“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7
By: Dana Baran
Stains. They are an inevitable part of life when you have young kids. Beginning with spit-ups and leaky diapers, the battle of stain vs. mommy starts early and escalates quickly as solid foods are introduced and outside play becomes harder and dirtier. Soon it becomes an all-out war. I first realized I needed to up my game after I discovered a lovely orange ring around the neckline of one of C’s white shirts (my favorite, naturally) that was the result of her first experience with a clementine (delicious and oh so juicy). I tried everything, from hand scrubbing with baby detergent to soaking it for hours to spraying it repeatedly with my go-to stain remover, to no avail. Continue reading
Awhile back I asked my friend, Jennifer Bristow, to write a piece to teach me how to play with my kids without loosing my mind. She was excited for the opportunity to share with us mommas her expertise in therapeutic play. Enjoy! Continue reading
From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him. Proverbs 12:14
By: Gretchen Speer
In my Summer Schedule post a couple weeks ago, I mentioned that I see summer as an opportunity for teaching my kids new chores. During the school year we are really busy, so I don’t usually add much to what they are already familiar with. However, when long summer day days are stretched before us it seems only fitting to use some of that time to teach my kids a new skill or two. What I’ve been doing this year is keeping a lot of the same chores, but having them do more with it. Continue reading
Your mother was like a vine in your vineyard planted by the water; it was fruitful and full of branches because of abundant water. Ezekiel 19:10
By: Gretchen Speer
I first made a summer schedule three years ago. I was almost 6 months pregnant with my fourth child and was a little anxious about having a 2, 4 and 7-year-old at home all day all summer! Knowing that the “I’m bored!” declarations were soon coming and wanting my kids to retain the things they had learned in school I came up with this schedule.
It worked really well for us for that summer and the next two summers. We followed it only when were were at home. If we were out and about in the morning we would just hop right into it when we got home. When I first made it I wasn’t sure if the kids would like having a schedule to follow, but my kids really seem to prefer to know how their day will be layed out. I think it also helps the transition back into school in the fall.
Now that my kids are a few years older I decided to tweak it just a bit. Here is what I came up with: Continue reading
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16
By: Jennifer Mullen
Pardon my messy bathroom. I had more important things to do than clean mirrors and toilets.
Last Saturday I rolled out of bed while my family still slept. I packed one of my many Thirty-One bags with some of my journals, my Bible, and my favorite book. Threw on some jeans and a scarf and escaped to a corner booth at Panera.
I sat in that booth for FIVE HOURS! I enjoyed both breakfast and lunch during my stay.
You may wonder what on Earth could I be doing for FIVE HOURS?
Well this is one of many things Gretchen has taught me about taking time to get focused as a mom. Click here to read her article about this amazing tradition I think all mothers should consider.