Christian Working Moms Should Stop Apologizing

Christian Working Moms Should Stop Apologizing

Hi, I’m Melanie, and I’m a Christian, working mom… and I think it’s about time I stop apologizing for it. For many years, I’ve felt the need to somehow justify my 9-to-5, especially within the Christian community. When asked what I do, I often responded with “I’m a software developer.” But instead of leaving my answer at that, I’ve felt the need to somehow apologize it away — with a...

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The One (Beautiful) Thing No One Tells You About Motherhood

The One (Beautiful) Thing No One Tells You About Motherhood

Sleep when the baby sleeps… Enjoy each moment because they pass quickly… Teach your children the value of hard work… These are all great pieces of advice that I received as a new mommy. Even before I held my sons for the first time, I had tucked away little nuggets of gold — mothering advice from those who have walked this trail before me. I watched them, learned from them, and emulated these mothers. But there was one...

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Shadows, Stress, Survival… and other ramblings

For some reason, I keep thinking about the shadows. Those hot summer nights were many years ago, in a time of lightening bugs captured in glass jars, open windows, no air conditioning, and sleepovers with friends. One of our favorite games was making shadows with our hands and letting the light from my little white and pink lamp cast shadows across the wood-paneled wall. My friends and I would take turns facing the wall with the light to our...

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The Cancer I Walked Away From…

At first, I called it curiosity. After all, I had always secretly wanted to be a private investigator after reading one too many mystery novels. Looking up certain people on Facebook, I even reasoned to myself, was done out of my concern for them. However, this curiosity soon made a dangerous turn down a path leading to the comparison trap. Facebook photos of perfect white smiles, exotic vacations, an amazing wardrobe, and flawless skin made me...

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You Will Never Guess What My Name Means {and how it has shaped my life}

You Will Never Guess What My Name Means {and how it has shaped my life}

Did you know that today is “Fun Facts about Names Day”? This is a holiday that is new to me, but it sounded like fun so I thought I would jump in…. and you will never guess what my name means! Fun Facts About Names Day encourages you to learn about the historical meanings and influences behind your name and the names of your friends and families. Uncover historical and religious influences, who you were named after, and see...

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How to Deal with Difficult People {growing pains}

How to Deal with Difficult People {growing pains}

I think it was 1:45 in the morning when the answer finally came to me. I knelt by my son’s bed and rubbed his legs as we waited for the medicine to relieve his pain. Growing pains. For some reason they seem to be worse at night, when all is dark, and we desperately crave crest. I had been craving rest… and peace… and understanding… and direction. For reasons outside of my understanding, God has placed a couple people in...

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