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You may know her as Honey, you may have seen her adorable style and wondered, “How can she really be a grandmother and look that cute?!”, or she may be a complete stranger to you. She won’t be one for long, though. Today we have the pleasure of introducing you to our friend Stephanie (or Honey, […]

I’ll never forget the time of preparation during my pregnancy with our firstborn daughter, Kate. I bought every book, read every article, and consumed every bit of knowledge I could on parenting. My husband and I must have talked through everything — breast or bottle, cry-it-out or hold forever, crib or bed-sharing. Out of our […]

I know the holidays are busy and time alone with Jesus is hard to come by…but that doesn’t mean we have to go through the holidays far from Him. We’ve got to fight for time with Him, and be flexible with what that looks like each day. Here are a few ways I fight for […]

Deep breath in, deep breath out.  I keep reminding myself of this as I glance around at our deconstructed home. Boxes are currently surrounding me and my house looks as if a tornado hurled through it. These are the marks of transition. Chaos. Disorder. And new beginnings that can only come with an ending. In just […]

Introduce yourself as if we were on a coffee date! Tell us about yourself. Would you be drinking coffee or tea?  Hey there! I’m Kara. You might know me as Gretchen’s older sister, Trey’s goofy wife, or Kate, Justin, and Alisa’s crazy mom. I wear many hats throughout the day, but some of my favorites […]

I remember sitting in my ninth grade Sunday school class hearing about peer pressure. The example was someone standing on a chair trying to pull another friend up onto the chair with them. No matter how hard she tried, it was much easier for the friend on the ground to pull the friend off the […]

This post was written by Elizabeth Santelmann. Read more about Elizabeth at the bottom of the post. I struggle to keep Truth before me. I tend to be one of those people who move back and forth between agonizing doubt and stepping forward in faith. The dry times in various phases of motherhood have derailed […]

There is a mother, bent and gray, her children grown and living.
They shower her with words of praise, for all her love and giving.

Another mother down the street is nursing her grown daughter
Whose body’s wracked by this disease; her life is stolen from her.

And on this day a mother cries as newborn life spills forth;
Her precious son blinks in the light and cries for mother’s warmth…

Today Maegan is sharing her story of redefined expectations and unexpected blessings in motherhood. We pray this story blesses you as you evaluate your own expectations of your children and the work that God can do in and through their lives.

It is no surprise that post birth our bodies change drastically. Along with that physical change comes an added spiritual change. Raising children is no small task. It has been argued that motherhood is by far one of the most important tasks on earth, because we as mothers are shaping the future leaders of the next generation! In my own heart I carry a deep conviction that these days with my little boy are meant for greater purposes— for kingdom purposes. But in order to truly grasp that and live it out, I have to put my “mom pants” on. Let me explain.

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