Belly-button Business

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A little secret- I have an indie bellybutton.

It sorta does it’s own things, has it’s own vibe. One day it’s poking out, the next day’s it’s hiding. It’s a bit of a free bird, an artsy belly button if you will.

Things settle and shift and drop differently after one child, then two. My bellybutton is evidence of what used to behave and now has a mind of it’s own. You get the point.

“I Don’t Believe in God”

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Conversations with our sons have been getting pretty interesting over here, too good not to share. If you’re in need of a laugh, head-tilt thought, or trip down childhood question memory lane, I’m starting a blog series surrounding TANNER Talks and TY Talks every week or so. Crawling into the minds of 3 and 5 year old boys is scary enough, but I invite you to journey with me, to pull up a chair and join our family, maybe offer some perspective, some Kleenex, some shared giggles, as I fumble to make sense of their honest questions.

Let’s just jump right in, shall we?

Quality Time with a Son

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For his 5th birthday, we gifted Tanner a day to Legoland.

Because the kid practically sleeps with his Legos.

And dreams, eats, thinks, plays {you get the idea} Star Wars.

And Legoland happens to have a life-size Star Wars X Wing on display until the end of the year! And a Star Wars Mini Land!

<< Side note to my mama friends of girls only: This Darth Vader / Luke Skywalker world is new to me and while I'm much more comfortable entertaining childhood memories of My Little Ponies, Little House on the Prairie, and Punky Brewster, I'm learning as I go, and attempting to embrace it! Hang with me, please! >>

Legoland! he shrieked. We’re going to Legoland?

A Binky for Donald Duck

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We’re going on about 2 hours now; the endless crying and snotty sobbing, the getting out of bed, the wails for Mamaaaaaaa!! echoing throughout what my whole being senses as the entire neighborhood.

Remember this post, Retraced Steps? The one where we took Ty’s binky/pacifier/chupie/whatever you want to call the plastic baby crack? After a week of sleep deprived everyone, Bry and I acknowledged that sometimes it’s not about being right, it’s about timing for all parties included. We gave Ty his binky back for naps and bedtime to ensure all four people in our household slept again until a future date. Lesson learned.

Until last night.

Modeling Forgiveness

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One of my favorite things about being a parent is learning from these incredible little people, aka my boys! Whether it’s bravery or being strong and courageous, I’m reminded daily that if we, as parents aren’t modeling it, there’s no way our kids will learn it!

Last year I wrote this Forgiveness article for HomeFront Magazine. I love this magazine for a thousand reasons, but mostly it’s full of great reminders of coming alongside the Holy Spirit in this parenting adventure instead of trying to do it on my own. We all know how that ends up! Epic mom fails and guilt and comparison… it’s just ugly!

I’m grateful it’s never too early or too late to ask for forgiveness and to extend forgiveness. We pretty much practice it daily around our house!

You can read the Modeling Forgiveness article here on page 11:

The Little Painted Indian

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I’d like to share a little story with you. If you just got to the office, pull your chair up close, pour a second cup of coffee and try not to spit on the screen as you read. If you’re at home, first off please tell me you’re still in your pj’s -ahem, workout clothes– cleaning Multi-grain cheerios off the …