What a red dye sensitivity means for our family

We’re traveling this week and next, so I’m sharing some of my favorite posts from the archives. This one seemed especially timely with Valentine's Day, and all of it's pink and red food, coming up this weekend. It happens every few months. As our oldest daughter rages and screams, one of our other girls will…

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Follow your heart, mama

There's something to be said for adding a new baby to your family when the rest of your children are out of diapers and school-age. It turns out that it's an entirely different dynamic than the days of four children under five, more than one baby in diapers and interruptions from multiple kids every night.…

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On obedience and the right to an opinion

NOTE: As we welcome Lucas Isaiah to our family and adjust to life as a family of eight, I'll be sharing some of my very favorite posts from the thousands of posts in our archives. I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed reading back through them once again! Can you teach your…

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The danger of snap judgements

NOTE: As we welcome Lucas Isaiah to our family and adjust to life as a family of eight, I'll be sharing some of my very favorite posts from the thousands of posts in our archives. I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed reading back through them once again! A few weeks ago,…

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Why I’m buying my 8-year-old her first bra

Three years after I first shared this post, we're about to mark this milestone for the third time as our third daughter turns 8 (how did that happen?!), and it continues to be one of the best parenting decisions I've ever made. It's become a fun tradition...and then a non-event; wearing a bra is just…

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On racism, injustice and having the hard conversations

source: Mary Engelbreit This post is so far out of my comfort zone it's not even funny. I don't usually blog about current events at all, opting to let other, better writers address them and then sharing the posts that resonate with me instead. And I'm so afraid I will say the wrong thing or somehow contribute…

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The Secret to a Happier Family

What if I told you I'd discovered a secret that completely changed our family culture and the atmosphere of our home? It's silly, really, and incredibly obvious, but since we'd been overlooking it for so long, I'm going to share it anyway: The power of a smile. Now, I wrote a sponsored post a couple…

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My Kids Are Awesome… And So Are Yours!

The following post is from Emily of Live Renewed: I'm came to an amazing realization recently. My three kids are actually little people. Their own unique person with their own unique personality, likes and dislikes, hopes and dreams, fears and worries. I mean, I understand that my kids are their own person. I've known that…

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On Joyful Motherhood

It was one of those moments that makes your heart hurt. I was taking another silly Buzzfeed quiz and I needed to choose the word that best described me. I chose happy because, well, I feel like a happy person. {Most people might even describe me as a happy person.} But my 9-year-old was sitting…

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Are You Attending The Mom Summit Online?

Are you going to The Mom Summit? The Mom Summit is FREE and available online from March 31 – April 7, 2014. Amy McCready is one of my favorite parenting "experts" with her no-nonsense style and über-practical advice, and she's just one of 30 amazing authors/speakers who will be participating in The Mom Summit, which…

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