Purpose in a New Mom’s Pain

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I have been struggling lately. Certain seasons unfortunately carry with them a weight of pain that sometimes feels unbearable. For me, recovering from childbirth has been one of those seasons. Most new mothers would tell you these first several weeks are more difficult and painful than anyone could really warn. It’s unfortunately not something you…

Our Ordinary Family’s Extraordinary Foster Care Journey

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It’s hard to believe we are approaching eight months of being involved in foster care. It seems like just yesterday we were trying to pass a home study and focused on fire extinguishers, swimming pool safety, second-floor ladders, outlet covers, CPR training, respite care, and medicine lock boxes. Who knew we were unfit parents before…

When Mom Loses Herself in Motherhood

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He was only three, my oldest son with the high-pitched voice and sweet “Yes, Ma’am.” His younger brother was a roly-poly one-year-old with a laugh that left a happy trail of slobber. And my belly was so full of baby that I could barely breathe. My insides were as cram-packed as our days. Playdates and naps, followed…

Grace for the New Mom

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 I don’t even know where to begin. The past six weeks have been one beautiful, miraculous mess. Wesley Noah is here, and he has turned our worlds upside down. Thank you for sticking with us while we figure out this whole parenting a newborn thing. Today I have finally had the time, mental capacity and…

‘Owlegories’ Creator Talks with ChristianParenting.org

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You can tell a lot about an artist by what he creates. That is the theme behind Owlegories, the animated series that teaches kids about God through the amazing things found in nature and revealed in God’s word. Its banner verse  is Psalm 19:1–4: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the…

Meeting MOPS Moms Where They Are

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Last week, ChristianParenting.org hosted a booth at the MOPS convention. Even as I type these words, I smile at the memories. Some moms attended, glad to have a few days to be diaper free and enjoy adult conversations. Other moms brought their babies in strollers, carriers, or papoose-like snuglies. Most of these moms came because…

The Certain Uncertainty of Pregnancy

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It’s been the strangest thing really, trying to prepare for something you could never really be prepared for. You can deep clean, buy everything you need, stock up on essentials and meal prep to make everything as easy and smooth as is within your control. But some things are simply out of your control, period.…

I’m Scared to Hold a Baby

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Few things in life scare me as much as holding another person’s child. I know that sounds weird, but allow me the opportunity to unpack my emotions for a moment. I think my fear stems from a few places. One, I flat out don’t know how to hold a baby. I feel like this little,…

Dear Dads: Spell FAME backwards

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If you are a father, you can be famous. Just spell fame backwards: Every Man As Father. What if we measured the fame of men in terms of the kind of fathers they are striving to become? How would that change and benefit your family? How would that change and benefit our Christian culture as…