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How I Finally Became the Mom I Wanted to Be

    Recently it occurred to me that finally in my 27th year of being a mom, that I have grown to be more of the mom I wanted to be. Before you click to a more “real” blog, stop. I’m not saying I have arrived in any fashion. But […]

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Five Secular Books that Profoundly Influenced My Life

    A few days ago I wrote about seven Christian books that have helped to make me me. Today I will share with you five secular books that have profoundly influenced me as well. As with the previous seven authors, in the pages of these books I have also […]

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Seven Books that Have Helped to Make Me Me

Recently I was asked what books I’ve used in my time with God to teach me and grow me—other than the Bible, of course. What a great question! Why haven’t I shared these titles with you before?! As I read each of the seven books I have felt as if […]

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Are Your Sure You’re Not Teaching Your Kids They Are Entitled?

Recently I posted a question on Facebook asking everyone what they were doing on that beautiful summer day. I was spending my day studying for an earth science test the next day. Surely everyone else was having more fun than me and I wanted to hear about it. One mom […]

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Permission to Live the Summer You Desire

I talk a lot about priorities—prayerfully deciding them and then faithfully living them. I truly believe that is the way Jesus lived. He knew what was His from His Father and what was not. Sometimes it’s hard to figure that out. This summer God has loaded up my life. His […]

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Permission to Be You

“Thank you for being so real.” Women make this comment to me many times after I speak. I love it. It means they heard my heart and we made a connection. But more than that I trust it means that they joined in my journey with God and that experience […]

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Are You a Backstage Parent?

“The parent who plays the part of the backstage director, coordinating every little thing in the production of their child’s journey, will remain in a state of disappointment and worry. His child will not grow into a confident, wise adult. Since he has not had the opportunity to learn from […]

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Was Your Mother’s Day like a Hallmark Card or a Guilt Trip?

This sad, guilty face belongs on a dog, not a mom! Recently while cleaning out one of my dresser drawers, I found one of the many “contracts” my husband, Gene, and I made with our daughter Katie to encourage better behavior and family relationships. Katie’s high school years were turbulent. […]

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Up Your Cool Factor with Your Kids Today

Cool is not a word that accurately describes me, especially as a parent. I’m not into pop culture or the last lingo. The kids help me manage my technology. I’m still pretty sure cookies are a sweet treat, but apparently they’re part of my computer as well. The thing is—I […]

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