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Your Not-So-Empty Nest 
by Karen Wolff
So the day has finally come.....your last child has gone to college or moved out of your home. Here you are, alone with your husband for the first time in many years. So now what? <more...>

The Importance of Friendships
by Dionna Sanchez
No one quite understands our emotions and feelings like a girlfriend. And once we're married with families, we lose that valuable "friendship time". It may be that it's that sense of loss sometimes that makes us feel lonely on an otherwise cheery day.  <more...>

Making Peace With Your Mom 
by H. Norman Wright with Sheryl Wright Macauley
"Tell me about your mother." Doris gave me a puzzled expression when I made the request. She was a middle-aged career woman holding a management-level position. "What does my mother have to do with why I'm here?" she replied. "I came for counseling because of the difficulties I'm having at work. My mother lives three thousand miles away." <more...>

What Your Daughter Isn't Telling You 
by Susie Shellenberger and Kathy Gowler
Many moms feel as though their teen daughters are shutting them out, and they don't understand why. The little girl who used to tell her everything is now quiet and distant. The relationship that used to be close is now strained. What happened?  <more...>

Author Interview - Mommy Come Home
The New Trend to Tradition: Bringing Up Your Own
by Lisa M. Hendey
In her new book Mommy Come Home, author Sandra Gillmore strongly advocates the role of “full-time motherhood”. Some may disagree with the book’s premise that mother should eschew career and stay home with children (in lieu of day care or even dad or a relative providing in home care). <more...>

Enjoying Time
by Stephanie Romero
Many women dread the holiday season simply because they go into it with a plate so full there is no room for the turkey! Before Thanksgiving has even arrived, they are filling their plates with plans to entertain the entire family and some friends, decorate the house for Christmas, make everyone’s gifts to save money, bake 20 dozens of cookies, volunteer at the local shelter, run the Christmas pageant…you get the idea.
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Budgeting Your Time
by Susie Glennan
Keep a list of the things you need to accomplish and prioritize them. This should include work from your job, volunteering, and family obligations.   <more...>

Here For You: 
Creating a Mother-Daughter Bond That Lasts a Lifetime
by Susie Shellenberger & Kathy Gowler
It was over a booth of Italian food in Pueblo, Colorado, that I (Susie) had the privilege of talking with Brooke and Chrissy—both eighteen years old and in the middle of their senior year in high school. We talked about teen girls and their relationships with Mom. <more...>

Mommy Time Outs
by Alyice Edrich
Mommy Time Outs
Do you feel tired, beaten and worn down? 
Maybe you need a time out...  <more...>

Interview with Elisa Morgan, 
President of MOPS International 
and Author of NAKED FRUIT 

By Lisa M. Hendey 
As a busy wife responsible for the care and nurturing of so many lives outside my own, it's nice to be reminded that it's "God's job" to hand the "fruit production" in my life - to bestow upon me the fruit of the Spirit. Most days I'm just busy ensuring that four sets of teeth get <more...>

Do I Have to? Getting the Job Done!
by Colleen Langenfeld
But I don't want to!  <more...>

Raising Godly Kids ... Sharing Your Faith 
by Karen Wolff
Where is that instruction manual on raising kids? You know, the one the hospital gives you just before you leave with your new baby? Well, you can dream, can't you? <more...>

Getting Your Priorities Straight
by Erika of This Christian Wahm
Before my feet hit the floor, I’m thinking of all the chores before me that day. Have to get the laundry done, unload the dishwasher, make the beds, feed the kids, get them dressed and situated. <more...>

Million Dollar Gift Giving
by Nancy Twigg
So you just barely survived Christmas and Valentine’s Day, and now Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are right around the corner. Every time you turn around, it seems that another gift-giving occasion is looming on the horizon. <more...>

Returning To College Is A Family Affair
by Theresa V. Wilson
The level and quality of family input and support are often ignored when planning a return to college. Even with money and learning confidence, family backing and emotional support are primary ingredients to success. This article provides points to consider before embarking on any college bound venture. Don’t let your initial feelings of self doubt persuade you to change your mind before you begin. These points are meant to encourage you to <more...>

15 Ways to Nurture the Nurturer
by Christine Louise Hohlbaum
Mom! I want juice! Dad, I’m hungry! Where are my favorite socks? Who touched my toys? Hey, he just hit me! No, you started it…

Has your day ever begun this way? Then, you are not alone. We parents endure a myriad of stress, juggling career and family, and balancing the moods of our loved ones like a circus plate spinner. It is no wonder that we need a little solace from our day-to-day lives every now and then. Enter the comfort zone with the following suggestions to care for the caretaker <more...>

Men and Image
by Dionna Sanchez
There has been a lot of discussion about how the media influences women and their self esteem; as well as their image of themselves. But there has not been too much (if any) attention paid to the affect our society and the media has on the men in our lives. And don't be mistaken - their IS an affect on them! <more...>

One-Minute Wake-ups
by Susie Michelle Cortright
We all get frazzled. We all get overwhelmed and snappy. 
And we all need to re-center before we share that feeling with the rest of the world.  <more...>

Success, Stress, and Happiness
by Dionna Sanchez 
Recently I have come to some conclusions about my life and the changes I want to make in it. I had slowly been heading toward these changes within the past year, but it took some time away from it all to truly get serious about implementing them. <more...>

Eight Ways to be a Better Friend
by Susie Michelle Cortright
Being a good friend is a skill we can learn and improve upon. Here, eight ways to be a better friend.  <more...>

Capture Time
by Dionna Sanchez
It seems like everybody is always complaining about how busy they are these days. Time is rushing by faster than we can think and our kids are becoming adults before our very eyes.  We can continue to complain and fill our days with frantic rushing about… or we can make the conscious effort to stop and capture time more often. <more...>

10 Reasons Why You Need to Ditch the Super Mom Syndrome
by Peggy Porter
For any of you Moms out there that are doing it all, attempting to gain Super Mom status, let me give you my own personal opinion…It’s not worth it!!!
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Ways to Grow in Your Faith
by Dionna Sanchez 
There are many times when women feel like they have gotten off-track in their walk with the Lord. They desire to grow in their faith but are unsure of how to do that. So, I thought that I would share some of the things that help me stay on track in my Christian walk with the Lord and/or things that help me get back on track when I'm feeling a bit out of focus or desiring to draw closer to the Lord again. <more...>

Lone Wolf
by Dionna Sanchez
What do you do when someone you care about is hurting? It is hard to stand by sometimes when you see someone being wronged by others and they are wounded by the actions of another. Even greater - when this individual could use the support, love, care, and encouragement of others but they remain isolated in their own pain. <more...>

What is our Problem with "Submit?"
By Dionna Sanchez 
I think a lot of wives cringe when people refer to this verse in the Bible and I'm not sure why. The only reason I can think of is that they are afraid this means they are to be like a doormat to their spouse; to allow him to walk all over their needs, desires, and wishes. <more...>

Pieces of Time and Pivotal Moments
by Patricia Gatto 
Life is comprised of pieces of time sprinkled with pivotal moments. Sometimes these moments have immediate impact. Other times, they are slow to manifest and reveal their importance. But if you listen closely to the soft whispers of life, they will guide you on an unexpected journey filled with beauty, understanding and fulfillment. One such moment occurred for me about eight years ago. <more...>

Chain Reaction
By Dionna Sanchez 
Ok - so you've had a bad day. It's very hard to shake off sometimes isn't it? You let it build up, one thing goes wrong and then it tends to have a domino effect on everything else you encounter throughout your day. <more...>

Five Tips to Become a Stay-At-Home Parent
by Leslie Truex
American two-income families earn 75 percent more than their single-income counterparts of a generation ago, but actually have less discretionary income according to Elizabeth Warren and Amelai Tyagi in their book The Two Income Trap. <more...>

Alternative Dining
by Dionna Sanchez
Our children are always ready for us to add some fun to normal, everyday events. When we do, most of us find that we were ready to be spiced up as well!  <more...>

A Proverbs Woman?
by Sherri Bailey
Can I Ever Really Be a Proverbs Woman? 
Most Christian women are familiar with the last book of Proverbs, often referred to as, "The Proverbs Woman". If you haven't read chapter 31: 10-31, grab your Bible and read what King Lemuel had to say about what defines a virtuous woman. She's a pretty impressive lady, huh? <more...>

Stress-Free Kids Party Planning
by Patricia B. Jensen
Another birthday's on the horizon, and you're stressing over every little detail. Throwing a party can be nerve-wracking and kids parties come with added pressures. <more...>

Raising Boys as Gentlemen
by Dionna Sanchez
You know one of the first things that stood out when I was dating my husband? He opened doors for me. I was surprised but delighted because I see so little of that these days.  <more...>

Sundays:  Getting it Together for Church
by Susan Perovich
As I awake every Sunday morning I look forward to spending time in Church with my family. Getting them there in one piece and in a worshipping mood can be a task. <more...>

Baby Names - Trendy or Traditional ?
by Barbara Freedman-De Vito
Lists of baby names are always fun to look at, whether you're seeking a name for your soon-to-be-born baby boy, or baby girl, wondering about the popularity of your own first name, or just curious about what baby names are currently hot. <more...>

What It Means To Be Beautiful 
By Dionna Sanchez
I love being a mom. There is nothing more pure in heart than the love between a mother and her children.<more...>

Can You Afford To Stay Home?
by Sharon Davis
A few years ago, after the birth of our second child, my 
husband and I were trying to decide whether or not it would be possible for me to stay home.  <more...>

Take the Day Off
by Colleen Langenfeld
Are you tired yet?  Really, really tired? Most modern moms know what it means to be really tired. And most don't know what a 'weekend' looks like. You know. That interesting idea where you get two days off of work each week to rejuvenate. Rest and refresh. <more...>

The Authentic Woman
by Dionna Sanchez 
I sometimes feel the need to be "superwoman." I'm not sure why. I know that no one has it all together all of the time...yet I feel I must. <more...>

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls from Scratch 
(in 2 hours or less!)
by LeAnn R. Ralph
If I've heard it once, I've heard it a dozen times: "Make homemade cinnamon rolls? From scratch? Are you crazy? That takes all day!"  <more...>

Living From Within
by Marie Magdala Roker
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do." -Eleanor Roosevelt  <more...>

Piggy Piggy, Huff and Puff
by Christine Louise Hohlbaum
As I grow older, I have come to believe that the Three Little Pigs were not indeed swine that pranced through the forest avoiding the Big Bad Wolf. They did not play the fiddle, flute, and drum. Peering into the mirror and plucking away at my facial hairs with a pair of tweezers, I am convinced that the Three Little Pigs were actually stay-at-home moms in their mid-thirties.  <more...>

Home is Sanctuary!
by Colleen Langenfeld
Is your home a sanctuary? A genuine port-in-the-storm kind of place?  <more...>

Patchwork Fabric-Covered Gift Box
by Rachel Paxton
Patchwork fabric-covered gift boxes are an easy, affordable way to dress up any gift package. They're also great for storage.  Total preparation and assembly time for this project is approximately 2-3 hours, depending on the size of the shoe box.  <more...>

Scuttle the Scuttlebutt:
Handling Gossip in Your Organization

by Carren W. Joye
It’s called idle talk, hearsay, grapevine, scuttlebutt, rumor, dirt, slander, scandal. Have you heard the scoop or the latest? By any name, it’s still gossip, and it’s all ugly. It’s easy for gossip to get started in an organization, and even harder to stop it. Once gossip starts, it quickly destroys group morale and damages friendships and reputations. If gossip threatens your organization, try these strategies to get your group back on track.  <more...>

Let's Celebrate National Women's History Month
by Susan Dunn
March is National Women's History Month and this year's theme is "Women Change America." During this month, we acknowledge and honor the role American women have played in our history, with their influence in culture, politics, the family, religion, art, science, education -- in every facet of our lives. <more...>

A Lesson in Family History
by Rachel Paxton
Several years ago I attended my grandfather's funeral. Living into his late eighties, my grandfather had lived a long, eventful life, first with my father's mother who died after more than 40 years of marriage, and then with his second wife, whom he shared his life with for more than 20 years until he died. When my grandfather died, his wife, who is now in a nursing home, forever said goodbye to her third husband and my grandfather was buried next to his first wife, the mother of his four children, in the small farming community where their children had been born and raised.  <more...>

Wives on Their Knees
by Dionna Sanchez
I want to be the best wife I can be. Of course I make mistakes and get busy just like everyone else. There are times where I feel so helpless because I want to help alleviate stresses, pressures and demands that my husband endures as well. It is during these times that I am so blessed to have a prayer support system. <more...>

Good Company and Good Food: Starting a Dinner Club
by Carren W. Joye
Dinner clubs, also known as supper clubs or gourmet clubs, can be so much fun! Not only do you spend a child-free evening with good friends, but you also get a great meal for less than it would cost to go out. <more...>

Praying For Your Husband
by Dionna Sanchez
If you believe you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. Matthew 21:22 

I don't want to take my husband for granted. I want to embrace and enjoy my time with him. I want to see delight in his face as I strive to please him within our home, within my personal walk with Christ, and as a mother to our children. I know he values me more, when I show him I value us, our home and our life.  <more...>

EASY! Homemade Breadsticks
by LeAnn R. Ralph
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Six Easy Ways to Eat More Healthfully
by Kim Beardsmore
With so much 'diet advice' around today it is little wonder if you feel somewhat confused. Whether you are wanting to lose weight, maintain your weight or help your family eat more healthfully....these six, simple ideas will help you to eat more healthfully. <more...>

Sneaky Me Time
by Tracy Lyn Moland
Me Time – have you heard of it? We hear of it all the time on TV or in articles. It is time alone and it is wonderful. Ideally, we should have about one hour a day of Me Time. But, let’s be totally realistic, as a Mother, there will be times when Me Time is impossible to find, much less schedule. Of course, these will be days when we are desperate for it, so I say, “Let’s be sneaky!” See if you can try a version of one of the suggestions below to sneak in some Me Time. <more...>

Time Management For Mom's 
by Kara Kelso
The dishes need done, the laundry is piling up, diapers need changing, children need feed, and it's up to you to get it all done. How will you ever get everything done and keep you sanity? Here are a few tips to help you relax a little... <more...>

Anna Jarvis - Founder of Mother's Day
by Patricia R. Chadwick
Anna Marie Jarvis was born in Webster, West Virginia on May 1, 1864. According to historical records, at an early age, Anna heard her mother express hope that a memorial would be established for all mothers, living and  <more...>

A Child Can Make a Difference
by Rachel Paxton
Sometimes dreams really can come true! May 8th - 11th, 2000, my daughter and I traveled to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, because of a dream my daughter, Amanda, has to make a difference in this world. Amanda (then a 6th grader) entered McDonald's Millennium Dreamer contest and told them about her contributions to the humane society and her dream of making the world a better place for animals. Amanda's dream is to help homeless pets find homes, and she makes this dream a reality by writing a newsletter and donating all her profits to the humane society.  <more...>

Top 20 Items to Pack in a Diaper Bag
by Danielle Hollister
1. Diapers (5 -7 is a fairly safe supply).  <more...>

What's So Special About Cinnamon?
by Laura Bankston
I don't know about you, but just the smell of cinnamon makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over.  My favorite cookies to make is Snickerdoodles because I just LOVE the smell of them baking. There's just something warm and delicious about it. <more...>

Helping a Friend Through a Miscarriage
by Patty Hone
When you have a friend that has had a miscarriage there is a lot you can do to help her. Many times we are afraid to say anything because we don’t want to say the wrong thing but not saying anything at all can be just as bad. So what should you say and what shouldn’t you say. <more...>

I'm Happy Being a Pillow
by Erika of This Christian Wahm
Sometimes things don't always go the way we had planned. I can remember trying to learn how to crochet when I was younger. After a while, I got the hang of how to crochet a simple chain. So, I decided to go ahead and make a throw for the back of my grandmother's couch. <more...>

Procrastinate Properly
by Tracy Lyn Moland, Author of Mom Management, Managing Mom Before Everybody Else
Procrastination is an excellent way to waste time. It is a great way to really give a project attention – far too much attention. At times, we are all excellent procrastinators but we need to learn to prevent this habit. The most important thing we can do is figure out why we are procrastinating. Once we have determined the why, we may know how to solve the problem. We can then just get going and get the job done. Or we can decide that we don’t really need to do it and remove it from our To Do list. <more...>

Easy-Cheesy Casserole
by LeAnn R. Ralph
I have always loved mac-n-cheese, and this variation is one of my favorites!  <more...>

Easy Spaghetti Recipes
by Rachel Paxton
Spaghetti has always been a favorite family meal. My teenage daughter will eat leftover spaghetti for breakfast, lunch, and as a mid-afternoon snack. Not everyone loves spaghetti so much that they will go to that extreme, however, and the same meals can getting boring after awhile. Here are some ways to jazz up this old favorite: <more...>

Wedding Planning: 
Involve your Fiancé in 10 Easy Steps
by Blake Kritzberg
He's popped the question. You've chosen a date. And now, you're swimming in a sea of euphoria with no horizons. Good thing, too, because there are literally a thousand things to arrange before the big day. <more...>

“Real” Fathers Day Gifts for Dads 
by Mark Brandenburg MA, CPCC 
Fathers are becoming more involved in their families today. They have a deep desire to connect emotionally with their families. However, they often lack the skills to do so. Here are ten “gift ideas” for Father’s Day to help the father in your life to relax, enjoy, and to connect with other loved ones: <more...>

My Children The Chefs
by Alyice Edrich
My 13-year-old son is finally showing an interest in cooking and can you believe he cooks better than me?! The other night we were giving him a hard time because  <more...>

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