parenting

Praying for snow cones…

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My daughter and I pulled up to the pool where she practices for swim team every day.  She opened the car door to get out. “I hope the snow cone truck is here after practice,” she said. (A local snow cone company had been parking their truck near the pool most days.) “I hope so […] Read more…

The landscape of a mom’s heart…

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But it’s a beautiful change, isn’t it? Take a minute and share; how has being a mom changed you? “The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.  She never existed before.  The woman existed, but the mother, never.  A mother is something absolutely new.”  ~Rajneesh   “Mother love is the fuel that […] Read more…

Every smile, every laugh, every tear…

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“You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” Psalm 56:8 I tiptoe into to my daughter’s room to check if she’s asleep. It’s been a busy week and she’s had a lot on her plate. Quietly, I stand next to her bed and look at her […] Read more…

Parenting a toddler? Eight great tips…

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Today for Mom-Monday, I’m sharing an article I originally wrote for Sacramento Parent Magazine about parenting those cute little ones we call toddlers. They can be so darn precious, but they can be challenging too. If you’re a mommy to a toddler, be encouraged, hang in there and read on… EIGHT GREAT TIPS FOR PARENTING TODDLERS […] Read more…

If we treat our family like a treasure…

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They will become a treasure.   Do I love you because you’re beautiful, Or are you beautiful because I love you? ~Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Cinderella   Thank you, Rick Stedman for the inspiration to love my family in this way! Click to tweet! *post previously published —————————– Thanks for stopping by for Mom-Monday – […] Read more…

#BeCourageous

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My mother-in-law gave me a ceramic plant decoration a while ago that I absolutely love: It has special meaning to me, not only because it’s from her, but because of my involvement with Courage Worldwide, helping girls who have been victims of sex trafficking. I’ve seen more courage in the last couple of years than I […] Read more…

What finding happiness as a mom is really about…

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I’m speaking to a group of moms at Bayside today about Finding Mommy Bliss, so I’ve been thinking a lot about the topic… When you look at the definition of bliss–serene joy, perfect happiness, paradise, heaven–you might wonder, “Is that really possible? Can you really find that kind of happiness in the middle of diapers, temper tantrums, […] Read more…