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Let’s Do It Together

“I get to see a real person?” I’d just gotten off the phone with my friend and the kids’ beloved babysitter. She’d called to say she was on her way over to pick something up. Our seven-year-old daughter heard my side of the conversation and couldn’t contain her excitement over seeing an actual person somewhere other… Continue reading Let’s Do It Together

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Camouflaged Blessings

For us, this is a time of weakness. Yet over and over again, God reminds me that it's good to be in need.

Family, ministry, parenting, serving, Walking by Faith

Mary Moments

We're serving Jesus as we cultivate the hearts in our homes.

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What’s the Purpose of Your Face?

By Meredith Mills Friday nights are a favorite around our house. After running full speed all week, each family member looks forward to an evening of doing nothing. Well, not really nothing. We do have plans, but they’re fun plans, plans to stop everything and enjoy just being together. Most of the time, this means… Continue reading What’s the Purpose of Your Face?

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Building Our Homes Like a Lego Master

My son loves building with Legos. His room looks like a Lego museum – and often like a construction zone, with tiny bricks strewn all over the floor, just waiting for an unsuspecting parent to walk in and step on them. At the end of this school year, he completed a report on our home… Continue reading Building Our Homes Like a Lego Master

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Lessons from a People Mover

It's funny what kids remember. "Mama, remember the time when we sat next to the elevator and ate a cookie?" My son smiled as he repeated the story. He must have been four or five when we took that afternoon outing to the mall. We started out at the play place, then headed to the… Continue reading Lessons from a People Mover

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Taming the Tongue

Sometimes I just can’t control my tongue. It was not a good day. For whatever reason, we were just off. I was irritable and impatient. I found myself correcting every little infraction, every childish noise. The more I corrected, the more frustrated I became. And the more my kids acted up. After snapping at one of my children, I… Continue reading Taming the Tongue

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Let’s Go Back: Returning to Rest when Life Won’t Slow Down

And just like that, summer is over. Summer vacation, that is. The heat is forecasted to stick with us for a while yet. The kids are back to their studies and our weekly routine is becoming more…routine. I’m not sure what happened to the lazy days of summer, but we didn’t see many of them… Continue reading Let’s Go Back: Returning to Rest when Life Won’t Slow Down

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One-on-One Time

We call it “One-Oh Time” in our house. My littlest coined the phrase a while back. In was her baby-talk way of asking me to spend “one-on-one time” with her. We laughed at the cute expression, but it stuck. Now we all use the term for our special mommy-and-me times. We started this practice of… Continue reading One-on-One Time

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When Depression Moves In

What happened to my joy? The question tugged at the corners of my soul as I trudged through each day. A dark cloud hovered over every waking moment. And sleep? That was a struggle, too. I had one bed-wetter and another child with night-terrors, so the sleep I did get was often fragmented and restless. How I… Continue reading When Depression Moves In