The Crucible of Family

By: Shannon Popkin

DSC_2100My husband and I recently enjoyed a restful weekend away. We basked in beautiful scenery, interruption-free discussions, and the slower pace we had been craving. Before heading home, we took a walk on a golf course, which was beautifully framed with fall colors. As we drank in the orange hues, we prayed together. I asked God for help to love our precious kids well, and for discernment to discipline them wisely.

I sighed as we got in the car, and said, “Thanks, Babe. I feel ready to go be a good mom.” Ken squeezed my knee and pointed the car toward home.

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Tracing the Hand of God

By Miriam Walsh

ID-10058213 Remember the art project our kids made when their hands were small and chubby? Even craft-challenged moms like me could have success in using a pen to trace their sweet little hands on construction paper. Then together we would adorn the paper fingers with feathers and the thumb with a candy corn beak and black licorice hat. Draw in some feet and—voila—it’s a perfect turkey.

As the kids get older they soon learn to trace their own hands and the designs that could be made from a traced hand seem endless. Whether it was macaroni shells or dried beans or watercolor paints the end result was always original and somewhat of an adventure in creativity to achieve a satisfying result.

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A Locker Room Pep Talk for Moms

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

PEPTALK-3-560x560 Alright Moms.  Everyone get in here.  I think we need to talk.

A lot of you are dragging in.  And a few of you look pretty beat up.  A lot of crinkled foreheads, dark circles, and some funky clothes in here.  So let’s get to it.

I know it’s hard out there.  You’ve got at least one if not a gaggle of children that call you “Mom”.  They probably call you that about 1,000 times a day.  You’re feeding kids, cleaning kids, cleaning up after kids, and teaching kids.  You’re singing songs, doing homework, playing games, reading books, and rocking babies.  You’re grocery shopping, watching the neighbor’s kids, serving at church, and maybe even working outside of your home.

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Christmas Prep!

By: Heather Patenaude

christmas-countdown-wallpapers-2-1024x768This week most of us will be celebrating Thanksgiving with a huge meal, family time, and football! Maybe you’ll be one to get up at 3 am to shop on “Black Friday”! However you will be spending your holiday week, we here at Beyond Bath Time hope it’s filled with thankfulness!

But it also means we’re one holiday closer to Christmas and for me that means my house will turn red and green!

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Dumb Things Moms Say Part 3

By: Erin Davis

Words-Have-PowerI was in a room of women once. We were introducing ourselves with by answering the standard openers…”What’s your name?” and “Where do you work?”

“Teacher.”

“Writer.”

“Case Manager.”

Everyone took a turn. Except for one woman who seemed to be trying to melt into the wall. When someone asked her what she did, she timidly said one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard a mom say…

“I’m just a mom.”

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Dumb Things Moms Say Part 2

By: Erin Davis

Words-Have-PowerSometimes we moms say the dumbest things (guilty!). I’m on a mission to cut some of the silly things we say from our collective vocabulary. If you missed my first post in this series, be sure to check it out here.

Remember, I gave two litmus tests straight from God’s Word to help us know what we should (and should not) say.

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Moms Say The Dumbest Things

By: Erin Davis 

Words-Have-PowerRemember that game show Kids Say the Darndest Things? I’d like to propose a sequel…

Mom’s Say The Dumbest Things.

I’ve been paying attention and there are a few momisms that just need to go. As a mom myself I’ve been known to say plenty of dumb things but I’m trying to kick the habit and I hope you’ll join me.

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T2—Love Your Husband

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

Slide1“How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.”  I’m guessing Elizabeth Barrett Browning didn’t have Titus 2 in mind when she wrote those words.  But for some reason, Browning’s words are in my mind as I think about how Titus 2 tells us to love our husbands.

How do you love your husband?  Go ahead.  Count the ways.  But before you do, consider this: the word love in Titus 2:4 in the original language is a form of “phileo”.  Carolyn Mahaney describes phileo as “a tender, affectionate, passionate kind of love.  It emphasizes enjoyment and respect in a relationship.”  So…how are you tenderly, affectionately, passionately loving your husband?  Somehow washing clothes, making dinner, and raising children don’t seem to be the right answers to that question.

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Brain Day

By: Heidi Jo Fulk

brain dayWe’re big on traditions in the Fulk home, but one stands out from most other families—Brain Day.  It’s one of the biggest remembrance stones in the 14 year marriage and family of Dan and Heidi Jo Fulk—and it’s today.

Thirteen years ago today, I was in an eight hour surgery to have a 2.5 centimeter benign tumor removed from the center of my brain.  I was 23, had been married for just 18 months, a first grade teacher for 3 months, and had no idea that was the way I would start either.  I also had no idea of the impact and far-reaching effects the privilege of having that tumor would have on my marriage, my family, indeed, my whole life.

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Lessons Learned by Observing Our Children

By: Julie Paulsen

HeatherPatenaude111313Do you have family stories that are told repeatedly? Stories how Suzie broke both her wrists at the same time, or your all-American family vacation that turned into a nightmare?  And ladies, how many times have you recounted every detail of your birth stories?  We’re women, who bothers counting, it’s the story shared most with girlfriends?  In our house it was the “Story of the Crib Toy.”

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Christmas Prep!

By: Heather Patenaude

christmas-countdown-wallpapers-2-1024x768Last week here at Beyond Bath Time we started a series to help you prep for Christmas! We’re now at under 6 weeks to go!

Don’t you find the more prep you do, for pretty much anything, the less stressful it is! Well, I’d love to see you have a less stressful holiday! I’d love to see you enjoy December, enjoy your family, and actually breath!

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Three Discipline Pitfalls to Avoid

By Miriam Walsh

33823nvtg4pw41eNumber One: Are you inconsistent?

Does disciplining your kids depend on things like the schedule or the fallout that’s sure to ensue from them once you do?  Does it depend on whether or not you can even remember what the rules are? This generates stress and more importantly, is ineffective. If we can’t remember our own rules, how can we expect them to remember? Establish the consequences ahead of time—maybe even post it somewhere—and be sure to stick to them.

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Developing the Heart of Christ

Today is another installment of our “Faith-Based Parenting” series

By: Kimberly Wagner

faith based parenting graphicHave you seen the series of commercials by Coke Zero? I was shocked and a little sickened when I saw one of these while a group of us were watching a basketball game at a friend’s house. Coke calls it their “Enjoy Everything” marketing campaign and according to their website, this newest series is geared to tell men, “It’s not your fault . . .” and to celebrate “guys being guys.” I’m not sure what they mean by that, unless they mean guys are to celebrate selfishness.

The commercials are promoting letting responsibility go, because you deserve to “Enjoy Everything.” Instead of picking up his in-laws at the airport, this guy was applauded by the narrator for choosing to stay home and win the battle on a video game.

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Christmas Prep!

By: Heather Patenaude

christmas-countdown-wallpapers-2-1024x768Can you believe it’s just over seven weeks till Christmas!?! Does that thought make you panic?

Most of us find the holiday season to be stressful, hectic, overwhelming, not very fun, and down right a lot of work!

Over the next few weeks I’m going to help you get prepared for Christmas! Take my tips, apply them to your situation as you see fit (or maybe not at all), and perhaps you will find yourself less stressful in the weeks to come!

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