• Freedom From Parenting Guilt

    Freedom From Parenting Guilt

    Like most parents I fear that I fall short with my children. I worry that I don’t have what it takes as a mom and that I could possibly ruin my one shot at this child rearing

  • Are Unexcused Absences Ever Excusable?

    Are Unexcused Absences Ever Excusable?

    I take school and academics very seriously, but I am not opposed to missing a day every once in a while even when the reasons aren't related to death or illness. Maybe you've seen some

  • 10 Ways To Feel Loved and Adored By Your Spouse

    10 Ways To Feel Loved and Adored By Your Spouse

    (originally posted on November 11, 2013) Imagine your husband brings home a rare painting in an ornate frame and he wants to hang it up in the living room, but you can’t find any nails,

Create Your Own Speech Therapy Book

By | March 21st, 2016|Categories: Babies & Toddlers, Creativity, Hearing Loss, Schooling, Special Needs|Tags: , , , , , , , |

When SJ was first diagnosed with hearing loss I was encouraged to create an experience book. Books are a great resource for speech delays anyway, but a book that has pictures and experiences that your

Identity and the Internet

By | March 14th, 2016|Categories: Parenting Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Sometimes I wonder if I would be as creative or motivated if it weren't for social media. Kind of like if-a-tree-falls-in-the-woods-and-no-one-hears-it-does-it-make-a-sound kind of thing. Do I worry too much about sharing and not live in

Elle at 4 months

By | March 11th, 2016|Categories: Babies, My Life|

Elle has had a major growth spurt over the past month. It's like someone pulled the cord on a self inflating raft and she just instantly filled out. She is currently sitting at 14 pounds

Mornings as a Deaf Child With Cochlear Implants

By | March 9th, 2016|Categories: Special Needs, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

The other day someone asked me about SJ's cochlear implants. The person I was talking with had never heard of them before. I hadn't either before I had a deaf child. They are such a

The Big Six

By | March 8th, 2016|Categories: Frugal Living, Motherhood, Parties, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

SJ turned 6 years old on Friday. If you have spent any time around MessyMom.com then you probably know I like to party. SJ has had a Cupcake Party, Green Eggs and Ham Party, Donut

A Safer Internet

By | March 3rd, 2016|Categories: Family, Schooling|Tags: , , , , |

I knew the day would come when we wanted some kind of filter for the internet and with an 8 year old doing reports and searches online that day is here. I have been asking friends

When Christine Met Brad

By | February 26th, 2016|Categories: Marriage, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Today's guest post is from Christine Leeb who has a burning message to share about marriage. Just when they thought theirs was over God stepped in.    "Love is patient, love is kind. It does

When Bill Met Loretta

By | February 25th, 2016|Categories: Marriage, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

It was 1963 and Bill was a Senior at Hub City Bible Insitue in South Dakota. When he met Loretta he knew she was the one. She was a petite blue eyed beauty who had

When Amanda Met Les

By | February 24th, 2016|Categories: Marriage, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Today’s post is a real treat as Amanda White shares the story of how she met her husband and embarked on their journey of serving God together. They are just too cute! My husband says I picked him up. I say I’m just friendly. We both went to a local community college. We had to park in the commuter lot and walk through the woods to get to the first building on campus. We had both been sitting in our respective cars waiting till the next class. I heard the music in his car and was pretty sure it was Jars of Clay. As a Christian music fan of the early 90’s, I could spot Jars a mile away. Finally, we both got out of our cars and he was walking a few paces ahead of me. That was when I noticed his shirt. It was a concert shirt by the band, Dakoda Motor Company. Now, if you’ve ever heard of this band, it’s because you were in the throes of Christian Music culture like my family and I were. We went to all the festivals, stayed after concerts and collected every CD that the Christian music industry put out there. Dakoda Motor Company was one of our indie faves! I ran up to this Christian-music-fan and said, “Hey! Is that a Dakoda Motor Company shirt?” (He says THAT was the pick-up line!) and we started talking. I asked him what his major was. He said, “Religion.” Well, as any good Christian knows, religion is the word Christians use when talking to non-Christians about their major when they are really studying to be pastors or missionaries. Religion is a nice and basic word that won’t require a lot of eye-raising if you’re not a Christian and you run across a guy who wants to be a missionary as a college student. I knew his game. So, I said, “Oh, yeah? What do you want to do?” He said, “Be a children’s evangelist.” Well. That one stopped me cold. Because that was actually what I wanted to do, too. My mom had been involved in full-time children’s ministry at our church almost my whole childhood. I was on puppet and drama teams, worked in children’s church every Sunday and really and truly couldn’t think of anything else I could do with my life. The evangelist part of it was just because I thought it would be fun to travel and be on the stage every night. So, my next sentence probably really was my pick up line: “Me, too.” I think we basically dated from that second on. A few days later he called (I think there’s some guy rule about waiting two days before you call a girl.) and we began to meet for lunch at school, did homework together and essentially began planning our lives together. Because how often do you meet a guy who wants to do the same really weird job as you? It was three years later that we were married. We moved into some government apartments in north Georgia and worked out the outlet malls while we went to a (different) Christian college. We spent our internship in Oklahoma working at one of the country’s premier children’s ministries. We started traveling around with our little truck and trailer to churches doing “kids crusades” with puppets and music and magic tricks and object lessons. We spent the next seven years being Les-and-Amanda. We traveled all over the country–from Colorado to New York, to Georgia to New Mexico. We lived in five different states, worked at two churches, visited 35 states and half that time didn’t have a home to call our own. We were nomads doing exactly what we said we’d do the first three minutes we met. When we had our first baby, a little girl named Lydia, our mission was still the same–tell kids about Jesus. But the kids turned to KID and our world revolved around leading this one little girl to Jesus. We ended up moving back home to Atlanta, lived near our parents and volunteered at a local church. Today, we have two kids and my husband doesn’t do puppets or travel as his daily job, but he empowers me to be at home with our kids leading them to Jesus. He owns three businesses, climbs roofs and makes sales so I can write and help parents lead their kids to Jesus. He sings in the elementary department at our church each Sunday–leading kids in worship to Jesus. It’s weird how our lives move and change. We have the same passion for kids and God. It’s just moved into a different stream. We don’t just hop in our truck and drive to a new state and meet new people anymore. But we still get to work hard together every day–on daily marriage stuff, on raising our kids and preparing for our future as a family and couple. Sometimes I forget our story. I don’t always like to look back to when I was a teenager and early twenty-something because let’s face it, that’s not the wisest years of your life. But when I do look back, I am amazed at how God’s finger has been writing our story–how God brought us together at that certain time and place, to meet and to connect and to one day form a family for Him. And clearly, I’m thankful to Dakoda Motor Company for making music and concert tees!       Amanda White is a stay-at-home mom of two who blogs at ohAmanda.com and is the author of Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands and A Sense of the Resurrection an Easter Experience for Families. In her former life, Amanda was a Children’s Pastor — overseeing, organizing and developing ministry for kids in nursery through middle school, but now that she is a mom, her “skills” are used up on her kids!

When Amanda Met Michael

By | February 22nd, 2016|Categories: Marriage, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Today I am kicking off the 2016 How We Met series of love stories with a  guest post from Air Force veteran Amanda Huffman. She will be  telling us the story of how she met her

How We Met 2

By | February 19th, 2016|Categories: Marriage, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

I am pretty excited, okay EXTREMELY excited about the 2nd annual installment of "How We Met"- a series of love stories. I'll be kicking it off on Monday, but before that I wanted to take a look

Acknowledging the Self Control Crisis

By | February 2nd, 2016|Categories: My Life, Parenting Tips, Uncategorized|

I recently did a book review of Strong and Kind by Korie Robertson. I mentioned the idea presented in the book to choose two character traits that you would want to be the main focus in your

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