Fighting for Your Marriage When Life Beats You Up

In the parenting journey, just as in life, nothing is guaranteed. The unexpected happens to all of us, but there are some things that not only come as a surprise, they turn life on its head. And in those moments, marriage is often the relationship that takes the hardest hit. Divorce rates among families with disabilities, infant loss, or special needs are high, and it’s no surprise. When the rest of your circumstances demand a fight, it can be hard to stick up for each other. So how do you love your partner well when everything else feels uncertain? The ...
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The Juggle Is Real

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I am a creature of habit. Since an early age, I realized that I thrive on routine and consistency and that I do not like surprises of any shape or form. The structure to life ...
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Motherhood Is Meaningful

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Sometimes I get discouraged. Being a mother with no other current employment seems like not enough; less than. I am surrounded by other mothers who appear to be accomplishing abundantly more. It’s in my face ...
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Five Steps You Can Take Now to Land Your Dream Job Later

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Elizabeth Billups is the content manager at MOPS International. She's also the author and illustrator of The Puddle Jumper's Guide to Kicking Cancer and other books. With three kids of her own, she's got a ...
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Motherhood Is Meaningful

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Sometimes I get discouraged. Being a mother with no other current employment seems like not enough; less than. I am surrounded by other mothers who appear to be accomplishing abundantly more. It’s in my face ...
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Five Steps You Can Take Now to Land Your Dream Job Later

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Elizabeth Billups is the content manager at MOPS International. She's also the author and illustrator of The Puddle Jumper's Guide to Kicking Cancer and other books. With three kids of her own, she's got a ...
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It Will Be OK

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photo credit: Ashley Wright Photography First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes … well, you know the rest. It’s been beat into us as women that there is a natural progression to things: find ...
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The Three Elements to Transformation

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If you know anything about building a fire, you know it takes three elements for a fire to burn: a fuel source (e.g. wood, gasoline, plastic, etc.), heat (like a spark from a lighter), and
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Second Grade Dreams

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Some kids dream about growing up to become athletes, singers or doctors. Me? I dreamt about college. I recall with great detail the day when my second grade teacher talked to our class about what ...
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The Greatest Connection

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If you say you want to connect with others but never ask questions, then you don’t really understand connection. The greatest connection often comes from just being willing to ask the question and may have ...
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Scales and Arpeggios

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Growing up, I took several years of piano lessons and my least favorite part was practicing my scales. It seemed so tedious. Did it really have a purpose? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txx9D-8ubdg Turns out there was a purpose ...
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Slingshot Fun

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"We have to reinvent fun back into our American society or we are going to serious ourselves to death." - Alice Cooper https://vimeo.com/271905836 The MOPS International staff taking a much-needed fun break from the work ...
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The First Move Advantage

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There is a well-known theory in chess called the first move advantage that suggests the player who goes first is statistically positioned for the best outcome. When I first heard this, I went and found ...
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Fighting for Your Marriage When Life Beats You Up

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In the parenting journey, just as in life, nothing is guaranteed. The unexpected happens to all of us, but there are some things that not only come as a surprise, they turn life on its ...
» READ MORE

The Juggle Is Real

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I am a creature of habit. Since an early age, I realized that I thrive on routine and consistency and that I do not like surprises of any shape or form. The structure to life ...
» READ MORE

Motherhood and Career

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On November 2, 2017, my new identity as a mother formed when I gave birth to my baby girl. Suddenly, all of my maternal instincts from within unleashed care and compassion onto this beautiful creature ...
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The Anticipation of Waiting

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There are a few events in my life that I can vividly remember the wait: My wedding day and the birth of my two sons. I remember the feeling of complete and utter lack of ...
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When Simple Becomes Stunning

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A chilly breeze found its way through the cracks of the window, as my toddler son cuddled in close. Christmas was in the air, but everything was strangely out of place. The rest of the ...
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Prayers From the Heart

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When I was a young mom with four kids under the age of six, I felt guilty at my lack of a significant prayer life. My prayers didn’t measure up to what I thought they ...
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