When “Natural” Isn’t Working: Hope For the Discouraged Crunchy Mother

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By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer When my son was 18 months old, I put him down for his afternoon nap. Nothing unusual, except he had a bad cold, and was feeling yucky. Thirty minutes later, I heard him wake up, uncomfortable. When I walked into the room, I was shocked at what I saw. He was coughing – not just coughing – gasping through every breath. His ribs and neck muscles were retracting. He was trying to talk, but had to gasp before every couple […]

What Came in the Mail and Inspired Me

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As we began settling back into our home area last month, we found all sorts of mail and packages that had arrived for us while we were gone. Coming home from being gone a year is fun that way. Like Christmas in February. The contents of four of those packages wound their way into my heart, and onto my bookshelf. They came from sweet, real-life blogging friends. They were their very own books, finally published, there in living color. I held them in my hands […]

A Day in The Life of A Brand New Stay At Home Mama

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By Diana, Contributing Writer Hi! I’m Diana from My Humble Kitchen. I’m a brand new, full-time, stay-at-home mama. I’m just smitten to be able to write that, and I am looking forward to the day when I am able to shake someone’s hand and confidently tell them that my full-time career is home educating my children and serving my family. It was a long road traveled to get here. My husband and I worked on smashing our debt, living simply and, through it all, finding joy […]

Tools for Peaceful Parenting Without Fear

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By Michele, Contributing Writer From Day 1, fear can be a huge temptation in parenting, although the specific fears may change from season to season. I continually try to remind myself that my children belong to God, and they are in His hands. He created them and placed them into our family for a reason. Meanwhile, God continues to mold me, instill a greater foundation of faith, and refine my own character, too, through this journey of parenting. As I seek to train up my […]

The Most Important Thing You Need to Know About Yourself—and Why

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I’d Like to Introduce You to—Yourself YOU are a WEMMICK. Now before you click away thinking I’m off my rocker, let me just say that what I’m about to tell you could change the color of your world, and doesn’t that sound interesting? So let’s get to know yourself, but before we do, let’s talk about where I get this Wemmick thing from. Max Lucado has written a series of books for children that all revolve around these adorable little wooden creatures called Wemmicks. They […]

Dealing with Daily Frustrations

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Don’t you love it when a post comes and smacks you right in the face? I read this post last week when Lysa first sent it to me, and then again yesterday as I set it up to post. Wouldn’t you know that just yesterday I was struggling with unglued emotions and my own raw reactions to someone who frustrated me? This post has humbled and convicted me, as has Lysa’s new book, Unglued, which I am currently reading (and loving, because it’s just the […]

Waiting on God

For months I’ve had just the title of this post in my drafts but a blank canvas so to speak. I wanted what I write to be God breathed because in fact we have been waiting on God. We are all waiting on God at different times in our lives. For you, it could be that baby you have been longing to hold in your arms, an illness to be healed, a family member or friend to come to the Lord, a break-through in your marriage or finances, to […]

My 2012 Reading List

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In our recent decluttering and purging, I realized that I have a huge stack of books that I already own, but haven’t yet read. Being a book lover, it’s easy for me to be constantly buying new books or adding to my wish list, but with so many interesting choices already on my shelves, I chose instead to make a list of books I already have to read in the New Year. I also find that I can consume books, but not really put into practice what […]