The Birth Story of Eleanor Grace

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I have not been a committed blogger this past year for a host of reasons but namely because of the fullness of life. Staying home with our four girls is the most rewarding occupation but there is little time to write. So you may not have even known that we were expecting . . . our FIFTH daughter! This pregnancy was definitely the hardest, and when contractions started around week 37, I had a gut feeling this wee little one would arrive much sooner than our others. And she did. Here is … [Read more...]

Those Tiny Glimpses from God: Blessings of Motherhood

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Tomorrow this girl turns 8. She is not your typical firstborn. Kate is strong, fearless, and headstrong. She can go with the flow, or she can create her own tidal wave. Flexible but determined, Kate is a natural born leader who isn't afraid to take charge, yet she has a caring, gentle side especially with her younger siblings. She's responsible, witty, and beautiful -- inside and out. I couldn't be more proud of her. When I think about how my children are shaping me into the woman … [Read more...]

When God Causes Us to Stumble: A Confession of Pride

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Pride is a stumbling block. One second you're invincible, on top of the world, convinced that no person or thing can stop you and the next you're lying in the dust and dirt as low to the ground as you can possibly get. We all know the scripture in Proverbs 16:18: "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before before a fall." But to be the object of God's stumbling is truly humbling. I recently found myself on the ground while out on a trail run. I'd been talking to God, … [Read more...]

Get the Kids to Help Out

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This is Day 16 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. This post contains affiliate links. Check out my disclosure policy for more info. The house seems to be falling down around you, but you only have two hands and right now, they're … [Read more...]

Wear Your Baby

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This is Day 15 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. This post contains affiliate links. Check out my disclosure policy for more info. As I mentioned before, with my first child I practiced more of an attachment style of parenting. We … [Read more...]

Find Freedom in How You Mother

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This is Day 14 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. With my first child my life revolved around our daughter. Because I demand-fed her and nursed her every time she cried, she was my constant companion -- day and night. She even … [Read more...]

Quit Trying to Be Super Mom!

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This is Day 13 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. My house is a mess. Baskets of laundry -- both clean and dirty -- are scattered around the house awaiting their final destinies. The food in our fridge is either spoiled or inedible. … [Read more...]

Seeing the Beauty in Our Struggles

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This is Day 12 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. I apologize for not posting this yesterday. I caught the stomach bug and was in bed for most of the day. The other day I wrote about waiting for a new normal, and I'd like to … [Read more...]

Make Time for God

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This is Day 10 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. Before Abigail was born, I woke up around 5:15 every morning for coffee and quiet time with God. That 30 minutes of quiet concentration helped me focus on Him and His plan for my day. … [Read more...]

Wait for a New Normal

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This is Day 9 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for my information. With the arrival of a new baby, life as you once knew it will never be the same again. Now, you and … [Read more...]