Family Conversations Team-up and Link-up #27

Back in January, I proclaimed 2016 as my year of teamwork. It has awesome experiencing the power of teamwork in action with the launch of my latest book on creative family conversations.  Here is what has happened so far! 20 Family Conversations Over Dinner In addition to writing an incredible review, Pat Fenner from, asked if she could […]

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How to Preserve The Gift Of Being a Blended Family

As I sat next to my step-mother, watching my dad’s casket being slowly lowered into the ground, the thought occurred to me: not only was I surrounded by extended family, but by my blended family. My mother Petra died when I was 7 years old. Three days before I received my First Communion; only a […]

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Grace Based Parenting in Our Blended Family Home

How to parent with grace, while keeping the rules in tact.

This month I have been learning a lot about grace.  We have been talking in church about giving and receiving grace, in MOPS this is a topic of discussion, and I started studying the book Grace Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel.  And I have been finding these lessons extremely helpful in my everyday life. […]

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Behind the Link: Our Interview on Happy 100 Days

Check our our interview and link-up your latest posts--Thanks guys, we are honored!

Why did you start blogging? Jenny and I began blogging because we wanted to share what we are learning about blended family life and family leadership. We also wanted to encourage others to keep growing in their faith. In the process, we discovered that writing is an excellent way to continue our own growth, while […]

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The Beginnings: Becoming Stepmom and Mom

As I get closer and closer to having Addison officially join our family and I go through the process of nesting and preparing for her arrival, I can’t help but feel nostalgic for the days when I was going through a similar process getting ready to become a stepmom to Mackenzie and Brooklyn. I moved […]

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Becoming Mom in a Blended Family Home

A blended family story of hope and joy!

I remember vividly the exact moment I realized that in my marriage, when we chose to get pregnant that I would be a first time parent on my own because my husband had already been through all of this.   We were sitting around the kitchen counter talking with my parents while visiting them in […]

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How to Help Our Kids Bust Boredom and Flex Their Creativity

Why boredom may be one of the best gifts that you can allow your child to have.

“Daddy, I’m boooaaard.” Brooklyn drawls out these words with a mischievous smile, and I know exactly what she is doing. Brooklyn is attempting to activate the boredom-jar. The boredom-jar–a brightly colored container, holding nearly 100 Popsicle-sticks–sits strategically on top of our refrigerator. Written on each stick, is an activity that encourages our children to flex their creativity. The boredom-jar is activated whenever the words, “I’m […]

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Moving past Mommy Guilt and Embracing Joy

Start letting go of shame, because God did not create us to feel less than.

As any parent knows, there is a special gift that comes with the honor of having children that is called “mommy guilt.”  You are barraged from day 1 of your pregnancy with lists of don’t-do that-but-be-sure-to-do-this.  And far too often those lists contradict each other.  To cry it out or not, baby wear or not, breast […]

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An Easy Way to Reduce Step-Parenting Battles

The one thing you need to know to prevent back-and-forth, tug-o-war, arguments.

Sometimes the life of stepmom can feel like a constant battle.  You are coming into a situation where dad and kids have their own routines and systems that you have to try to fit into.  Step-kids may resent changes in the family dynamic and be resistant to accepting you into their lives.  And of course […]

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Blended Family Discipline: Strategies That Work

Ideas to ease tension and make blended family discipline simpler.

One of the most challenging parts of stepping into a marriage where kids are already present is learning how to have the stepparent deal with discipline.  As with many parenting decisions, I believe that there is no one, set in stone, way to deal with this issue.  However there are some valuable lessons that I […]

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