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Mama, Embrace Your Not-So-Quiet Time

Mama, Embrace Your Not-So-Quiet Time

I’m reading the bible chronologically this year. Every morning finds my clunky, awkward journaling bible propped halfway between an armchair and an endtable, coffee spilling with each elbow bump as I turn pages with one hand and hold my nursing baby with the other. Sometimes my eyes are so heavy I can’t remember which part of the Tabernacle I was reading about two minutes before. Sometimes I re-read a passage three times as my two-year-old interrupts with tears or toys.

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Worth the Wait: Geneva’s Home Birth Story

Worth the Wait: Geneva’s Home Birth Story

The little girl cooing in the bassinet joined us only four weeks ago, but with each passing day we love her more than the one before. Geneva Anne joined us on October 21st. She took her time getting here, and judging by her personality so far, that will be par for the course (unlike her sister Adeline, who had to be two weeks early and continues to operate on a packed social schedule and abundant extroversion). As I finally sit down to share her birth story, I see the grace of God for her specific entry into the world – the same way Adeline’s birth was the grace we needed for that season.

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A Christian Mom’s Postpartum Reading List

A Christian Mom’s Postpartum Reading List

In the first few months after Adeline was born I think I read close to forty books. The library was my best friend! So when I was planning for my postpartum with Geneva, I immediately started an Amazon wishlist of books to read. I made sure to include the ones I’d been wanting to own (I’m pretty picky, and keep a minimalist bookshelf!) and some new releases I’d been waiting to arrive!

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How to Do Family Devotions with Small Children

How to Do Family Devotions with Small Children

I wanted to share our family’s routine for family devotions at night with you all, because this is something the Lord has placed on our hearts and we want to be faithful in it. With that being said, please don’t take this in any way as us lifting ourselves up or trying to come across as super spiritual. Family devotions are not for everyone, and the last thing you want is guilt to motivate you to get in the Word as a family.

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When Birth Doesn’t Go the Way You Planned

When Birth Doesn’t Go the Way You Planned

We all love a good birth story. It’s one of the first things women will discuss when they start talking about their babies. Either that or the horror stories that get told to first-time pregnant mamas. Today, I’m not here to share either. I’m here to share that you can have a positive view of God even when birth and the postpartum season don’t go the way you want.

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Giving Birth to Air: The Labor Pains of Adoption & Foster Care

Giving Birth to Air: The Labor Pains of Adoption & Foster Care

When we met (online) two years ago, we were both expecting baby girls, just 1 day apart. We didn’t have chance to meet until after her Addie was born, and eerily enough, she had no idea my baby girl would have been called Addie, too. I am so grateful for her friendship, especially as we walked through the trials that child-bearing has brought, and so excited to share with you, her readers, today!

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The Ultimate Birth Playlist for Christian Moms

The Ultimate Birth Playlist for Christian Moms

I’ve had this playlist on repeat for the last month – my final month of pregnancy! But even if you’re nowhere near being pregnant, these songs are a great backdrop to early morning devotions or a commute to work. You could even use this playlist for times of day when you’re most stressed or anxious, since the playlist is designed to point hearts to God in a time of extreme stress (labor!).

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How to Overcome the Fear of Childbirth

How to Overcome the Fear of Childbirth

We fear what we don’t understand. But sometimes, even when we know what’s going to happen, we fear that too. Childbirth is the perfect storm of both these fears: Fear brought on by ignorance, and fear brought on by knowledge. As believers in Christ, we have His presence and power in the birthing room. How do we live out this reality and face birth fearlessly? Is that even possible?

It is possible to overcome fear of childbirth and enter pregnancy with courage. It is possible to overcome anxiety as a believer in Christ! This process is simple, but it’s not easy – and that’s what we’re discussing in today’s post.

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10 Things I Did Differently in My Second Pregnancy

10 Things I Did Differently in My Second Pregnancy

My first and second babies will be almost exactly two years apart. They were both due on the same day (October 1st)! My first pregnancy was fantastic, but I didn’t know then what I know now. Let’s just say I’ve learned a few things in two years! The changes I’ve made in this pregnancy have made this one even better than the last, even though I’m now working from home with a toddler instead of working in an office full-time (and moving to a new state at 37 weeks!).

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