Do You Want to Train Your Kids in Kindness?

LauraAll Posts, Character Training, Motherhood2 Comments

My friend Steph just emailed this question, “I’m currently reading Corrie ten Boom’s “Tramp for the Lord”. Have you read this? It’s so good. Anyways, in there she’s talking about her first bath and meal after being freed from the Nazi prison and she says that the girls who bathed her were “trained in kindness”. I thought about my girls … Read More

Mom, Your Degree and Career Are Worth Every $.

LauraAll Posts, College, Homeschooling, Motherhood4 Comments

Before I had children, I’d write the monthly check to pay my college loans and I’d wonder if I’d ever get my money’s worth out of my college education. Then, as I was transitioning from my career as a teacher to a homeschooling mother, I worried that the skills I developed in my career would atrophy and my hard work … Read More

Tired of playing tug-of-war with your child? Try this.

LauraAll Posts, Babies, Motherhood, Toddlers

When you say, “no grabbing,” do you practice what you preach? After watching this YouTube clip, you may make “no grabbing” your own personal mantra. Respect your baby’s personhood… When you choose not to grab an item from a children, she feels much less threatened. You’re demonstrating that you trust her and believe that she will be beneficent toward you. … Read More

The Reluctant Meal-Planner’s Meal Plan: My Gift to You

LauraAll Posts, Food, Healthy Living, Motherhood

(mmm… delicious gluten-free granola bars that we bake every week) You need to know that food is not my forte. For years, it has been an up-hill battle…on a mountain of Jello. In our family of 7, it works logistically for me to take responsibility for menu planning, grocery shopping, and food preparation, but it isn’t my strength or my … Read More

Remember the Dream, Momma: A Whisper of Encouragement For When the Days Drag On

LauraAll Posts, Marriage, Motherhood

‘Remember when you were a little girl and daydreamed about holding your own little baby? With your dolly, you practiced washing her, dressing her, putting her in that little high chair, and feeding her? You didn’t realize it then, but you were dreaming of laying your life down for a child. And now, you are living the dream. ‘Remember when … Read More

Got a whiney child? Here are 2 things that helped us.

LauraAll Posts, Character Training, Motherhood

Lia and I recorded this video SEVEN years ago when she was just two years old. (Isn’t she the cutest thing?) We were working hard on that whining thing because she whined through most of her waking hours. It didn’t help that she was super-small and had no pain tolerance – even the wind hurt her and we heard about it. … Read More

Build a Path for the Soul: 12 Poems, 12 Hymns, 12 Scripture Passages

LauraAll Posts, Homeschooling, Morning Time, Motherhood

The goodness of a well-loved walking path… When I attended the University of Richmond, I walked around the beautiful Westhampton Lake almost every day. Sometimes, I’d walk by myself listening to music or sermons. Sometimes I’d run, while thinking or praying. Sometimes I’d walk with friends, talking, laughing, or crying together, sometimes singing. I thought we had traced that path … Read More

Why We May Serve Other Women Gladly When We are Able

LauraMinistry, Motherhood

(a friend, holding my baby when my arms were weary…) When women are in high school and college, it takes every they’ve got to adjust to adulthood, focusing on academics and relationships. We say they need older women to call, text, and befriend them. Take them out for ice cream, invite them into their homes. But the women in their … Read More

How to Have a Delightful Group Discussion: Make Trail Mix

LauraAll Posts, Homeschooling, Motherhood

I want to teach my children how to be active participants in group discussions. This skill will bless them (and everyone around them) at the dinner table, around the board table, in the Sunday School class, on public transportation, in the dugout, at the office, in the Senate, and just about anywhere the Lord will lead them. I had seen … Read More