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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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5 Reasons Having Cousins is Awesome

We got back from a family reunion a few weeks ago. Nearly forty of us. On my dad’s side, I’m the oldest of fifteen grandkids (and even more if you count the nine additional who have married into the fold). It made me wonder: is there anything better than a cousin? 5 Reasons Having Cousins…… Continue reading 5 Reasons Having Cousins is Awesome

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5 Reasons to Make Peace With the Mommy Swimsuit

There’s a hilarious and right-up-to-the-line of inappropriate viral video about moms and swimsuits out there this week. It’s hilarious because it is true.  Most swimsuits out there just aren’t designed for a normal mom who wants to have a normal day at the beach (i.e., swimming, chasing kids, fixing lunches, changing diapers, moving around and not…… Continue reading 5 Reasons to Make Peace With the Mommy Swimsuit

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Top 10 Signs You’re at Your Childhood Home

I just got back from ten days in northern Wisconsin (folks from northern Wisconsin always specify the northern because southern Wisconsin is cities and farmland, while the north is woods and lakes and white-tailed deer and air so fresh your lungs practically say “thank you” with each exhale). I grew up there, and my parents still live…… Continue reading Top 10 Signs You’re at Your Childhood Home

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10 Tips for Enjoying Disneyland with Kiddos

Living in southern California, we’ve gotten to enjoy quite a few days at Disneyland. Kids are free until they’re three (“Mickey’s guests,” in Disney-speak!), and taking little ones to the parks never loses its magic. Still, we’ve learned that there are ways to make a Disney trip much more enjoyable and avoid making it an exercise…… Continue reading 10 Tips for Enjoying Disneyland with Kiddos