Tools for Peaceful Parenting Without Fear

Now that we are in the midst of the “back-to-school” season, I am sharing some of my heart at Keeper of the Home this week. Join me there where I’m looking at some Tools for Peaceful Parenting Without Fear.

It is my goal that my children will experience peaceful parenting, not fearful parenting, so I try to

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Self-Care for Mama

“Self-Care” seems to be a phrase that is tossed about more often lately. At first glance it may appear to be a “feel-good” term, and utterly impossible. When your schedule is full, the little ones depend on you, and the chores never end, mama can often end up feeling drained.

Admittedly, I can be really

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A Missions Night

This past week, we had the privilege of hosting a missionary in our home. It was a joy to hear from her heart, full of prayers and experiences. She spoke of plans and dreams, and reminded us of our own, buried deep in our hearts, as well.

Over cups of chai

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Pain Redeemed

Sometimes picking up a book means having to revisit your own story… a past you’ve packaged up; hurts and joys reappear with their lessons; and the tears fall again. This was my experience in reading Natasha’s book, Pain Redeemed. Her beautifully-crafted words transparently reveal her journey with an incredible message.

I read

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Redeeming Childbirth

Going through the journeys of pregnancies and childbirth have been transformative for me. Each time, it has been a refining, deepening season of faith and, most of all, surrender.

I have chosen to give God everything in my life (oh, yes, there are times when I am reminded of something I’ve selfishly held back,

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Entrustment and Other Made-Up Words

Post contributed by Calvin, in honor of Michele’s birthday and our 10th wedding anniversary this week.

As I was sitting in the dark, keeping drowsy children company as they fell asleep, some thoughts came to mind. They kept crossing each others’ paths, like acrobatic birds who swoop through the evening sky. I’ll

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Redeeming Christmas

The lower segment of the tree branches and ornaments are pretty much demolished by the baby (we’ve vacuumed up the trail of fallen needles almost daily!), the packages have been regularly rearranged and inspected by my preschooler, and my newly-six-year-old wants to just spill the beans and tell everyone what they’ll be receiving.

The packages

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And Now She is Six

My dear Gen girl,
Yes, I am writing your “special letter” tonight. It is fun to see that you are now old enough to remember the tradition, and to ask for your birthday letter this year! (Don’t worry sweetie, I haven’t forgotten.)

How quickly you are growing, my dear! You are reading books (and giggling

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A Gathering of Women

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Amid a chorus of memories, fragrant hand-picked lilies the color of sunrise, and the glow of sunshine, I drove across our valley on Monday. I stopped along the way to gather up dear daughters of our King; their decades of seasoned wisdom pouring forth with their words and prayers.

My daughter and I (along with the

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The “You-ness” of You!

Post by Contributing Writer, Rachael
We read a book around our house that is one of my very favorites. It is called “Hooray for You”. It is a great explanation of how we are each created uniquely and includes this line:

“You-ness?” you ask. Quite hard to describe, it’s your style of being, your rhythm

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