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Making Something Beautiful

Making Something Beautiful

It’s late. I just finished washing my face, ready to crawl into bed and something caught my eye. Hanging on the wall in my bathroom, is a framed picture (the one you see above: not a great picture of a picture…but I tried!) that I recently unpacked and hung up...
Morning Manna

Morning Manna

Recently my boys and I were driving back to Memphis across the state of Mississippi, in the midst of mostly eighteen wheelers on miles and miles of flat highways. As happened once before, a rock hit my windshield. (I think my van windshield attracts rocks!) At the...
Mom, is this YOU Today?

Mom, is this YOU Today?

Pandemic life. It’s been interesting and although not very socially active, things have been plenty active at home for us moms! Some days may be all sunshine and relaxation—picnics outside, sleeping in late with no carpool lines to make, cuddling on the couch in PJs...
CREATEing an Environment of Discipline & Love

CREATEing an Environment of Discipline & Love

Basketball. Captain America. Apple juice.  These three things are in high demand at the Allen house.  Jake is 5 now going on 15.  His maturity, memory and vocabulary shock me some days…how can he be so small but retain and remember so much? He is teaching me...
Turning Off the Noise to Listen

Turning Off the Noise to Listen

Sometimes when it’s been one of those days–you know the kind I’m talking about–it’s just easier (and definitely more peaceful) to have technology babysit my kids. Cell phones, tablets, internet TV and gaming systems are available all over our homes and on...
When You’re Up Late…

When You’re Up Late…

It’s late. Or some might say early.  About 2 o’clock in the morning. My 4 year old is up calling for me. He has gone “tee tee” in the bed. I get up (not super willingly) to go change sheets and calm one very upset little boy down and tell...