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Ticket Time

Every summer, I drive the long journey from Chicago to Oklahoma with my boys to visit my folks. The trip takes about 13 hours, but it might as well take 10,000 years. There are endless breaks: potty breaks, snack breaks and mama-needs-a-rest breaks. Not to mention breaking up fights and listening to the perpetual whining of “Are we close?” So, Mama needed to do something to put some joy into our annual road trip. (Otherwise my children might never see their grandparents again.) A few summers ago, I instituted something called “Ticket Time.” It was inspired by Pinterest –moms who use ...
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Motherhood Uncharted

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My prized possession is my passport. The expired one – the one that has my picture inside the cover with another name underneath it. The first time I used it, I was 22 years old ...
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Putting Out Fires

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Halfway into an 835-mile road trip with my five kids, my car caught fire. I was a young mom. It was rush hour on a Friday afternoon, and we were on the I-80 corridor between ...
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With Love, From MOPS

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Hello Mama, Father’s Day can be bittersweet if you’ve already lost your dad or if your kiddos are fatherless for one reason or another. Either way, I hope you had time to pause to remember and ...
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Ticket Time

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Every summer, I drive the long journey from Chicago to Oklahoma with my boys to visit my folks. The trip takes about 13 hours, but it might as well take 10,000 years. There are endless ...
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Motherhood Uncharted

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My prized possession is my passport. The expired one – the one that has my picture inside the cover with another name underneath it. The first time I used it, I was 22 years old ...
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Putting Out Fires

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Halfway into an 835-mile road trip with my five kids, my car caught fire. I was a young mom. It was rush hour on a Friday afternoon, and we were on the I-80 corridor between ...
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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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When I Feel I am Too Much

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Guilt is my go-to emotion. It is like that perfect little black dress that goes with anything. I can dress it up, I can dress it down. It works for every occasion! Honestly, I don’t ...
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Magic in the Mundane

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Years ago, I had a dreamlike idea of what motherhood would look like. It looked like the time I babysat a 3-year-old boy at the park and we threw sticks over the side of a ...
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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: 2 ...
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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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With Love, From MOPS

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Hello Mama, Father’s Day can be bittersweet if you’ve already lost your dad or if your kiddos are fatherless for one reason or another. Either way, I hope you had time to pause to remember and ...
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MOPS Summer Reading Program

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“Trust your own voice.” I stare at the words sitting on a page of loose-leaf paper next to my computer. I remember scribbling them furiously as my editor was explaining how to approach my newest writing ...
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Call for Submissions – MOPS upcoming book

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Submission Deadline: Monday, May 8 (1-2 paragraphs) Want to show up in the next published MOPS book? We are looking for people to interview and share their stories of kindness, building communities of women, moms lifting each ...
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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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Surprised by Home

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They told me to be prepared for culture shock, loneliness, homesickness and low-grade discouragement. What they failed to prepare me for was the fact that I would meet people who would change my life forever, ...
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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 Collective ...
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