Surprise! Baby #4 Coming This August!

It was just before Christmas, and I was feeling off. My stomach had been a mess all week, I was more exhausted than I should have been, and—most notably—I’d been hormonal and ...

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Charleston Michael || Nine Years Old!

Dear Charleston, You asked me to cuddle with you at bedtime last night. You also asked the night before last, and the night before that too. In fact, you ask me every ...

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Kalinda and Sullivan Turn FOUR!

Dear Kalinda and Sullivan, Happy, happy, happy birthday you two! This Wednesday you will be FOUR years old, can you even believe it?! Time—especially time related to parenting—is just the strangest thing. ...

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Faithful 09.23—Double Blessings

There is a question that is invariably presented in every Bible study and small group I am part of. You may have been asked to consider this question too, if not in ...

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Homeschooling, Year Four: Our Plans for Third Grade

It’s been a lovely summer, but we’re ready to get back to (school)work, and Charleston and I will be starting THIRD grade tomorrow! Which means that we are entering into our fourth ...

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Parents: We aren’t doing enough. (But that’s okay!)

I often wonder how far back the phenomenon of Mom Guilt extends. Like, did Eve go to bed each night wondering if she’d spent enough time playing with young Cain and Able ...

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Yes, please! And thank you!

What comes to mind when you hear the term “etiquette?” If you’re like me, the word likely evokes images of formal tea parties with guests dressed to the nines, not a stray ...

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Just Say Yes!

His surprised enthusiasm was a knife to my ego, shattering my heart into tiny pieces I was left scrambling to retrieve. One might think I would experience a little self-satisfaction or at ...

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Kalinda Joy & Sullivan Luke // Three-and-a-Half!

Dear Kali and Sully, It’s been six months since your last birthday, and you’ve been counting down to your NEXT birthday for weeks now. Today, on the halfway mark of your fourth ...

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Charleston Michael :) Eight, and Totally Great!

Dear Charleston, Happy birthday!!! As I write this, it’s the night before your big day, and I am reflecting back on this same night eight (EIGHT!) years ago. I’d been laboring for ...

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