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5 Survival Tips for When You’re Solo Parenting

Daryl traveled to a pastor’s conference a couple weeks ago. I was genuinely thrilled he was going – he hasn’t spent a night without the kids since before our second born arrived, and times of focused study, rest, and renewal are a gift. I was also terrified he was going. It would be me and…… Continue reading 5 Survival Tips for When You’re Solo Parenting

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Don’t Give Away the Time (Soul Space Thursday)

I like to joke that most things in life can be explained by scenes from either The Office (the American version, of course) or The West Wing. Take this scene from The Office, for example, where Holly Flax tries to explain time theft to her officemates. That, to the company, taking extra time at the water cooler…… Continue reading Don’t Give Away the Time (Soul Space Thursday)

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10 Ways Raising Kids is Basically Science Fiction

Living with tiny humans is not unlike Star Trek… 1. When you suddenly realize it’s waaaaaay too quiet Oh no, oh no, oh no oh no oh no. Please, PLEASE tell me they didn’t discover my hidden lipstick stash. Welcome to the foreign planet that is now your living room.   2. When you try to…… Continue reading 10 Ways Raising Kids is Basically Science Fiction

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10 Reactions Parents of Young Kids Will Understand

1. When you can’t EVER let your guard down around glasses or silverware  Our baby has a reach of like eight feet if he sees something sharp, breakable, or shiny. Go-go-Gadget ARMS!   2. When your close friend who gave you a hard time for being a nap stickler has a baby of her own and texts you, “Oh…… Continue reading 10 Reactions Parents of Young Kids Will Understand

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10 Valentines to Give your Kids

I don’t remember so much Valentine’s Day pressure in my younger years. My mom would make us heart-shaped pancakes, we’d eat way too many of those tiny chalk-flavored candies at school, we’d exchange some cheap paper Valentine cards with our classmates, and that’d be it. Then social media happened. And suddenly it wasn’t enough to tell…… Continue reading 10 Valentines to Give your Kids

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Since Laughter is the Best Medicine…

There are some nasty illnesses going around and our fam fell prey to some last week. It was miserable. First the baby, who we had to take to the Emergency Department because he was, you know, not able to breathe (he’s fine now, but it aged his poor parents 10 years). Then the preschooler, who missed a day…… Continue reading Since Laughter is the Best Medicine…

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10 Gifs That Sum Up Parenting a Preschooler

How can a person be so grown-up and yet so frustratingly not all at the same time? Raise your hand if you’ve said things like these and gotten similar reactions from your 2-5 year old… 🙋🙋🙋 1. “You have to put on a jacket.” 2. “No dessert unless you take one bite of everything.” 3. “Be nice to Aunt Mabel.…… Continue reading 10 Gifs That Sum Up Parenting a Preschooler