Messy Beautiful Love

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    It’s celebration day for a special friend! Darlene Schacht, also known as Time Warp Wife, has been my friend for several years now…and she has encouraged me more times than I can keep track of. Her purpose in ministry is to encourage wives to put God first in their lives…God has created each one [Read More...]

Who I Am

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About three years ago… Something crazy happened, but I know God’s hand was in it. There was an online “competition” called– The Top 25 Faith Blogs and somehow I ended up in the mix. And then, not because I really belong in the “Top 25 Faith Blogs,” But because I have such incredible friends who [Read More...]

Letters of Hope (Dear Mom Giveaway and Mother’s Day Blessing Giveaway)

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  This is a bit unusual for me, but today I have three important tidbits to share with you… Sweet Mama, we’ve got something special in store for you. Over the next week, we want to deliver hope straight to your hearts. We know that you serve tirelessly each day. We know you meet needs [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

10 Ways to Grow a Friendship (for Becky)

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  Tears drip off my chin, landing on the key board. This post is for my friend Becky. Who is moving far away tomorrow. And she gave me this old man smoking a pipe for my birthday. Probably my favorite gift because it represents years of friendship. A record of– Birthdays and marriages. Babies and [Read More...]

7 Reasons I am Thankful for Media, Technology (and even smartphones)

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So last week I shared… About why I returned my iPhone. But I felt that a follow-up-post was needed. Because there are many reasons I’m thankful for media and technology… (and even smartphones.) So here are 7 reasons I like technology, from someone-who-doesn’t-really-like-technology-all-that-much… 1. Because it helps me connect with people I love. Just a [Read More...]

He Used Them… (when I needed to breathe)

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It happened again this morning. Last night was a rough night and I had incredible intentions of getting up before the kiddos and continuing on with my plan for spending time in God’s Word. But between midnight and 6 am, a certain-three-year-old-someone woke up three times calling for me. Bone-weary. Eyes swollen and puffy. Starting [Read More...]

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