10 Tips for Writing When You Don’t Want To (a guest post by Emily Wierenga)

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  I’m so thankful and happy to welcome my friend Emily T. Wierenga to share today. We both write for The Better Mom website and our friendship over these past few years has been such an encouragement from God… From Emily– I pin the colored fabric as though savoring a mango, this slice of time [Read More...]

What I Do and Don’t Feel Like Talking About…

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  Things I feel like talking about– Princess Cousins… William Wallace and Olaf… (our new Bearded Dragon babies) Fairytale Murder Mystery Parties (Jason is Rumpelstiltskin and I’m an elf) Books I’m reading right now… (The Singing God– by Sam Storms) (Girl at the End of the World– by Elizabeth Esther) (Restless– by Jennie Allen) People I’m [Read More...]

On My Corner of Bitter and Sweetness

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I finished the book last night and fell asleep longing for them to make it into a movie– Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Also swirling was– How much and how quickly each child in this house is growing. My bitter and sweet. On Thursday I met for breakfast-tea-turned-almost-dinner with two special friends. [Read More...]

Parenting Class Resources

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My husband and his friend, Andrew, are leading/facilitating a parenting class at our church right now…following along with Tedd Tripp’s Shepherding a Child’s Heart DVD series. And we had hoped to share a resource list weekly along the way, but the real-life-of-it-is-that I’m just now getting this posted. So, this list below should catch us [Read More...]

New Every Morning and Normal -er (and our curriculum for 2013-2014)

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So. You didn’t hear from me last week because we started full-time-homeschool on Monday and it was the best week of my life. Actually– It wasn’t. (Thankfully this photo wasn’t really from this past week, but if you want the back story, you can find it => here.) The truth is, last week… I wasn’t [Read More...]

Glimpses of Grace (Review & Giveaway)

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  As I write this… I can hear something metal clanking against the sides of the dryer. Our three year old is calling from the bathroom that she needs to be wiped and I’m wondering why she’s even out of bed. I can see two praying mantis babies climbing up the wall next to the [Read More...]

Mom in the Mirror (guest post & giveaway by Emily Wierenga)

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Today I’d like to introduce you to my friend Emily and also to her recently published book– Mom in the Mirror. She’s generously offered to give away a copy of her book to one of our readers. Please leave a comment below to be entered in the drawing. Why every mama should read this book… [Read More...]

Our Favorite Traditions (Rhythms of The Better Mom Writers)

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Traditions are important to our family. “Celebrations are the ritualized interruptions in the continuum of daily life which remind us who we are, where we came from and where we are going.” -Milo Shannon-Thornberry God has used traditions and ceremonies and feasts and festivals all throughout history to help His people– Remember. “Pass on before [Read More...]

Mother’s Day Blessing (A Giveaway for You!)

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  Last week my brother and sister-in-law’s little ones stayed with us for five days. They are– just-turned-3 and barely-5. We love those kids and had tons of fun… But add that in with our own 3 year old and– I realized just how much I’d forgotten about what it was like to have three small [Read More...]

Who or What Will You Chase? (and a Q & A with Jennie Allen)

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“Everyday we wake up and we chase something or we chase an invisible God.” – Jennie Allen, Chase I’m always a little scared to started reading something by Jennie Allen. Because it’s almost impossible to walk away– Unchanged. God has a way of using her words to clear through the haze and to help me [Read More...]

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