Praying for Boys

Praying for Boys

by K.J. Tanner Friends of mine prayed for boys.  They asked and begged and after twenty weeks, they lay prone on a table, abdomen gooey as tears of joy streamed down their faces.  “It’s a boy!” the technician declared joyously. I cried not tears of joy, but one small tear of sadness.  It’s not that…

MotherStyles

MotherStyles

I have five children.  Each one of them is as different as the next, and I have spent my mothering years marveling at the way one God created such beautiful diversity in my children.  It thrills my heart to watch their unique personalities develop because I know that each of my children is a special,…

When efficiency is a problem

When efficiency is a problem

I have always loved being efficient. Doing something quickly and effectively gives me a thrill. Of course, my husband’s appreciation of my efficiency contributes to my satisfaction. And in general, my affection for efficiency is a good thing. But lately, I’ve realized that sometimes, prizing efficiency isn’t always best, especially when it conflicts with my…

Fit to Burst
Parenting Books

Fit to Burst

When I first read Rachel Jankovic’s debut book, Loving the Little Years, my feeling of relief and encouragement was profound.  Finally! Here was the author of a parenting book who understood where I was coming from.  At that point, I had two little ones under the age of two, and it seemed like all the parenting books…

Mended

Mended

Angie Smith didn’t set out to become a writer. Her blog, Bring the Rain, was begun as a way to keep family and friends up-to-date with the arrival of her fourth daughter, who was diagnosed as “incompatible with life.” Audrey Caroline lived a lifetime of just a few hours, but her mama kept right on…

Loving the Little Years
Parenting Books

Loving the Little Years

Two potty accidents, a spilled bowl of oatmeal, no morning naps, and I’m finally stepping into the shower at 11 a.m. I take a deep breath and tell myself, “This is the new one.”

It’s just one of the memorable anecdotal reminders for moms in Rachel Jankovic’s new book Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches… She’s a young mom of young kids. She doesn’t pretend to have it all figured out. She doesn’t tell you how to parent. Instead, she challenges other moms as she challenges herself: adjust your attitude, change your perspective.

why mommies need Jesus every second…

People tell me my children are good. But those are the people sitting in front of us at church. I know how many times they have gotten up or acted up.

But I don’t want to be raising my children to look good. I want to raise them to want to be good.

I know how little good it will do in the long run if they are “sitting down on the outside but standing up on the inside.”

The End.

The End.