Posts in Motherhood
In You I See Myself: Embracing Empathy in Motherhood | Marvelous Mundane

Those mornings the three year old’s whine sounds more like a war cry, a high pitched declaration of battle between his childishness and my sanity; the eight-year old’s foot dragging a shot fired against all my glorious intentions. And the almond-eyed two year old, those whacks he gives his brother are blows to the grace my heart embraced in the early morning quiet, before the walls of this house echoed with the noise of three life-filled boys.

Days come where it seems this white sided house is a casualty laden battlefield. We line up, them against me. Their to the death stubbornness against my i will survive determination. Their quick shifting emotions against my fast fading patience. Their muddy shoes and soup dropping hands against my momentarily clean floors. Their childish cries against my not so adult-like sighs.

 

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When a Sippy Cup Straw is the Last Straw | Marvelous Mundane

This morning was one of those moments.

I was standing at the sink washing dirty sippy cups.

You know when your kid can drink just fine from a regular cup, but you aren’t ready to wash the floor five times a day? Yeah, that’s me. And while any floor in this house of three boys could use a good scrubbing five times a day, ain't nobody got time for that.

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Free Download | Share the most marvelous story with your kids.

It’s finally here!

This eight-day devotional, a free download, to walk your family through the Most Marvelous Story.

I know myself, and  the daily struggle to find the right words to share the realness of Jesus with my kids. If you are anything like me, you wonder too: “How do I share this reality with my kids in way that draws them to the wonder and greatness of Jesus? That makes them see themselves in His great story? That gives them a glimpse of the whole picture to spark their hearts to want more?”

 

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Momma, Life is Here | Marvelous Mundane

When that newborn baby cries louder than any shower concert you’ve given; when a few hours of connected sleep sounds like a fantasy; when it takes longer to get out the door than your average drive, there is life here. Life is found in seeing the face of God, in hearing the voice of God. And this entirely dependent baby, who can’t speak their needs, who can’t voice their fears and discomforts, is the perfect picture of our dependent hearts.

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10 Picture Books that Celebrate Imagination | Marvelous Mundane

Every single book on this list is a guaranteed stop-whatever-you-are-doing-and-pile-on-mom moment. Every single book here I would order for myself, even if I had no children to read them to. Who says that “children’s books” are only for people under a certain age?

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You Are Not A Project | Marvelous Mundane

Your very presence is a present, a gift from the Giver of all good gifts. And when your presence requires more from me than I feel I have to give, whether nights of unslept sleep, days of unplanned interruptions, or years of untouched dreams, I will remember that you are never a disruption, but a gift of grace

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Am I "Mom Enough"? | Marvelous Mundane

The children you have are not a mistake. They are hand-picked by God to be in your family. You are their chosen mother! God hand picked you for them. Own it! Own the truth that you are God’s best mother for these children. You are the only mother they are going to have.

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Of Cracked Fingertips and Parched Souls | Marvelous Mundane

When I can barely make it to the end of a bedtime story before desperately running to the childless quiet, when a little voice makes one last night-time request and I barely fight back the frustration ready to burst from my heart to my mouth, when dumped milk causes spilled tears, these red flags wave me back to my reality. The reality that neglected soul care will always chase me down.

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Creating Your Own Support System | Marvelous Mundane

Almost every Thursday, I have a group of moms and their small children over for a play date, of sorts: a come and go as you please, bring your own snacks kind of playdate. (I am not in a stage of life where I can bake weekly, or offer more than a well-made pot of coffee!).

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Five Tips for Enjoying Life with Toddlers | Marvelous Mundane

They say there are two certainties in life, death and taxes. And in this stage, I can add another: stranger comments. Almost every errand run with my three young, full-of-life boys in tow equals another, “My, your hands are full!” or “Wow, you must be busy!”

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