Posts by Amy

A Prayer for All Parents at the End of the School Year

Dear Lord Deliver us from halfhearted lunch-packing and complete lack of backpack checking. Please see us through the nights when the sun is up later than our kids and yet they have to go to bed because the bus is inexplicably still arriving to pick them up each morning. Please carry us through the endless…

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The Reality (and Beauty) of Love When Kids Come Between You

Sam: What are you guys doing? Wait…I’m missing out on the hugging? Let me in there! As he runs across the room and jumps in, I realize this moment perfectly sums up love during the years of parenting So often the kids come right in between us. A date night that never happens because someone…

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I Think About It Everyday

I think about it every day. When I drop my kids off at school and watch them walk into the building, I wonder if today will be the day I should have kept them home. If I’ll say “If only they had been sick or had taken different classes or had a different lunch.” When…

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Why I Refuse to Be Defined by What’s Left Undone

It’s the end of the day. 3 1/2 out of 5 tuck-ins complete. And then I see this at the bottom of the stairs and I’m weary in my bones. Too weary to put it all away. And I know this will be what is left undone today. Yes the kids should have taken care…

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A Letter to My Children About Their Attempts To Clean

Dear Children who just “finished cleaning”, Let me be clear about one thing. I see that you are trying, I really do. But oh my word I feel like making you all eye appointments after looking at the results of your last attempt at cleaning your rooms. I really shouldn’t have to remind you that…

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Lessons From a Remodel… A Wrap Up

OK friends. Jen Hatmaker’s people never called us for the next season of My Big Family Remodel (seriously, how could they not?!?) But since our kitchen remodel has drawn to a close without my own show, I’ll have to settle for sharing a few lessons we learned here instead. First lesson, good people make everything…

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New Parents, You Can’t Possibly Know

New parents…you can’t possibly know. I just found this picture behind another photo in a frame and I’ve unearthed a memory. I see young me about 3 weeks into my mom journey and I couldn’t possibly have known. In fact I’m glad I didn’t. I was working so hard and was so consumed with figuring…

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10 Must Read Books for Every Family

I am a big believer in the family read aloud. You can read a quick chapter after dinner, before bed or even in the morning before school if your people are more organized than mine. The best thing about reading to your kids for me is that brings your family JOY through a shared experience…

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