380 || When the Joy of Parenthood Isn’t Instant
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380 || When the Joy of Parenthood Isn’t Instant

Elisabeth Jordan - September 1, 2016

John, It’s your first birthday, and I have so many things to tell you. I did not fall in love with you the way I thought I…

276 || Graduating to the Empty Nest
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Life
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276 || Graduating to the Empty Nest

May Patterson - April 22, 2015

Graduation is a bittersweet mix of springtime, caps and gowns, home videos and tears. Most graduates feel relief and excitement, while most parents feel a growing void.…

252 || The Bigger Picture Of Orphans, Sex Trafficking And Poverty
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252 || The Bigger Picture Of Orphans, Sex Trafficking And Poverty

Carol Claflin - November 25, 2014

You know those picture books that start with a tiny image – as if the camera is zoomed in close – and then each page zooms out…

206 || Married Without Kids And the Pressure to Get Pregnant
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206 || Married Without Kids And the Pressure to Get Pregnant

Sarah Holmes - September 8, 2014

Due to the nature of this post, I'd first like to clarify that I am definitely NOT pregnant. Sorry to disappoint you, Christian culture. Yes, I know…

205 || Outback America: Taking Families On An Everlasting Adventure
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205 || Outback America: Taking Families On An Everlasting Adventure

May Patterson - September 2, 2014

The first time I took my teenage son, Will, to an Outback America weekend on a rural farm near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, I was not so sure I wanted…

179 || Rescued From Sexual Abuse: A Different Kind Of Fairytale
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179 || Rescued From Sexual Abuse: A Different Kind Of Fairytale

Joyce Oglesby - August 5, 2014

Once upon a time, a five year old girl ran to her mother. She held up her stained underwear, confused and scared. She knew something was terribly…

161 || Mystery Moods And Eating Machines: Mornings Are Hard Work
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161 || Mystery Moods And Eating Machines: Mornings Are Hard Work

Jason Savage - May 22, 2014

I have found the phrase "sleeping in" to be a relative one. When I was a little boy and full of energy, sleeping in meant missing the first round…

151 || Then A Soldier, Now A Mama: Summer 2014
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151 || Then A Soldier, Now A Mama: Summer 2014

Rachael Jackson - May 15, 2014

As I write this I find myself wondering what I got myself into. Parenthood has left me questioning my abilities in every single way. I find myself…

137 || Parenting Against The Clock: Long Days, Short Years
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Life
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137 || Parenting Against The Clock: Long Days, Short Years

Christina Stolaas - May 9, 2014

Being a mom often feels like the most demanding and exhausting job in the universe. I listened to the wisdom from those who had already "crossed over" and…

115 || Then a Soldier, Now a Mama
Life
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Life
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115 || Then a Soldier, Now a Mama

Rachael Jackson - February 15, 2014

When I had my first child, an unexpected emotion accompanied my unbelievable joy and happiness — sheer terror!  The same woman who chased tornadoes (Confession: I almost…