The Surprising Power of A Love Language

Love Love. The simple word can mean so much. It may refer to positive and strong emotional or mental states that can range from the most simple (loving a favorite food, such as Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs) to a deep personal affection that results in a true bond (such as motherly love…like the first moment you lay eyes …

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secrets to laughing your way to a better marriage

Secrets to Laughing Your Way to A Better Marriage

  Marriage is hard. It just is. Two separate individuals joining forces to think together, present in unity, and carry out a life in some sense of solidarity despite the challenges of life, parenting, finances and more. And not only are there two individuals, but two separate personalities, value systems, experiences, knowledge, and so much more. So with all these …

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Benefits of Mentoring

Discover the Hidden Benefits of A Mentoring Relationship Now

More than Advice Have you ever felt like you needed to hear the words, “You can do it.” Or perhaps you longed to hear just a bit of assurance that, “I have experienced something similar, and it will be ok.” Perhaps you’ve looked around and seen others where you once were and longed to tell them, “It will get better.” …

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5 Ways to Encourage Your Child's Spiritual Growth

5 Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Spiritual Development

“Raising children should mean helping them to become what they already are in God’s eyes.”—Eberhard Arnold The most important job as a parent is helping direct our child’s heart toward God and the awareness of His love for them. From the very beginning, even in the infant and toddler ages, we are helping establish a foundation for their spiritual development. …

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5 Ways To Make Valentines A Family Affair

Five Fun Ideas to Make Valentine’s Day a Family Affair

Valentine’s Day is Almost Here! Is your stomach fluttering instead of your heart thinking about Valentine’s Day, seeing all the decorations and candy boxes lining the shelves of every store? I can’t count all the people I’ve heard over the years say, “I’m just not a real fan of Valentine’s day. It has never been a fun holiday.” I can …

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Best of 2018 Parenting Resources

Best of 2018 Parenting Resources

A Fresh Look Hooray!! A year behind us and a new year ahead! Ever feel like you just need someone in your parenting corner? I understand! I sometimes feel the same way! Parenting is both one of the biggest challenges and greatest joys in life. And at times we need resources, practical tools, fresh information, and pure inspiration to keep …

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A new look at the Three Kings' gifts and how we can give to God

A New Look at the Three Kings’ Gifts and What We Can Give to God

Three Kings Day Have you ever heard of Three Kings Day? This year, I wanted to pause and share some meaningful things I’ve learned over the years about the gifts of the Magi and their symbolic meanings. I thought this would be a great time as we celebrate Three Kings Day (even if it’s a totally new idea), start a …

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Word for the Year

5 Easy Steps to Choose a Word for the Year that Can Change Your Life

New Year’s Resolutions. The simple words evoke some emotion, I’m sure. The problem with New Year’s resolutions is that they are cloaked in expectations and cause us to look at the things we are tired of being or doing rather than on the person we are focusing to become. Resolutions can be kept or broken, but there’s little to no …

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My Love Hate Relationship with Resolutions and What I Plan to do Instead

My Love-Hate Relationship with New Year’s Resolutions and What I’m Doing Instead

It’s coming soon… Yes, that time is nearing. I can feel it breathing on me, like a toddler with a nasty cold. I am waiting for the dreadful sneeze or a cough that will come just as he looks squarely in my eye! Then just as you intently lock eyes with that look of love that you couldn’t resist or …

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5 Things Introverts need to know going into the holidays

Five Things an Introvert Should Know Heading Into The Holidays

Holiday Stress The holidays are here and with them is a host of holiday cheer, people, activity, busyness, crowds, oh my! For those who are introverts, this can be a stressful time of year. The demands of the season have you stepping out of your comfort zone on a consistent basis and filling your schedule fuller with people and activity …

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Preparing Your Heart for the Holidays Even When it Hurts

Preparing Your Heart for the Holidays—Even When It Hurts

Is your heart struggling this season? From Halloween on, there is a steady flow of holidays, as we move from Thanksgiving to Christmas to the New Year. It can feel like a whirl wind of activity, commitments, and emotions. While the fun and excitement boost us for a while, the holidays can also bring an overwhelming sense of our limits, …

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3 Keys to taking the Chaos out of Christmas

3 Keys to Take the Chaos Out of Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, whether you’ve taken the time to deck the halls with boughs of holly or you’ve just decided to sit back and dream of a white Christmas, you know the holidays are  quickly approaching. And while some may speak of the twelve days of Christmas, you are aware it is far more than …

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Growing an Attitude of Gratitude In Your Family

Growing the attitude of gratitude Thankfulness is something we talk about a lot at Thanksgiving. But it’s not just a holiday concept. “Give thanks in all things.” Some might recognize that from the Bible. Now that’s a steep direction. And I don’t know about you, but one that may not necessarily come naturally. I mean it’s easy to be grateful …

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Keeping Dreams Alive In Parenting

Pursuing a dream Ten years ago, I began following some webinars and learning how to market my materials as an author and speaker. One might say I started dreaming. But how would I set about keeping dreams alive in my parenting years? As one might imagine, a mother of seven can face a few obstacles when it comes to marketing …

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Ten Tips to Help Cope With Miscarriage and Infant Loss

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance From the first moment a woman realizes that her cycle may be a day late, her stomach feels a tad queasy, or her body feels a bit tender or sore… before she even pees on the stick to confirm a yes a no…her thoughts are focused on a tiny life growing inside her. Whether planned …

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