp. As parents, we always look forward to one on one time with our children. That is when some of the most meaningful conversations happen. They shared part of their car ride conversation which covers topics like perspectives on dating, what she thinks about the common core being incorporated in this year's [...]

By |May 16th, 2016|Blog, Marriage, Parenting, vlog'|2 Comments
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Family of 9 Starts a Vlog

That's right, we have started a family VLOG! I am very excited to share with you about WHY we have started this family project. 1. It's our new family project (producers vs. consumers) Remember when my visionary husband, Isaac, had a BIG idea to plant a vineyard with our kids? Our oldest child was only a smidgen over seven years old, but he was determined to begin an adventure with the kids that would teach work ethic. [...]

By |April 5th, 2016|Blog, Business, Home School, Leaving A Legacy, Parenting|0 Comments
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Warning: Are Your Children More Important than Technology?

Laptops, cell phones, tablets, and computer screens have all improved our lives, right? Or maybe not. As a mom of seven, who has teenagers, as well as a baby, I've experienced what parenthood is like with and without technology. When I compare my mothering experience back then to how it is today, I see and experience a challenge today that was never an issue before. If you have teens now think back. Not everyone had a [...]

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An Uncommon Way to Encourage a Friend Walking Through Crisis

I got a text message from a friend the other night. “Pray for my daughter. We are headed to the ER.” What does one say? The obvious answer would be to pray. Immediately. Stop and pray! But what do you say, what do you do next? Sometimes, praying IS WHAT you do. Often times we downplay the power of prayer. Most Christ followers would say there is power in praying, that there is a purpose [...]

By |February 26th, 2016|Blog, Faith, Friendship, Motherhood, Parenting, Prayer|0 Comments
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Learning to Delight in the Moment & Let Go of Mommy Guilt

I struggle with feeling guilty sometimes. Do you? Guilt for being out running errands and leaving my teenager to make lunch. Guilt for not seeing so-n-so's text message and failing to get back to them right away. Guilt for missing that call from Dad (or whomever). Guilt for having to say no to a season of sports or that other activity. Guilt for not volunteering at the church  ________ (name your ministry). Or guilt for [...]

By |January 24th, 2016|Blog, Motherhood, Nursing, Parenting|2 Comments
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The Postpartum FOG: The Week After Birth

So your expecting a baby moon? You've been carrying your sweet babe in your womb for -40+ weeks and your anxiously awaiting the moment you get to hold your baby in your arms. Then the big D-Day  arrives! You give birth, and like most, you experience one of the most exhilarating few hours post birth. You are hungry, eating like you never have before, and snuggling your sweet bundle of joy. If you are like me, you [...]

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Redeeming Halloween | The Pumpkin Gospel

What does Redeeming Halloween look like?  If you are reading this post, most likely you or someone you know has struggled with "celebrating halloween" like most of our American or World culture does... and you are looking for an alternative. If you are like me, you didn't want to be the grinch or viewed as some judgmental Christian. And let's face it, even in the church, when you rebel against the norm of what most do, people judge [...]

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Why We Do Not Recommend the Minions Movie

Disclaimer: Movies land in one of those "disputable issues" categories. My intention in writing this post is not to create controversy, nor is it to condemn anyone for taking their children to this movie. Simply put, I have felt a burden on my heart to write this post since we took our son to watch it. I posted a few pictures of us going to see the movie on social media in celebration of his birthday [...]

By |July 20th, 2015|Blog, Book Review, Motherhood, Parenting|115 Comments
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That Moment in Motherhood When You Realize Your Sin

Sometimes being a mom is just hard. Sunday afternoon was one of those times. Our family was planning on going to the movie theater to see a cool new family flick in celebration of Father's Day. And one of my precious children was caught in the action of losing self-control of one of his appendages, actually punching a sibling in the head. Now before I continue to tell you my story from Sunday, I have [...]

By |June 25th, 2015|Blog, Family Discipleship, Motherhood, Parenting|5 Comments
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How to Equip Your Children for Social Media Biblically

Within the last decade, as online social networks began emerging, many mainstream folks wondered if these alternative communities were really here to stay, or if they were simply a trend. Advances in technology, such as cell phones, the personal computer made mobile, have further enhanced what these social networks were originally intending. The future seems clear, that these social communities are here to stay. Upon joining some of these social networks, I quickly realized some [...]

By |February 12th, 2015|Blog, Book Review, Parenting|1 Comment