• 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,

Four Kids in a Grocery Store

By | August 12th, 2016|Categories: Family, Laughter, Motherhood, Uncategorized|

Every once in a while I go somewhere with all four children and seamlessly accomplish the daily tasks at hand. That happens about as often as I find the perfect avocado and consume it at its

Postpartum Haircut

By | June 10th, 2016|Categories: Pregnancy & Birth, Uncategorized|

It's common to loose hair after pregnancy and I am not exempt from this hormonal misfortune.  When I am in those first postpartum months I shed more hair than a Chow on a hot day.

Home Stretch for This School Year

By | April 21st, 2016|Categories: Schooling|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It's official. I turned in re-enrollment forms for both of my school age kiddos. SJ will be going into 1st grade and Z is going into 3rd. I'm really excited about this next milestone for these

Getting Emotional About the Last Baby

By | April 7th, 2016|Categories: Babies & Toddlers, Motherhood|Tags: , , |

While in Texas last week I got to spend some time with Connie (the pastor's wife at the church where we did ministry for many years). She is the same age as my mom and

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

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