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I wrote this post over two years ago, and I came across it and realized this principle is ongoing for us all.  I believe one of the greatest challenges and deepest joys comes from the fine art of gratitude… Even when you’re suffering. During the years that my daughter was sick, we learned together that gratitude is both a cherished and powerful part of living.  We still live in this truth today.  Read an old story, and take in fresh encouragement. 27 hours.  That’s how long my daughter had been whining and moaning about...

In our family, we set out on a mission to build character and instill faith in our children.  When the kids were little, it was all about keeping them fed and safe from harm.  We were immersed in changing diapers, and teaching them how to eat and speak and walk.  The functioning is at it’s peak during those critical years of development, as we bundle our little ones to protect them from the cold and rock them to sleep- the basic fundamentals are laid before us. But as the years roll along, our children need a different set of...

I shared this post over two years ago, and I have had this on my heart once again.  For those who don’t believe, may this open your heart to the wonder of an Almighty God and an army of Angels that live beyond our living. My daughter recently shared quite an extraordinary experience … “Mommy!  Guess what happened last night?  I saw three ANGELS!!!  I woke up last night and there they were…watching me!  One was tall and skinny and she was up on the curtains, another was on the other side of the curtains and she was smiling...

Hey friends!  While I am away in B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. Czech Republic, I am honored to welcome Kristi to my Devotional Diary Series of sharing faith.  I have always been curious about her religion, and I’m so glad she responded so positively to my request to share her faith right here at The Mom Cafe!  Lets all learn and embrace all that Kristi has to share about what she calls her joy, her comfort and her peace.  And remember,  if you have the desire to share about your own faith journey, please comment or email me or message...

“You have a very sick little girl here. When should I take her to the hospital?” We had landed in Texas for my sister’s wedding. After finding our hotel and settling into our room, we made the call to my Mother In Law to check in on my baby. Days leading up to this, I had been in that desperate state of decision. My precious daughter was sick, and I was leaving her to be in my sister’s wedding. This weekend was about my sister’s celebration. Her big day. It was about all of her family leaving their lives to be in hers. It’s...

Our world is entrenched in war, in mass killings and terror that spreads throughout the globe. I wake each day holding my breath as I listen to the headlines, afraid this may be the day that evil spreads to this great land I live in. I exhale an exhaustive relief that I am protected once again to carry out my life untouched by the excruciating and torturous acts that are carried out on the lives of millions far from my safe and comfortable home. There are countless innocent victims who have to endure such suffering of violence and hate,...

This is the season for letting go, as countless mothers are sending their beloved children off to school. Whether it’s kindergarten, grade school, middle school, high school or college… It’s never easy. I have endured and embraced this fine art of letting go… endured the anxious peeling off of my grip on control and embracing the independence of both my kids. It’s profoundly bittersweet, yes? On one hand, we watch them as they step forward into the unknown with all that they are and all they will become. On the...

I tend to write some heavy stuff here in this place of mine. And I usually try to balance my posts with a bit of lightness that gives relief of the usual depth that resonates in my words and my message. I think about how I live my life, laced with long meaningful conversations with loved ones about life’s circumstances that fall hard and heavy- and when I sit at my laptop with prayer for what to write next… The passion to find faith and perspective in the gritty stuff pours out. But? I spend much of my time laughing. Being absolutely...

Friends, today I am sharing with you two beautiful people with an honorable mission in parenting.  Lori and Becky are the creators of 1 Corinthians 13, a site which I have had the joy and the privilege to contribute to regularly.   They offer such great information and encouragement with a variety of articles from many different authors. Their Christian values, based on the scripture surely will resonate with all parents in loving their children with compassion and patience!  If you haven’t checked them out yet, be sure to take...

  A beautiful older teen girl recently referred to Middle School as “the Devil’s playground”. And although her statement was meant for insight and truth, those very words instantly grew long claws with jagged edges and sharp spears that scraped the very flesh of my heart, leaving it raw and bloody. It got me. The Devil’s Playground. And she went on to say that middle school is where you learn about EVERYTHING. Others nodded in agreement with that collective moan. Oh God. I just dropped my child off at the devil’s playground…...

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