Faith-Based Parenting: Inspiring Faith

By Kimberly Wagner

kim with grandsonHe’s one of the happiest little fellas I know. Always smiling. His mama says that well disciplined children are happy children. I’ve watched that with them. They are already clearly drawing lines of right and wrong even though Drake’s just starting to walk.

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Be A Yes Mom! {Giveaway!!}

Join Jill today on Focus on the Family: Embracing the Imperfections of Real-Life Motherhood

By Jill Savage

YesOne summer when my two youngest boys were in grade school, they ran inside and said, “Mom, it’s so hot outside! Can we see if it’s hot enough to cook an egg on the sidewalk?” The practical side of me started to say no, but I caught myself. Why can’t they try it? Why is my first thought always no? Why can’t I say yes? Is it “wasting” an egg, or simply using it for a different, but just as valuable, purpose?

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Practical Tips to Serve a New First-Time Mom

By Heather Patenaude

562860_10150769583136346_550690367_nI received a text from a new mom recently. It took me right back to those first few weeks I navigated the waters of motherhood. Everyone else made motherhood look easy! But now, with this 7 pound bundle, I felt clueless!

8 years and 3 kids later, I read the text from my new mom friend and just smiled thinking, “Oh the newborn stage goes so fast and yet everything seems so overwhelming!”

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Choosing Focus

By Rebekah Martin

ID-10015132I’ve been challenged to find a “watchword” for the year, a word to keep in front of me and focus on. My watchword for this year is peace.

The other day I was looking through the closet for something and came across the iron. My daughter picked it up as if it were an item of curiosity and asked me in a confused voice “what’s this for Mommy”? Yeah… she really didn’t know.

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When Wives Become Mothers (What Do Their Men Really Think?)

By Erin Davis

First, no … that is not a maternity shirt. It looked so much more flattering in my closet. (Darn you, squishy tummy!).

Second, yes … I have heard of those things called hairbrushes. We filmed this on Father’s Day which I opted to spend fishing off a lake dock. (I’d like to thank the Academy for the wife of the year nomination).

In real life I am 5’6″-ish. My man is 6’2″-fabulous. But in this video I look like a giant and he looks shrimpy. Needless to say, I realize this isn’t my most video worthy look. And yet, look at that handsome man beside me! And he’s smart too! He has some great insights on a husband’s perspective on what it’s like when your wife becomes a mommy along with some great tips on how we can love our men well during the little years.

So … I am scrapping my vanity, and sending this video out into the blogosphere with my head held high in all of my chartreuse glory, in the hopes that it will benefit another mother out there as she walks the tightrope of being a wife and am mom.

Join the conversation with Jason and I about how parenting impacts and changes our marriages by leaving a comment right here on this post. Unflattering top and post-fishing hair is, of course, always optional.

Happy Mother’s Day!

By Jessica Drews

I’m always curious to know why kids love their moms … that’s why I asked some of my favorite children, younger and older, from my church, to tell why they love their mommas. Their answers will make you laugh (watermelon makes the list) and some might even make you cry (one girl talks about her mom giving her life). But in each answer is embedded truth about you, dear momma. Even when it seems like you’re just making another peanut butter and jelly sandwich (or slicing up some watermelon) you’re doing kingdom work. Continue reading

When Mothering Doesn’t Come Naturally

Just because nursing is natural, doesn’t mean it comes naturally. That’s the lesson that Jill learned the hard way as she tried to nurse two babies while battling an insufficient milk supply.

Most moms have been where Jill has. Her vision of motherhood looked one way, and the reality looked another. But Jill’s story is ultimately one of hope as she urges other moms to do what is best for their baby without guilt or shame.

So pour yourself a cup of Joe (or grab a caramel macchiato from Starbucks like Jill and I) and pull up a chair. Let’s get real about what to do when motherhood doesn’t go according to plan.

What mothering challenges have you faced that felt the most unnatural to you? In what area of motherhood do you most need to lay down the guit? Continue reading

Real talk about breastfeeding (and managing expectations)

By Erin Davis

“Well I breastfed my baby until she was 18 months old.”

“My baby didn’t have any troubles nursing. He knew just what to do.”

“My baby has never had one ounce of formula.”

We’ve all heard the stories and for moms who experience breastfeeding that is easy, I say
yahoo! But breastfeeding doesn’t always come naturally, and then what? Continue reading

Why I wrote Beyond Bath Time (and a giveaway!)

Author Erin Davis fesses up about being an imperfect and novice mom then shares why she wrote a book about motherhood anyway.

(Psst! Want to be among the first to read Erin’s new book, Beyond Bath Time? Simply leave us a comment below. We will send a free copy to the first 10 of you to comment. Be sure to include your correct e-mail address so we can contact you for shipping information.) Continue reading

Motherly instinct

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By Jessica Oliver

When turbulent twisters turned parts of Indiana upside down earlier this month, one story of a mother’s plight to protect her young children stood out among many stories of survival. Continue reading

Calling all mom bloggers!

Blogger moms, are you interested in reviewing Author Erin Davis’ upcoming book, Beyond Bath Time, for your website? Advance copies will be available soon, and wants to send you a copy. The book releases in April 2012.

Beyond Bath Time is a book created to help moms like you re-think your role. It’s a community of moms connected through this website and committed to re-claiming motherhood as a sacred role. It’s a call to mothers everywhere to live out their God-given design as life-givers with God’s glory in mind.

Please send an e-mail to Jessica Oliver, web content manager, at if you are interested!