Category Archives: Taking Care of Me

You’re Still At Home?

I was a stay-at-home mom for over twenty years. In fact, my first book, Professionalizing Motherhood was written specifically for moms at home. It’s still in print and making a difference in the lives of moms at home all over … Continue reading

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Mom School

It was our second or third Hearts at Home conference when a mom stopped me in the hallway and told me that her kids called Hearts at Home “mom school.” I loved that picture! Think about it: Motherhood is the … Continue reading

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What To Do While You’re Waiting

Today’s post is a guest post from Olivia Ryan. Olivia serves as a volunteer on the Hearts at Home radio team. She’s a Midwest native who lives to inspire women to bear and share hope with the world. Hands down … Continue reading

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Don’t Just Join…Invite!

Last week I heard from a mom who has felt very frustrated in her friendships. She feels like she has joined so many groups looking for friendships, but they’ve never formed. I understand her frustration.  That was me many years … Continue reading

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Finding Balance: One Major One Minor

You are smart. You are talented. You will probably be asked to do lots of things. Work at Vacation Bible School. Serve as room mom. Coach the soccer team. Serve on the moms group leadership team.  Then you might throw … Continue reading

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Surviving The Stress of Moving

I remember when Mark and I packed up a U-Haul and moved our family from Indianapolis, Indiana to Lincoln, Illinois. We had a two-year-old and a six-week old. Two years later we moved our family from Lincoln, Illinois to Bloomington, … Continue reading

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It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

Donned in those fashionable surgical clothes, a cap over my hair, all jewelry removed, and a pen in hand to make an X over my right breast so the doctor is assured to work on the correct side, I face … Continue reading

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4 Gifts Every Mom Needs For Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is upon us and if you haven’t thought about what you are going to do for mom, you may be looking for gift ideas.  Jewelry, flowers, and cards are wonderful gifts for any mom to receive, but I’d … Continue reading

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A Change in Vocabulary

Over the past few years Mark and I have worked to change our eating. We now eat very little to no gluten, no refined sugar, and no additives or preservatives as much as possible. My friend and co-worker, Lori, has … Continue reading

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6,000 Moms In One Place!

I can’t wait! This Spring I’ll be hanging out with over 6,000 moms from 40 states at the National Hearts at Home conference in Peoria, Illinois! It is the premier event for moms and I’d love for you to join the fun! … Continue reading

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Who’s In Your Tribe?

One year after our first Hearts at Home conference, I found myself driving across town alone in my filthy minivan filled with carseats and the last five weeks of Sunday School papers. I was having a conversation with God about … Continue reading

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Progress Not Perfection

I started a “read the Bible in a year plan” on January 1.  I’ve always wanted to do that, and I decided 2016 would be the year. I did well the first 15 days of January.  Then I got behind … Continue reading

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Would You Send A Valentine To a Mom Who Needs It?

We’ve all been there, feeling overwhelmed, worn down, or just needing a break. Money is tight and “taking care of me” simply has no budget. That would have been me two years ago during my breast cancer journey. We were … Continue reading

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