Month: July 2015

The Natural Mother Myth

Some very kind people have complimented my mothering by telling me I’m a natural. You know, a natural mother.  That, it seemed to them, like all things mother came to me in some sort of effortless, magical way. I’ll be the first to tell you that that is not how it happened. Most of these …

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Just Being Their Mom is Enough

A few days ago I overheard myself consoling another mom, telling her what was true, despite her warped perception.  I say I overheard it because as the words were coming out of my mouth I realized that what I was saying I happily applied to all moms, except myself. “No, that doesn’t mean you’re a …

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6 Lies About Marriage I Believed When I was Single

My husband and I are coming up on our 5th wedding anniversary this summer.  In that time we’ve had 3 kids, traveled to Europe, survived me quitting my job, lived through a thousand fights, laughed a million times together and, most importantly, started to learn what marriage actually is. As a bride I knew marriage …

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How Having Kids Did Not Kill Our Sex Life

**Quick Note**  My husband and I use this PRINTABLE AGENDA, which allows us to reconnect in a POWERFUL way.  Get it here: Let’s just get it out there: there are few things as important as sex in a healthy marriage.  No matter the age, stage in life or situation, sex makes or breaks a marriage. …

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The Blessing of Family Affirmation

I never knew how miserable a meal could be before I had kids. Everyone is complaining about the food, the baby is literally throwing stuff, the toddlers are sparing with forks and there is just so much screaming.  Add in the regular Sunday night blues, stress from my husband’s upcoming business trip and some PMS …

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Welcome Cross Stitch Pattern

In case you haven’t noticed, I de-stress and relax (which I feel like is mandatory these days) with handcrafts.  I particularly love crafts that are small, portable and take minimal brain power.  The perfect example of this type of crafting–CROSS STITCH! And, because I can never find exactly the pattern I am after I have …

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Nativity Themed Felt Advent Calendar Pattern

The day is finally here–the day that I share my Nativity Themed Felt Advent Calendar Pattern.  Yay! I know, you’re probably like, what?  We’ve been waiting for this day?  Well, maybe you haven’t been, but I certainly have been.  This project has been in the works for a couple of months now and I am …

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Why I Need the Pain of Childbirth

As a woman with childbirth (hopefully) still in my future, I can’t really believe I’m about to say this, but here it is.  I need the pain of childbirth when my children are born. I need not only pain, but not just pain, I need that life-changing pain we feel while giving birth–to be a …

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49 Crafts the Celebrate the Cross

This post includes an affiliate link. I love crafting–but you know what I love even more, MEANINGFUL CRAFTING.  I love creating something, either by myself or with my children, that actually means something or symbolizes something larger than us. And what is more powerful than the cross?  Nothing. Because I am always on the look-out …

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