Baby Stories

Hear the funny and heartwarming stories of raising babies from some moms who aren't afraid to share! These stories may make you laugh or cry or both…and you may just find a useful tip or two.

The Magical Generosity of Strangers

Traveling during the holidays can no doubt be trying. But during our most recent flight for Thanksgiving, we got to see the magical generosity of complete strangers.

3 Simple Chores for Little Ones

Having children really increases the workload around the house. All of a sudden, there is more laundry to be washed, dishes to be cleaned, and toys everywhere. It can be overwhelming for parents. It’s difficult to keep up with all the chores — but the good news is that once kids get to a certain age, they can (and many argue that they should) start helping out around the house.

So when is the appropriate age to start chores? This can be difficult to answer and may vary from child to child, but I think children can start handling simple chores even at one year old.

If you’re looking for ideas on how to get started, consider these three chores:

The Magic of Meeting a New Family Member

Two weeks ago exactly, my brand-new nephew entered this world for the first time. 

I have to admit that although I have four kids myself, there is something so special about becoming an aunt. When my sister-in-law and brother-in-law first shared their pregnancy news with my niece two years ago, I held back tears. I was just so excited to meet a new member of our family.

Why I'm Grateful for My In-Laws

I feel so fortunate that my husband’s parents and siblings are such wonderful people, especially after some of the stories I hear from friends about their strained relationships with in-laws. And thank goodness they are, as we now live 10 miles from Chris’ parents in a small town in Arkansas.

It is such a blessing having them so close. My boys absolutely love going to “grandma and grandpa’s house” and spending time with their 1-year-old cousin Phoenix. And we finally have people to babysit our little guys so we can have date night!

Savoring the Moment Between Sleep and Awake

“You know the place between sleep and awake? The place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you… That’s where I’ll be waiting.”- Tinker Bell, Peter Pan

My kids have always had sleep issues. I don’t have the kind of babies who drift easily off to sleep. I have the kind of babies that you have to rock and nurse and hold and maybe, just maybe, if I’m very careful, I can place them in the crib and tip-toe backwards out of the room before they wake up.

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