new best friend

Gracie wanted another American Girl doll more than anything this Christmas, but didn’t get her. She’s such a poor, neglected child, right? 😉 So this resourceful little business girl managed to buy herself and Ruthie a new friend. We were so proud of her. She came to us and told us how she really wanted […]

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teaching kids about money through giving

This post was underwritten by BMO Harris Bank, which offers a matching $25 on a new savings account opened for your child through their Helpful Steps for Parents program. Learn more at bmoharris.com/parents. I have found that teaching kids about money is very challenging. Especially when, like us, you live in an area that has […]

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when they try – and lose

Last week, Ellie announced she wanted to run for student council. She’s only in third grade, so I’m not quite sure what the student council actually does, but whatever. It would be good for her.  She was so excited. We mentioned that she might not win, and she was like, “Yeah, I know, I know. […]

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mean

Yesterday Colin came home from school and we were sitting at the table eating our lunch. He was telling me about his day at school, how he had music class and painted on an easel and played with cars. Then he said, “Mommy, some boy called me stupid.” *insert sound of my heart breaking* I […]

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the baby birds

Ellie came running over to us, so excited. “Mom, Dad! I found a bird’s nest! With baby birds in it!” As she told us the story, we learned that while she was exploring in the woods, she saw a bird coming out of a hollow tree. She went to check it out and looked inside […]

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kids and entitlement

Colin came running up to me, all excited: “MAMA! There a Cars car and helmet on TV!” “Wow! Cool!” “Can you get it for me?” “No, not right now.” (insert tantrum.) Seriously? I wish I could say this happened to someone else’s kid. But, nope!  That’s all mine. I was outraged. He has at least […]

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letting go. and letting little people load the dishwasher.

Lately we have been encouraging our kids to take more responsibility around the house. Now that I started working part-time (Did I not mention that? I’ve probably been too busy!), help is just what I need around here. Obviously, its important to give kids responsibilities for jobs around the home. Its not just to be […]

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not too busy to minister: ways for busy families to serve others

While my husband is off on a mission trip, I’ve been thinking a lot about my ministry which lately,  has been feeling non-existent. By the time I’m done with cooking, cleaning, diapering, running around and working, I barely have time to sleep, nevermind lead a Bible Study or something. Personally, my go-to excuse is “But […]

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nagging me to insanity

(warning: total brain dump ahead) I don't think that Gracie know I can hear her right now. She just got in trouble and sent to her room. So she is sitting on her bed, crying, and talking about how "Its not fair. I wait and wait and wait and she never lets me do anything. […]

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overcoming the mama bear instinct

Friday afternoon my cell phone rang."Hello?""Hi, Mrs. Girlymama. This is Mrs. C, the school principal. Ellie is here in my office. There was an incident on the bus." My mind was racing. Ellie? In a fight? What? Ellie doesn't even fight with her siblings! She and her sister argue, but there's never any hitting or […]

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