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Which Shall It Be?

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Pro-family poetry and artwork | lovinglifeathome.com

A friend of mine (and fellow mother of many) recently sent me a copy of the following poem. It conveys beautifully the special place each and every child occupies in a family, no matter how big or small that family is. Unfortunately, several lines had been omitted in the version of the poem my friend shared. Two things clued me… Read more »

A Mother’s Job Description

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A Mother's Job Description - 4 Habits that Will Help You Raise Happy Children| Loving Life at Home

It’s really something we all should be doing. But when I came across this verse in my Bible reading a couple of weeks ago, it dawned on me that 1 Thessalonians 5:14 provides a particularly apt job description for mothers: “We urge you [to] admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” Doesn’t that about… Read more »

Then Comes Baby in a Baby Carriage

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The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults."

Peter DeVries once said, “The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults.” I think both processes are important, but have nonetheless found his point to be true. Having children does tend to mature us faster and better than we might expect to mature without them. When my husband and I first married, the… Read more »

What Spiders Know that Moms Forget

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Moms are amazing. They birth babies. They make milk. They keep their household humming. But spiders are pretty savvy, too. They spin silk. They weave webs. They provide for public pest control. I’m not saying spiders are smarter than moms, but many mothers — myself included — could learn a few things from spiders in general and from one spider… Read more »

25 Ways to Raise Capable, Confident Children

25 Ways to Raise Capable, Confident Children

The fourth of our twelve children will be leaving the nest in another couple of months, and it has my husband and me reexamining the job we have done (thus far) raising our children. Of course, we’ve made lots of mistakes (that’s another post for another day), but by the abundant grace of God (and by following the great example… Read more »

How Will You Be Remembered?

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The Flanders Family: Mom and Kids

An interviewer once asked Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison how she had become such a great writer. Did she study a particular method? Read books to hone her craft? Study under famous authors? To which Morrison laughed and replied, “Oh, no, that is not why I am a great writer. I am a great writer because when I was a little… Read more »

Putting It in Perspective

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I don’t know who wrote the following poem, but it is a good reminder that we should “not despise the day of small things.” This season of life will be over before we know it, and won’t I miss it when it’s gone!. My days are days of small affairs, Of trifling worries, little cares, A lunch to pack, a… Read more »

In Pursuit of Lasting Results

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I have a friend who refuses to iron more than one piece of clothing at a time. She believes that dying with a closet full of clean, pressed clothes would be testimony to a wasted life. Why bother ironing something you may never get the chance to wear? “I”d much rather spend my time mowing the lawn,” my friend confides…. Read more »

Have You Hugged Your Kids Today?

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10 Good Reasons to Hug Your Kids Daily

If you haven’t already hugged your kids today, here are ten good reasons to do so now. And if you have, here’s a bunch of good excuses to hug them again. 1. Hugs are nice. 2. Hugs give you a good feeling inside. 3. Kids need hugs to stay healthy. I once read — although I cannot for the life of… Read more »

The #1 Choking Hazard

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Do you know what the #1 choking hazard is?

Do you know what the #1 choking hazard for children is? I thought I knew. After all, that has been my husband’s catchphrase for more than two decades now. “Don’t let the baby get hold of that,” he warns with predictable frequency, “it’s the number one choking hazard.” I’ve always accepted this statement without question, assuming Doug was citing some… Read more »