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  • Why People Can’t Resist Christmas Hallmark Movies

    Maybe you’re like me and proudly claim your love of sappy, predictable Hallmark Christmas movies.  Or maybe you’re like other people who secretly watch them, but never tell a soul.  Or maybe you just can’t stand them. Regardless, there’s a pull to these movies I always wondered about.  Why are they so popular? Even when […]

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  • The One Thing that Can Derail Your Child’s Potty Training You Didn’t Expect

    Weeks without an accident. Willing to use public toilets without issue. We were on a roll with this potty training. And then it happened. The one thing I never saw coming that derailed my son’s potty training. THE AUTO FLUSH TOILET. Here we were sitting on the toilet doing our thing (me holding my son) […]

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  • He Just Plays with Trucks: Encouraging Variety in Your Toddler’s Play

    My two year old son plays with trucks every day.  He loves it. They go bye bye to eat dinner or have a snack together. They line up. They go ‘down the road’ (pillow or side of arm chair).  He’s getting creative with them. I’d ask if he wanted to play piano, music, blocks, read. […]

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  • The One Thing Getting in My Way of Contentment

    Guilt. I didn’t do enough crafts with my son.  I got bored playing for hours with him and wanted to enjoy and relish the time more.  I could write more, read more, crochet more.  I could work out.  I could use my time better. So many things I could be better at.  So many things […]

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  • Raw. Exposed. Hurting: How Hospitals Reflect the Meaning of Life

    loving each other

    Guilt.  That’s what I feel every time I ring the call bell.  I’m bothering them. Yet, each time the nurse enters compassion fills the room.  She attends to my need with a smile and a tender hand. Can I get you anything else? Just ring if you need me. These words stick with me and […]

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  • 4 Ways My Son Helped me Grow as a Mom

    Time My son helped me appreciate it. He helped me manage it better and forced me to get even more organized. I realized things had to change when my thoughts kept zeroing in on all the things I hadn’t finished or needed to get done.  I was eagerly awaiting nap time and finding the hours […]

  • Inspiration & Encouragement
  • What Venting and Negative Thinking Steals Away from You

    A while back I had to attend a presentation that I wasn’t particularly excited to go to.  It was something I was required to go to, but had no say in the content.  It wasn’t on a topic that thrilled me either.  Thoughts of how the time at the presentation could be better spent and other […]

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  • Managing Your Time

    being more productive

    No more excuses.  That’s what I needed to tell myself. The concept of me time changed after having my son and I used that as an excuse to do less.  I didn’t have time to read, work out etc. That’s not really true though. It was how I managed my free time. I prioritized writing […]

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  • Climbing the Ladder of Life: Coping with Shortcomings in Yourself and Others

    staying positive

    We all know we have shortcomings.  We see it in our family, coworkers, friends, and drivers on the road. It causes frustration, hurt feelings, and can just bring an overall negative vibe to our day. So how do we regain positivity in our day? Picture a Ladder I don’t know when negativity crept into my […]

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  • 4 Lessons my Son has Taught me to Live a Fuller Life

    Sometimes it’s so simple.  A moment can make you stop, ponder, and change your perspective.  I always knew it was important to slow down and enjoy the moments God gave you but it wasn’t until I was spending time with my son, I realized how special that lesson really was.  Here are five of those times… […]