The Easiest Way to Find God’s Will For Your Family

When I first started following God I assumed that “His will” involved finding a career or ministry that was right for me, and then pursuing that with everything in me. The thing was, God brought many different areas of serving others into my life: writing books, speaking, volunteering in a pregnancy center, and mentoring teen moms to name a few. All these things involved loving others with what I had. At the same time I was serving others, I was {Read More}

How To Get Things Done Even When You Can’t Clone Yourself

I looked at my friend’s to-do list that she posted on Instagram. “No wonder I’m cracking!” she posted. “I need a clone.” I cringed as I looked at her list. It was long. I also cringed because I remember the feelings that huge of a to-do list brought on. The feeling that I was always behind. The feeling that I was a failure because I couldn’t keep up. And it seemed the more I focused on all the ways I {Read More}

9 Perfect Easter Books for Your Little Ones

  Easter is next week! Below I share 9 sweet Easter books to add to your little one’s Easter basket! 9 Perfect Easter Books for Your Little Ones Found | Sally Lloyd-Jones: From the bestselling The Jesus Storybook Bible, with over two million products sold, comes Found based on Psalm 23. Written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago, little ones will fall in love with this padded cover board book that reminds them of God’s Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, {Read More}

Why It’s OK To Label Our Kids

We’ve all heard it said that it’s important not to label our children. “She’s the shy one.” “He’s the trouble maker.” “If she’s this moody now she’s going to be big trouble by the time she’s a teen.” As a mom of ten, I learned personally that this type of labeling does not benefit our children. Up until my daughter, Leslie, was four-years-old I thought she was shy. She always hid behind me when we were around new people, and {Read More}

Ask Tricia | Adoption

I get asked questions all the time. As a wife of twenty-six years, a mom of ten—seven having been adopted, a homeschooler and a writer of over 60 books people want to know how my life works. Here is one of those questions and my short answer. More to come in the coming weeks! My husband and I are considering adopting, we’d like to know which type of adoption have you liked the most? —Elaine Congratulations! Adoption is an amazing {Read More}

How To Write Your Own Family Christmas Prayer {Plus FREE Printable!}

Christmas means twinkling lights and sparkling snowflakes. It also means time with family and remembering God’s gift of love. Christmas can also represent a time of prayer for children. One sweet book that has taught my children about prayer is A Very Merry Christmas Prayer by Bonnie Jensen. And while it’s wonderful for my children to read about prayer, it’s even more important that they learn how to pray. I decided this year I’d like my kids to write our {Read More}

How to Find More Joy This Christmas

Does the thought of Christmas stress you out? Are you more focused on your to-do list than the true meaning of the season? Do you stay up at night worrying about how you’re going to do it all? I spent many years doing exactly like that. The thought of Christmas brought dread, not joy. Then one year I decided to make a change. What’s the use of spending hours baking when I was cranky with my family? What was the {Read More}

Teaching Your Children How to Pray + Printable & Giveaway {by Melissa Spoelstra}

“Lord, I just thank you for this wonderful day today, and I pray we’d have a wonderful day tomorrow. Amen.” This typical bedtime prayer was repeated often when I tucked my children into bed at night. After several nights in a row, I asked them if they had anything else they wanted to talk to God about. If I made suggestions, they were very open to adding them, but rarely initiated deeper conversation with their Maker. I contemplated that perhaps {Read More}

How to Balance Growing Your Dreams While Tending Your Kids

Dreams Do you have dreams and talents that you’d like to see develop? Have you always wanted to write a book, or host radio show, or run your own business but you are waiting until “after”? After the kids start school. After the youngest graduates. After life slows down. Dreams fulfilled all start with seeds, and they only grow when planted. When I was 22-years-old, I decided I wanted to become a published author. The desire was there and the {Read More}

3 Ways to Raise an Uncommon Kid by Sami Cone {+ giveaway}

Let’s face it, most kids want to blend in. They don’t want to stand out, be noticed, or get called on. And as they get older, the peer-pressure to conform only gets stronger. So how is it possible in today’s culture to be uncommon? To stand up for what is right? To champion others? It’s not easy. And if it’s difficult for us, it’s even harder for our kids. So don’t turn away when I tell you that the key {Read More}

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