Soul Mates

“Dad, do you believe in soul mates?” I asked. His eyebrows raised behind the paper he was reading. “Well …” he began. His fingers drummed a nervous rhythm on the tabletop. My dad’s hands were always moving, either pushing back his glasses or tapping little showers of menthol ash from his cigarette, despite his fingers being heavy laden with rings. I watched his face and wondered whether he was mulling the question or just still reading the paper. I waited, though, because so much hinged on his answer. Surely, I thought, he’ll confirm my mother as the only possible object ...
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The Little Giant- Giveaway!

The Little Giant The story of David and Goliath is retold in a contemporary and playful musical featuring Kathie Lee Gifford and other notables like Regis Philbin (as Jesse). Enter to win this 30 ...
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Why Is It so Hard to Say “I’m Sorry” and Really Mean It?

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It seems easy enough, right? We tell our children to apologize and “mean it.” But we see them struggle to conjure up sincerity when they are still hot from the difficult moment. Moms are sometimes ...
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Love Leaves a Mark

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On the night of Cam’s funeral, we lit paper lanterns and watched them float across a starry Nashville sky. Some of the lanterns came together and formed the letter C, as if God was saying, ...
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Love Leaves a Mark

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On the night of Cam’s funeral, we lit paper lanterns and watched them float across a starry Nashville sky. Some of the lanterns came together and formed the letter C, as if God was saying, ...
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Love Speaks the Loudest

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I’m not sure when motherhood began to resemble a game show entitled “Judgment and Comparison.” “I’ll take, ‘Why is your 3-year-old not potty-trained?’ for $100, Alex.” Somewhere along the way, I feel like moms have developed ...
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Love, Like a Juicy Apple

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He runs through the lawn, toddler body wiggling and shaking as only a running toddler body can. He stops to rest a soft, sweaty head on my leg, just a moment, then points at me ...
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Why Is It so Hard to Say “I’m Sorry” and Really Mean It?

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It seems easy enough, right? We tell our children to apologize and “mean it.” But we see them struggle to conjure up sincerity when they are still hot from the difficult moment. Moms are sometimes
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It’s Too Dangerous to Love Myself

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My story is not unlike those of countless other postpartum moms: pregnancy changed my body in ways I didn’t expect, and even once I lost most of the “baby weight,” I struggled to accept that ...
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The Unbirthday

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In Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Alice stumbles upon a rather strange tea party in which she encounters the Mad Hatter and the March Hare known by all as utterly nutty. These poor fellows find ...
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Messages of Hope

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Share messages of hope and encouragement with all to see by writing them on this easy DIY felt message board. Materials ½ yard black felt Spray adhesive Frame with backing (any size) Iron on letters: ...
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Beauty in Simplicity

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Another Monday arrives, I feel the weight of yet another week coming: how will I keep the children entertained this week, will my activities measure up and am I doing enough as a mom? Will ...
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Into the Small Places

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The world tells us that what matters most is the grand, the visible, the powerful. But Jesus speaks of children, mustard seeds and yeast (an organism so small it’s invisible to the naked eye!). His ...
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The Little Giant- Giveaway!

The Little Giant The story of David and Goliath is retold in a contemporary and playful musical featuring Kathie Lee Gifford and other notables like Regis Philbin (as Jesse). Enter to win this 30 minute ...
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With Love, From MOPS

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Hello Mama, Can I just tell you how impressed I am with the Offline October movement started by teens to “unplug” from social media and to start “living”? I have always felt like my children ...
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Call for Submissions: November 2017 Blog

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Submission Deadline: October 23, 2017 (600-900 word count) Live Out Loud Lately, does it feel like the only voices heard across social media and news platforms are simply the angry or the fringe minority? How ...
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Top “Airmom” Moving Tips

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Are you moving soon? It doesn’t matter if you are moving across town or across the country, it is hard to move. And it is a lot of work. We are a military family and ...
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The Path of Most Beauty

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For many years, I believed God’s calling on my life had to be something I didn’t want to do. I’d heard story after story of people who believed they had been called not just outside ...
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I change. You change. Let’s change together.

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Have you ever yelled at a friend? Like actually raised your voice? If not, then you probably don’t want to be my friend. Because in my adult life, I've yelled at more friends than I’d ...
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Brave Collective: Nashville

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Traveling south from Nashville, Tennessee, the green hills are lined with white fences. It brings to mind gatherings around farm tables with home-cooked meals. The mood was set as Dalley Galuzzi, Jackie Alvarez and Mandy ...
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Brave Collective: NYC

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We gathered in a second floor Long Island City apartment. It was a couple blocks from the waterfront and the first subway stop in Queens outside of Manhattan. We maneuvered the table into the living ...
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Encouraging Your Brave Collective

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My four-year-old daughter happens to be the biggest fan of me doing the Brave Collective. No, really. She found a shirt with a feather on it and wears it every time I have a Brave ...
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