Look Before You Lean

By Shannon Popkin

(From www.shannonpopkin.blogspot.com, Nov. 23, 2010)

When we were downtown yesterday, we bumped into some old family friends, the Smiths*, whom I hadn’t seen since I was in high school.  As I was introducing my family members one by one, Cade burst into our circle with his arms flung wide, announcing, “And I’m her son, Cade!!” Continue reading

Overwhelmed? Anxious? Afraid? Tired?

By Carrie Ward

(From aneverydaymama.com, April 27, 2012)

I’m an everyday mama who wrote a book.

When I signed on with the publisher, I was excited … I still am! … to see what God might do through our story. However, not being a professional writer, I did not see everything that was coming. These days, when you write a book, it’s helpful to be an active social media person as well. This can be a good thing, but don’t forget: I’m an everyday mama, not a social media expert. Continue reading

Little Songs, Big Truths and Everyday Life

By Carrie Ward

(From aneverydaymama.com, April 3, 2012)

The first time I read Thessalonians with my kids, I came to the verse “Do not quench the Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:19) and, of course, one of my kids asked “What does quench mean?” I tried to think of a good example. I described a campfire burning. Then I asked them to imagine someone taking a huge bucket of water and dumping it on the fire. The fire would go out, it would be quenched. Continue reading

From the Book: Learning to Multiply with Mom Math

By Erin Davis

God has always used small offerings for big things. Remember how Jesus fed the 5,000 with five barley loaves and two fish? That miracle was significant enough to be recorded in all four gospels (Matthew 14:13–21, Mark 6:32–44, Luke 9:10–17, John 6:1–14). It’s a story big enough to be taught in every Sunday school class. Continue reading

Ten Ways to ‘Date’ At Home

By Erin Davis

We girls have been talking quite a bit about “date nights” here on the blog lately. Heidi has Saturday Night Date Night in her very own kitchen. (She convinces her kiddos it’s kids dinner night … genius!). I fessed up that my hubs and I don’t really do date nights at all (and we kind of like it that way). In “Beyond Bath Time,” my friend (and fellow BBT.com blogger) Kristie said that the pressure to have regular date nights was part of the angst she felt to be a “perfect” mom. Clearly, there is more at stake here than dinner and a movie. We mommas have ourselves all worked up about this date night business. Continue reading

Angry Birds are Cute, Angry Moms are Not

By Erin Davis

I was perusing reader submitted stories in Reader’s Digest lately and one story jumped off the page at me. Some woman who I do not know was writing about her own experiences as a mother. In less than 150 words she got all up in my business and exposed a raw spot in my heart and life that I would have preferred to leave unbothered. But clearly, God had other plans. Continue reading

Fortune Telling

By Erin Davis

“You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments” Exodus 20:5-6. Continue reading

A Ramen Noodle Lesson

 By Dougetta Nuneviller

While in the dollar store one day, standing in the food isle, I noticed a thin man counting his change. He was looking to see what he could afford for lunch. He had enough money to purchase a package of  fifty-cent ramen noodle soup. It humbled and saddened me at the same time, to see someone hungry and poor. I had  questions in my heart. Questions like — What could I do?  Would he take offense to my offer to help him? I wasn’t sure whether to buy him a decent lunch or pray. I wasn’t sure really what else to do for him. Continue reading

You May Think I’m Crazy, But…

By Heidi Jo Fulk

When I was pregnant with my first-born daughter, I began doing a Bible study with three close friends. We had been part of a larger women’s study at our church, but decided to meet as a small group for accountability and intimacy … and because the night we picked to meet fit our schedules better. Continue reading

Free Date Night

By Heidi Jo Fulk

If you are anything like me, you’re always looking for a way to do things economically.  (Isn’t that nicer than saying “cheap”?!)  And simple doesn’t hurt either. This was especially true when my husband, Dan, and I found ourselves in the midst of a growing household. Economical and simple took on all-new priority and meaning. Continue reading

The Day Older Bought Younger a Pop

By Shannon Popkin

In the car yesterday, Younger grumbled about several things in a row. So, as I often do, asked him to name ten things he was thankful for. He mentioned Older in at least half of his thanksgivings. “I’m thankful that Older plays Sorry! with me… I’m thankful that Older plays in the pool with me…” Younger is greatly enamored with Older, and unfortunately the feeling is not quite mutual. Continue reading

Assess the Flocks

By Erin Davis

“Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds” Proverbs 27:23.

You are a shepherdess. Sounds glamorous I know, and it really is an important job. But … it also means dealing with livestock and stepping in the occasional pile of poo. We’ve lost the image of what it means to herd sheep in our culture, but it was common imagery in Bible times. Continue reading

Life Changed on My Way to MOPS, Part 2

By Heidi Jo Fulk

(Blogger Heidi Jo Fulk continues today with Part 2 of her story about one “forgettable” trip to MOPS. If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.)

After the long day of tests in the emergency room, It was determined that my shunt had malfunctioned and I needed a new one. I had to be transferred by ambulance from a smaller campus of our hospital to the main location where my neurosurgeon was waiting for me. Continue reading