Category: Motherhood

Trusting God - Infertility - Miscarriage - Adoption - Motherhood 3

Content in Him: Trusting God with My Dream of Motherhood

Note:  I wrote a different post for today but did not feel that it was the right time to share it.  Unsure what else to talk about, I kept coming back to this story of contentedness and trusting God.  I wrote this essay as a potential guest post for another blog.  It was ultimately rejected, but I have held onto it for the past few months.  If you’ve read my first three posts about my journey to...

Last minute Valentine's Day Ideas for Toddler - 10 frugal activities with bonus ideas for your husband! Great ways for Christian moms to share God's love with their children this Valentines day #raptmotherhood #valentinesday #toddlermom #Christianmom #christianparenting 1

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas for Toddlers – 10 Frugal Activities with Bonus Ideas for Your Husband

This is our first Valentine’s Day with our son!  We are planning on staying home since the holiday falls in the middle of the week this year.  Even though my son is young and we will be at home, I still want to make the holiday special.  Although it may just seem like another commercialized event, Valentine’s day is a great way to reflect God’s love to others.  Here are ten of my favorite Valentine’s...

How to Reflect God's Love to Your Children | Gospel based parenting | Demonstrate love to your kids | Show the love of Jesus as a mom 2

How to Reflect God’s Love to Your Children

When one of us is having a hard time demonstrating love, my husband or I will jokingly say, “bend it out!”  This catchy phase has been a part of our vocabulary since we were engaged. In preparing for marriage, we read the book This Momentary Marriage by John Piper.  Each week, we would discuss a chapter with our pastor and his wife.  One of the phrases used several times in chapter three is “bend it...

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Three Tips for the Introverted Mother Struggling to Maintain Her Sanity

I am an introverted mother who lives in one ditch or the other. Let me explain.  I have an all or nothing personality, so I either do something 100% (after analyzing it to death) or I just don’t do it at all.  You can see this firsthand when examining my homemaking struggles.  To me, cleaning means I have to go through and organize all the drawers, wipe down the inside of the cabinets (after taking...

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Potty Training, Control, and the Gospel

My son is 2, and we are in the midst of potty training! I’ve seen a lot of information online about potty training methods – the potty training in three days method has seemed the most popular, but I’m not 100% sure I can handle a naked toddler running around my house for 3 days!  Right now, we are just trying to go sit on the potty every hour or two.  If he goes, I...

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DIY Jesse Tree: Creating a Family Advent Tradition

What is a Jesse Tree? This is our first Christmas with our son (read about our journey to adoption by starting here), and I have been looking forward all year to creating family holiday traditions.  One particular tradition I wanted to start is using a Jesse Tree to tell the Christmas story.  For many people, telling the Christmas story each year means starting with Mary, the shepherds, or the manger, but the Jesse tree tells...

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How to Cultivate a Heart of Genuine Gratitude

Search Google or Pinterest and you will find several dozen articles telling you how to raise grateful kids.  To be fair, that is an important aspect of parenting, but I believe moms need to work on this as well.  If we want to know how to cultivate a heart of genuine gratitude in someone else, we must start with ourselves. Recently, my husband and I had a conversation discussing when and how to teach our son...

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Bored Stay at Home Mom: How to Enjoy Motherhood and Find Fulfillment in Christ

Are you a bored stay at home mom?  Why is being a mom not entertaining? I am a stay at home mom, so this post is written from that perspective.  I don’t doubt, however, that it applies to all mothers. After becoming a stay at home mother, I have found myself spending more and more time on my phone.   Why is this? Bored Stay at Home Mom   After much prayer and reading, I came...

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Becoming a Mother: Why I started Rapt Motherhood

If you haven’t read the three-part story of my journey to motherhood, I suggest you start here. I dreamed for years of being a mother, and, after we submitted our adoption application, I felt that my dreams were finally becoming a reality. The adoption process felt like a game of hurry up and wait – rushing to fill out and notarize the next stack of paperwork only to wait for a few months until the...

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Our Adoption Story: Tearing Down the Pregnancy Idol

Our Adoption Story is Part Three of my journey to motherhood.  Click here to read Part One and here to read Part Two. Deciding Whether to Pursue Infertility Treatments I purchased a book about infertility and read it while my husband and I accompanied our church’s collegiate group to National Collegiate Week.  During this time, the conference took place in the beautiful mountains of Glorietta, New Mexico, a perfect background for prayer and self-reflection. Side...