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Is Balance Possible?

 Here’s what we’re talking about at The Mommy Revolution:  Carla: It seems like every article I read about motherhood focuses on this elusive idea of “balance.” I’m all for it, if only someone could step into my life and show me what exactly it might look like. I don’t think my life is any more […]

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First Day of School Eve

So tomorrow my oldest son starts first grade. I’m a real mom now. I just packed his lunch, and now I’m about to set my alarm so we can all get up in time to get him to his bus stop, just down the block. I just wrote another check, signed another form, folded them together, […]

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I Got Nothing

So after nearly a month of not posting anything here—because I’ve been squeezing every moment out of my days trying to make revisions to my book,  keep on top of my regular editing gig, line up some speaking things, help plan a Moms Night Out at my church, put at least some dishes in the dishwasher and some clothes in the washer, and […]

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Found Love

I grew up in a musical-theater-loving family. Not that any of us were in musicals, mind you, but we went to these shows regularly, watched the movie-versions religiously, and sang along to show tunes in the car and at home. For the most part, a great way to grow up. Except for one part, well, […]

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Our Yard by Kathryn Johnson

Cabin Fever–Still

Today is finally March. I had thought by now surely my cabin fever would’ve subsided, but alas, it rages on! This has been the longest winter I can remember and trying to keep three kids under six occupied while plunking out a book has been no easy task. But yesterday, I finally followed my own […]

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Playing House

Yesterday my husband and I went to parent-teacher conferences for our daughter’s preschool. While there we found out everything we already knew—that she could be sweet, stubborn, shy or outgoing. That she does as she’s told—yet shows a comfort in saying “no.” We also heard that she loves to play “house”—busily taking care of many babies […]

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‘Rich in Other Ways’

This morning I overheard one of the moms from church preschool trying to explain to her child why there were trays full of peanut butter by the coat racks. “They’re for people who can’t afford to buy food,” she said. “But those people are rich in other ways.” Her daughter asked, “What ways?” And she answered, “I […]

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

I’m not usually one to go about making New Year’s resolutions because I don’t believe in setting anyone up for failure—myself included! But looking back over the past year, I realized I’ve got a few things I really need to work on (plus, I’m itching for a reason to use my cute bug bullet points again). […]

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Getting to Know God

Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” —Luke 2: 34-35 Last […]

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What’s Your ‘Pebble’?

A few weeks ago, my five-year-old son asked, “Mom, what’s your pebble?”  “Huh?” I asked back. “Your PEB-BLE,” he said. “You know, like how my left foot is smaller than my other one…”  I resisted the “huh?” again, even though I had no idea what he was talking about—pebbles or foot size (his feet are the same size, […]

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