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My Children Are a Picture of Grace {Imperfect Moms Day 31}

I waddled down the hospital corridor with a confident grin on my face. I was 40 weeks and 3 days pregnant with a 9 1/2 pound baby and headed to the operating room for a c-section. This wasn’t the birth method I had chosen, it was chosen for me, but by this point I was…

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Priorities and Privilege {Imperfect Moms Day 30}

“Mom? I was just wondering…would you like to go out on a date sometime soon?” That was from my sweet young boy, who is growing up more and more every day. I can’t say my “little boy” anymore, as he already towers over me at the age of 12. But his heart is still young…

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See Jesus.  Savor Jesus. {Imperfect Moms Day 29}

    You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:3-4  Dear Imperfect Mom,  Today I want you to take off your mother hat.   I want to address you as a woman,…

Teaching Children to Obey {Guest Post on SAHMSG}
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Teaching Children to Obey {Guest Post on SAHMSG}

I’m very excited to announce that I have a monthly contributor post at my friend Jaimi’s blog, thestay-at-home-survivalguide.com! I’ll be posting a Christian parenting post once a month over there. This week, my post is about teaching children to obey. Please don’t get me wrong: I am in NO way saying that I have it…

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Overcoming the Working Mom Guilt {Imperfect Moms Day 28}

Over the past decade, my working status has changed quite a few times. I was a working woman when I got married, became a stay at home mom when my son was born, went back to work after a year or so, and then became a stay at home mom again! Eventually, I found options…

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Same Grace {Imperfect Moms Day 27}

It was a beautiful day at the lake. The sun was shining brightly, and the sky was clear of clouds. The water glistened like diamonds in the distance and gently lapped up against the shore, surrounding my ankles. My feet were buried in the cool, wet sand while I stood watching my baby girl play…

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Keeping It Real {Imperfect Moms Day 26}

Face it, we all want to “put our best foot forward” whether meeting someone for the first time, on Sundays mornings at church and of course, on social media like Facebook. But, the fact is, our lives are far from perfect because we are not perfect and neither are our children. This can especially be…

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A Letter to My Younger Self {Imperfect Moms Day 25}

    Hi Everyone! I’m CeeCee James, author, blogger, wife to an awesome guy, and mother of four children. I have a secret to share with you all: My mom superpower was feeling guilty. As I raised my kids, I always saw how I could have/should have done it better. But now most of my kids are…

The Biggest Story :: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden {Book Review}
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The Biggest Story :: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden {Book Review}

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”) :: Opinions are 100% our own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. We did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this honest review and post. About the Book: Hardcover: 132 pages Publisher:…

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Lessons for “Those Days” {Imperfect Moms Day 24}

    I think we’ve all had those days when we just absolutely don’t want to be a mom. It may be because we have spent the day cleaning up messes, dealing with tantrums, and trying to teach obedience. It may be simply because we are tired and don’t want to play or talk or…

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Learning to Trust the Lord with Your Children {Imperfect Moms Day 23}

    When I was a girl of 12 all I dreamed about being when I grew up was Mama. I was the kid who was always willing, and probably more demanding than I should have been, to take a baby off its mama’s hands. I loved how they smelled, how they felt all snuggled…

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Terrible Mother {Imperfect Moms Day 22}

    I am a terrible mother. Odds are, so are you. The other night my husband and I were in the family room, and I was complaining about having to tell our daughter to do the dishes approximately 6,352 times before she sighed with disgust and began plunging the dishes into the now-lukewarm water….

When They Take Flight {Imperfect Moms Day 21}
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When They Take Flight {Imperfect Moms Day 21}

Between doing loads of laundry, checking off that college packing list and swiping at unbidden tears, I popped the disc from the top of my music stack into the CD player and was transported back 40 years to my one and only year in college. “You just call out my name, and you know where…

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When the Imperfect Mom Finally Loves Herself {Imperfect Moms Day 20}

    When I started to write this article, I was full of negativity. I hated myself. I disliked how I thought I was being treated by my husband, that my kids were not listening, and I just was down in a deep root of depression. So low, that the swirl of negativity and the…

If Today is Boring, Read This {Imperfect Moms Day 19}
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If Today is Boring, Read This {Imperfect Moms Day 19}

Is today boring? Are things routine and mundane — monotonous, even? Life has plenty of excitement for any parent, both positive and negative, but in between are row upon row of those routine, remind-me-why-I’m-doing-this-again days. This morning during my devotion time I read from Exodus 13, which is copied below. The backstory here is that God’s…

With Apologies to My First-Born: What We Did, and What We Should Have Done Instead {Imperfect Moms Day 18}
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With Apologies to My First-Born: What We Did, and What We Should Have Done Instead {Imperfect Moms Day 18}

Dear Daughter #1, I’m sorry. I really am. I’m sure you have noticed that your father and I do not exactly know what we’re doing. That we figure everything out on you, our lovely, gracious guinea pig. You see, you are our learner child. We’re feeling our way along, using you as our test case. We…

The Unmaking by Nichole Nordeman {Music Review}
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The Unmaking by Nichole Nordeman {Music Review}

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): The following is a review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. If you follow Christian…

The Ride of Our Lives {Imperfect Moms Day 16}
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The Ride of Our Lives {Imperfect Moms Day 16}

My confession: I am the controlling mom. At least, I try to be. I am not a Tiger Mother, exactly. I am not standing over my children with a ruler while they practice piano. I just try to plan every single detail of the lives of my children in the future. I have picked out…

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I’m Doing What I’ve Always Wanted to Do, But…{Imperfect Moms Day 15}

    I remember growing up in a rural area, homesteading before it was the thing to do. Back then it wasn’t put forth as a fun and fantastic way to live—it was how we survived. Growing our meat, raising our vegetables, was how we survived on my father’s disability checks from injuries in WWII….

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Called Blessed and Being Praised {Imperfect Moms Day 14}

    “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her” Proverbs 31:28. If I listed all of the bad parenting I have done over the years, you would probably be reading this article for so long nothing in your homes would get done. It hurts my heart to even…

4 Perfect Ways God Shows Us How to Love Our Children {Imperfect Moms Day 13}
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4 Perfect Ways God Shows Us How to Love Our Children {Imperfect Moms Day 13}

I’m an imperfect mom in need of heaps of grace. There are many ways this is true and many confessions I could make, but as I was thinking about writing a post for this Imperfect Mom Confessional series, I thought I’d go straight to the source and find out what my eleven-year-old son thought. At…

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Perfectly Perfect Imperfection {Imperfect Moms Day 11}

I’ve been accused of being perfect. No, not of perfectionism. I’m almost an anti-perfectionist, if there is such a thing. Perfect. Can you imagine someone actually thinking you are perfect? I was dumbfounded. On top of that, it was an ACCUSATION. I quickly said, “No, I’m definitely NOT perfect. What I’m trying to say is…”…

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Let them Eat Dirt {Imperfect Moms Day 10}

Last night as I was getting dinner ready, my 19 month old toddled in to the kitchen from outside where she’d been playing with her older siblings, grinning from ear to ear with dirt smudged all across her mouth. I paused for a moment, deciding what to do, shrugged, and kept making supper as an,…