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Our Kids Bedtime Routine & Prayer

Kids Bedtime Routine

Motherhood crept up on me. I know I know, I had nine months to prepare for my first child. But as an only child myself, I was not exposed to a lot of babies, much less taught how to care for little ones. I followed my doctors advice and actually didn’t read any parenting books while I was pregnant. However, ... Read More »

Starting Your School Day Off Right: 4 Quick Tips

starting your school day off right: 4 quick tips

Since I promised 4 Quick Tips to starting your school day off right, let me just quench the suspense and give those to you right away: 1. Lay out your priorities 2. Develop a schedule 3. Set their minds 4. Communicate your expectations Now if you want to learn the detailed how and why behind making each of these tips ... Read More »

Tommy Nelson May Blog Post: Being a Mom

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Being is mom is exhilarating, fulfilling and comforting… but at the same time it can be nerve-wracking, frustrating and downright scary! Never has that been more true than in our world today. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. ~ Proverbs 16:3 Being a mom doesn’t mean having all the answers, but it does ... Read More »

The nation’s thrill; a mother’s terror #PrayforBoston

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When news came of the Boston Marathon bomber suspect finally being apprehended last night, there was a thrill that came over the nation. I can only imagine that Bostonians in particular experienced a sense of relief that this terrorist had been caught and a sense of peace in knowing the lockdown has finally ended. But for one mother, her terror ... Read More »

Colored vs. White Lights: My Tommy Nelson December Blog Post

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My blog post over at Tommy Nelson this month tackles one of the most deeply debated Christmas dilemmas of all time: Colored or White lights? Go ahead, laugh if you want, but colored Christmas lights almost ended our marriage after 5 months. Well maybe that’s over-dramatizing it a bit, but they certainly caused an immense amount of strife during what ... Read More »

Thanksgiving: A Time for Thanks and Giving with your family

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Thanksgiving represents so many things we love about this time of year, but sometimes we forget what is at its core: Thanks and Giving. This month, I’m back on the Tommy Nelson blog talking about exactly that…thanks and giving: We love to watch the leaves as the seasons change and more importantly, we love that family and friends tend to ... Read More »

The Activity Dilemma: Tommy Nelson September Blog

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Only a few short months ago I was struggling to come up with a summer schedule that would optimize fun while still continue the learning process for my kids. Now we’re already back in school and instead of worrying about how to keep them occupied at home, I’m wondering how to keep them at home! It’s true, not only do ... Read More »

Tommy Nelson August Blog: School, The Yearly Dilemma

School is back in FULL swing! For me, being raised in the Chicago public school system and being proud to have graduated with over 400 students, it was mentally difficult to wrap my head around sending my daughter into a class of less than 20, much less at a private school. But years ago, before my kids were even school ... Read More »