Lessons from Daniel


Have you ever had that happen where a theme or a story or a person or a verse will come up in more than one place? For me that has been Shadrach Meshack and Abednego. I can't get these guys out of my head. On Sunday at church we were studying Daniel and then on Monday listening to the happy hour with Jamie Ivy while driving to work she talked about Shadrach Meshack and Abednego with Bianca Juarez Olthoff. Random, right? I'm thinking no actually. God wants me to learn something from these … [Continue reading]

Three Ways to Make Back to School Less Stressful


I love back to school season. And not because the kids go back to school but I love the fresh start, autumn around the corner, school supplies and new clothes. But... it can be a little hectic. Summer never seems long enough so everyone is rushing to buy back to school outfits and supplies at the last minute. Everything on your supply list seems to be sold out. And you're not sure if you are supposed to get your stepkid a new backpack or if biomom is planning on that. Here are three ways … [Continue reading]

How to Have Less Worry and More Peace


One of my very first blog posts back in May 2013 was about spring break. It's funny how much things have changed in those few short years between then and now. I remember how worried I was then. How much I stressed about this child that I loved so much, and I still do, but had so little control over. Do you ever control your children? Biological or step? No, we really don't. But back then I worried so much for his safety - physical, emotional and spiritual. I hated that time away from us … [Continue reading]

2 Ways to be Present with Your Kids

Ways to be more present with your kids

Couple of days ago T was playing with the indoor basketball hoop (that is actually the baby's but that's another story 😊) and he turned to me and said "where's the ball?" You guys, I spent probably a good five minutes looking for the ball before I turned around and looked at him. You know where the ball was? Under his shirt! T thought it was hilarious that he tricked me. I felt bad. Really bad. If I had just stopped and really looked at him I would've seen it right away. I was just … [Continue reading]

Giving Grace Even When Kids are Grumpy

How can we show our kids grace even when they are in a bad mood.

Do you ever just feel grumpy? Do you forget to say please and thank you? Do you snap at the people you love? Confession: I do. Why is it then when the teenager is grumpy I get so bent out of shape about it? I don't like feeling this way. I need to ask God to change my heart. To help me give T grace. Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. James 1:19 Rather than get frustrated when he is grumpy, I should listen … [Continue reading]

One Word 2016

One word

Since 2009 people throughout the blogosphere have been choosing a word or even a phrase to guide their year. I last did this in 2014 and don't feel like I was very successful. But this year I'm feeling like I need to try again! So... My one word for the year is really a phrase: give it over to Jesus. God had already been trying to teach me how important it is to "take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:5) Have you participated in One Word before? Did … [Continue reading]

Being Intentional as my Child Learns and Grows

With my little, this season is so much fun. He is learning so much and growing so quickly. This morning s during tummy time, he scooted forward so he could grab a toy that was just out of reach. He was getting his little legs under him and he hadn’t done that before. It was […]

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Write 31 Days (That’s a Wrap)

Well, I didn’t exactly succeed at writing for all 31 days of October but I did write more than half the month so that’s worth something I think. 😊 Here are four things I learned by writing about encouragement this month:  Don’t be anxious. Worrying does not help at all. It doesn’t change your circumstances […]

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Favorite Things

A few of my favorite things this week include music for the kids and free gifts for mom. Thanks to an email from Wildly Co I found The Pop Ups  on Prime Music via the 2015 kids and family music awards. Shutterfly is offering a few free gifts this weekend including an 8×10 art print. I’m thinking I […]

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Encouragement for Stepmoms (Thankfulness)

Let you stepchild know how thankful you are for them.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 136:1 Whether you know it or your stepkid knows it you’re one of the mosy influential people in his life. Since you’re reading a blog about encouragement for stepmoms I’m going to bet that you care deeply for your stepkid. Are […]

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