Christmas can be wonderful and delightful and magical. It can also be the opposite of that: stressful, worrisome, and overwhelming. Today we started a 2-part series called Planning for Christmas, and the hope is that you'll hear some great practical tips, but that you are also encouraged to keep your eyes on Jesus, and not let the busyness or the stress of the season rob you from His joy.
We couldn’t think of a better guest for Part 1 of this series, The Queen of Christmas herself, Julie Urbina. Julie is my sister in law and we had her on last year for a wonderful Christmas episode. I encourage you to go back and listen to it! Julie is a mom to four, two girls and two boys, but she and her husband have fostered several other children as well.
On today's episode we talked about the nitty gritty of Christmas: financial planning, strategies, and practices. Julie has had some very frugal years, and so she knows what it's like to plan Christmas for a large family on a very...
While we as Christians acknowledge that our citizenship is in heaven, we can and do appreciate also being Americans and the sacrifices that the men and women have made that allow us to be free Americans.
Veteran’s Day is coming up and we wanted to feature Tanya Jones, who is not only a veteran herself, but is married to an active corpsmen, and her oldest son is in the Reserves. She and her husband are on the leadership board for our church’s scouting troop, Trail Life, and she is such a sweet friend of ours.
Tanya shared her personal story including the highs and lows of not only being a corpsman, but being married to an active duty corpsman. She also had some great words of encouragement for families who may be without a parent because they are serving our country.
She emphasized the great need for community and being plugged into a Bible-teaching church wherever you may find yourself living. No matter where you are as a mom, these things are a must! God has...
Disclaimer: today’s episode contains sensitive topics and so we recommend listening without children present.
Parenting in the digital world is tough work. It seems like we are always fighting an uphill battle, and the hill continues to get steeper and steeper. Access to the internet, and everything that exists in it, is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to teaching and protecting our children.
Today’s guest was Sean Clifford, father of four and founder and CEO of the digital parenting company Canopy. Canopy’s mission is to help parents teach their children how to interact with technology in a healthy way, and part of this is protecting their children from online pornography.
Sean shared with us 4 tips for better digital parenting:
1.) Protect your kids. You'd never let your child wander around with a stack of pornography in their hands. Putting an unprotected, unmonitored device in their hands is much worse, so it's essential and imperative that you...
Christmas is right around the corner and we are super excited + a little scared because it seems to come faster every year! It’s easy and natural for our children to make their lists, expect great presents under the tree, and be filled with so much anticipation about what they’re going to get. But it’s so important that we teach our children how to give—it definitely doesn’t come naturally to most kids!
On today’s episode we wanted to take a few minutes and highlight an organization that has been changing lives for years. Operation Christmas Child began in 1993 and since has served more than 188 million children in more than 170 countries. OCC isn’t just about giving gifts to children. The shoebox is really the doorway into people’s lives to share with them the love of Jesus.
Our church, plus many other churches and organizations around the US, have joined in on this mission year after year.Our guest for this episode is a part of...
Fall is officially here and we love all the changes that the season brings. One of the festivities the season brings is Halloween. This is an unofficial holiday that our culture has unfortunately taken and used to celebrate the dark and evil. While we don’t want this discussion to focus on that part of the season, we do want to acknowledge that it exists and that as moms we are raising our children amidst this culture.
On this episode we featured our good friend Kristin McCrary, who was actually the very first guest we had on Mom·ing--Episode 2! Kristin is homeschooling a boy and a girl, has been married for 18 years, she’s an art teacher, and she's a self proclaimed holiday-lover!
Kristin shared with us how putting Halloween in a box and telling our kids to not touch it or that it doesn't exist can actually prompt them to want it more. It is important that we have open and honest discussions with our kids about Halloween, what it can be used for,...
Mental health is an epidemic in our culture. From panic attacks and anxiety to depression and suicide, it’s obvious that people are in an unhealthy state when it comes to their mind.
Thankfully for us, the Bible is FULL of advice and hope when it comes to the topic of mental health. Today’s guest has been on a roller coaster of a journey herself in regards to this topic. Our friend Holly Nelson shared some of her story with us. Holly has been married for 23 years and has three grown children and 8 grandchildren. She teaches in our women’s ministry, runs a Biblical counseling practice, and is currently studying for her Masters in Christian Counseling.
Holly has coined one of our favorite phrases, "Think about what you think about,' and we love this for a few reasons. 1.) It's easy to remember! 2.) It reminds us that being aware of our thoughts is an intentional choice we make every day. 3.) If we choose to, we can actually stop the spiral of untrue...
It’s been said that life is just a series of choices, and while that is true, as believers in Christ we know that all things work together for our good and God’s glory when we live a life that is surrendered to Him.
But what about those times when we don’t make good choices? Sometimes the negative consequences of those choices can follow us for the rest of our lives, but yet again, with God, He makes everything beautiful in His time and restores the years that have seemingly gone to waste.
Our guest for this episode was Desiree Watson, mom to four children, 2 girls and 2 boys ages 3-18. She’s been married for 4 years and we were so thrilled to have her on the show today to talk about how God can redeem all things unto Himself.
Desiree shared her amazing story with us and shared Genesis 50:20 in which Joseph says to his brothers, "But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save...
YES! It's been one year since we started this podcast. Here are some of our stats:
The goals of Mom·ing is threefold: 1.) Create a platform for moms to share their stories and journeys, 2.) Create a show for other moms to listen to and be encouraged by other moms so they know they're not alone, and 3.) Create a platform to bring glory to God through parenting and share the love of Jesus with those who may not yet know Him.
The ABCs of the Gospel are a simple, childlike way to share the Gospel (or Good News) with others and to teach your children to do the same:
Admit you are a...
The teen years can be brutal. One minute you're raising a whining (but very cute) toddler and the next an immature mini-adult who longs for independence and freedom. Helping our teens realize that freedom comes with responsibility is the tricky part.
Not to mention all the lies our culture is constantly throwing at them. It can definitely feel like a losing, uphill battle.
Our guest Krissy Mattison is a mom to three adult children, and on this episode she focused on the key to raising teens: a healthy family unit. When Mom and Dad are submitted to the Lord and their marriage is on the right track, parenting falls under that in the order of God's design. It doesn't mean it's easy, but it's definitely right in God's economy.
Krissy also talked about setting the baseline standards in the home, but then praying for wisdom in the grey areas. Not every battle with your teen is the hill you need to die on. It is a natural part of life to let them begin to make their own choices...
There's a popular saying about the passage of time when parenting young children, "The days are long but the years are short." It's popular because it's absolutely true! The days and nights can seem like an endless loop of laundry, crying babies, whining toddlers, and not a. lot of sleep for Mom and Dad.
Our guest on todays episode, Marissa Kovach, is a mom to four children currently 2, 4, 6, and 8 years old. She definitely knows a lot about surviving the younger years! She reminded us to take lots of pictures and videos (even of the hard things) because it's over before you know it. Then (hopefully) you can look back and laugh!
While you're in the thick of it, though, it can seem like there will never be an end to the chaos. A couple of practical tips from Marissa: