parenting

3 Ways to Teach Our Kids to Live The Opposite of Normal

By | Everyday Life, Parenting | One Comment

Growing up, I was constantly bombarded with the belief system that I needed to be normal. I learned early on going to school and watching my peers that normal is safe, normal is living in-a-box, normal is respected, acceptable, and rewarded. But, what happens when we don’t feel normal? What happens when our kids grow up feeling they are far from normal. You can’t live normal and live out a God-adventure.

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10 Things Moms Want and Don’t Want For Mother’s Day

By | Everyday Life, Parenting | 2 Comments

I have all three of my kids home this year for Mother’s Day! Last year, we were living in Nicaragua and I was missing my two bigs! They left for the states to spend time with family and left me a Spanish card and decorated the door of our casa with balloons. It was sweet and thoughtful, but having them here with me this year to spend time with, laugh hard with, kiss bunches, and give out endless hugs means the world to me.

As I was thinking about what I wanted to share this week, I couldn’t just pick one, so I decided to collect the top 10 favorite mom links I found to celebrate Mother’s Day with you from all over blog land.

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My Hubs Shares: 2 Ways A Dad Can Say Yes

By | Everyday Life | 28 Comments

This week we are celebrating the new book release, Rhinestone Jesus by Kristen Welch. I’m so excited that my husband is sharing today his YES as a dad. When he let everything go and decided to lead us with courage, purpose and adventure…our family really starting living. His new blog series coming soon, “Real Talk In A Crazy World.” I’m giving away the 2nd book today! [Winner Announced]

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Wednesday WOW: 60 Ways to Spice Up Chicken, Mom Giveaway And A Family Lesson With Rubber Bands

By | Everyday Life, Wednesday WOW Recipes | 2 Comments

I grew up a meat-lovin’ girl and enjoyed the 5 big meats: pork, beef, chicken, turkey, and lamb! A few years ago, life took a wicked turn for me, and I became allergic to all 4-legged creatures. Now, I’m always on the look-out for delicious chicken dishes and when I found this blog post for 60 new ways to spice up boring chicken, I just had to share. Plus, a mother’s day giveaway and great family lesson with rubber bands!

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5 Things You Will Need To Prepare Your Child For The Big Launch

By | Everyday Life, Parenting | 3 Comments

One of the biggest adjustments in my life as a parent has been finding the courage to let go and prepare my three super-kids for their big life adventures. Thankfully God gives us adequate time to grow into this new season of parenting. It’s not an overnight heart-explosion, but a slow process that takes years (and a lot of mistakes along the way) to learn how to let go. I don’t mean letting go of loving, caring, praying, supporting or nurturing, but really letting go and letting them launch into independence and growing up and leaving the nest. But, is it possible to love our children AND let them go?

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Weekend Crazy Links I Love

By | Everyday Life | 4 Comments

I love sharing links I love. I love sharing your links you love. This new series, Crazy Links I Love will be a place you can share your favorite links, posts, recipes, helpful tips, projects, fundraisers … your favorite things. I want to be a cheerleader for you, a shout-out for you, and a place you can share your gifts, talents, and passions with other bloggers. It’s really simple to share… let’s start this party!!

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Helping our kids (teens, too) be happy, healthy and motivated

By | Everyday Life, Parenting | 31 Comments

I have been deeply submerged in public education for over 25 years. I was an elementary school teacher for second and fifth graders in the inner-city of Phoenix, Arizona. This year, I have celebrated our son, Michael heading off to college, cheered on our daughter, Hannah in a brand new high school, and watched our daughter, Zoie fall in love with school as a brand new Kindergartener … but for the first time, I have been faced with the real-life challenge of doing exactly what I said I would do, be open to change.

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