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True Christmas: Parenting Until it Hurts

This time of year gets me thinking about Mary. I wonder what it was like back then; pregnancy and childbirth in times where there were no cars or hospitals. She was most probably contracting while riding around town late at night on a donkey. I can’t imagine a labor like that! Then, after working and… Continue reading True Christmas: Parenting Until it Hurts

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How Did You End up with 15 Kids?

I was not raised to want a lot of kids. In fact, when I was carrying my first child I was very, very afraid. Babies and children were a mystery to me. Even the men I knew were better with infants than I was.     But as soon as I pushed my little daughter… Continue reading How Did You End up with 15 Kids?

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I Want to be a Gold Medal Mom

Athletes have stars in their eyes. Their focus is to become champions. They see themselves standing on the podium, hand over heart, swelling with pride as the medal is draped and the crowd erupts in applause.   But the road to that point is long. Denial. Pain. Begging and borrowing to stay in training. Explaining… Continue reading I Want to be a Gold Medal Mom

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Large Family Stress Reduction: Getting Ahead Part 2

In my last installment in this series, Large family crisis reduction: getting ahead {part 1}, we discussed the basic ideas behind doing things ahead, or, as Don Aslett puts it, creating a “frontlog” instead of a “backlog.” Of course there are times when even the best of plans are interrupted, and this is where faith… Continue reading Large Family Stress Reduction: Getting Ahead Part 2

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Five Things That Steal Motherly Joy and How to Avoid Them

Did you know that motherhood is supposed to be joyful? I know that this is not a popular perspective. There are so many embittered souls who are willing to share one horror story after another, or who say, “Just wait until…” He makes the barren woman abide in the house As a joyful mother of… Continue reading Five Things That Steal Motherly Joy and How to Avoid Them

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The Power of a Nap

People ask me how I have not only survived but thrived while mothering 15 children. First of all, I tell them I couldn’t do anything without the Lord. If it weren’t for Him I would be such a dark, horrific mess, but He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me… Continue reading The Power of a Nap

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Good Moms Know How to Ignore

If you don’t develop the art of ignoring, you will crash and burn as a mother. Oh, yes, I believe in keeping a neat house, of doing things ahead, and of making life simple, but if you looked deep into my psyche and tried to learn the secrets of how I have handled life with… Continue reading Good Moms Know How to Ignore

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Is “The Pill” Evil?

When I was a child there were only two, or sometimes three, channels to turn to on the television set, so when the news came on there was no escape!  Even though I would have done almost anything to avoid such boring adult dribble, my parents insisted in watching it, so I sat and endured.… Continue reading Is “The Pill” Evil?