It’s Not About a To-Do List

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Note from Kat: Today’s post is from my friend Patti Brown.

Some days my brain doesn’t want to turn on until 8:00. I get up early, sit on my couch and look at my bible, but the words swim.

I’ll fight it. I’ll brew more tea or make an egg or do something that I hope will get those brain cells firing. But some days it just isn’t gonna happen.

Do you have days like that too? Do you get worried or feel like you’ve failed if you can’t get your bible study done first thing in the morning?

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The $300 Cookie – God sees the value in what we do

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Note from Kat: This post is from my good friend and monthly contributor, Liz Griffin.

For nearly five years my husband and I have been in the process of adopting internationally. The whole story could be an entire summer-long series, so I will spare you too many details. The journey has included four different adoption agencies, three different state processes, and three international adoption programs. It’s been kind of insane at times.

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ITA #47 – How To Deal with Unexpected Turns and Help Our Children Follow Their Dreams – with Kate Battistelli

Most of the people I’ve interviewed for this podcast are in thick of parenting, but Kate Battistelli is on the other side of it. Her grown daughter loves God and has a beautiful family of her own.

Kate is the mother of (my daughter’s favorite singer) Francesca Battistelli. You’ll love her encouragement and insight no matter where you are in your parenting journey.

Grab your headphones, join us for a chat and keep reading to learn more!

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Is It Worth It?

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As I was running this morning I found myself asking “Is it worth it?” I’m training right now for my next race and I’m attempting to stay on a running schedule. But it’s hot and humid and I’m sacrificing sleep for this run right now. So the question comes to mind “Is this worth it?” This question comes to mind in other areas  of my life besides exercise.

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ITA #46 Jen Murray – Raising Quadruplet Boys and How To Have Summer Fun With Kids

Having one child at a time is hard. Imagine having four at a time. Today’s guest, Jen Murray, doesn’t have to imagine, because she is the mother of quadruplet boys who are now the energetic age of 7. Join us today as she shares her dramatic motherhood story and some tips on how she keeps the boys entertained all summer long.

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Listen as Jen Shares:

  • Why she wasn’t able to enjoy many of the typical pregnancy joys
  • What it was like to come home – and recover – with four boys & the team it took to make it happen
  • Why each milestone has made her more confident in God’s provision
  • …and the great eBook she’s written to help you plan simple, memorable outdoor activities for the summer
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The Secret To Fighting Seasons of Overwhelm

Note from Kat: This post is from a HelloMornings Challenge contributor, Sarah.

I’m in the middle of one of those seasons. You know, the so-busy-it-feels-like-every-second-of-the-day-is-scheduled kind of seasons.

I’m walking around in a constant state of worry that I’ll forget a crucial detail and all of my spinning plates will come crashing down. planner Recently, I found myself asking my four-year-old daughter to remind me of this or that, but I quickly decided that wasn’t the best approach when she started telling people, “My mommy forgets things a lot.”

I’m discovering these busy seasons are inevitable with raising a family, and I also know it will pass. But as the famous (in our house) book says:  We can’t go over it. We can’t go under it. We gotta go through it!

So, instead of trying to escape the busy, I’m determined to do the best I can with the time and energy God gives me each day. I’ve gone back to my tried and true method for staying on top of my to-do list. Perhaps you’re in a similar season? If so, here are my tips for making it through with minimal plate-dropping.

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ITA #45 – Our Top Tips for Summer Travel with Children

My friend Liz grew up in Siberia. No really, she did. She also herded goats in Mongolia as a teenager. And now she’s a hipster in Texas. The girl gets around and so do her kids. They have done (and are about to do) quite a bit of international travel.

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I, on the other hand, grew up in Texas. And I still live in Texas. My kids have never been to another country.

Liz and I are what you might call…opposites.

But we’re also good friends and today we are joining forces to share our best tips for easy travel with kids. You might be thinking about summer vacations or traveling to Grandma’s. Liz brings her best “flying with kids” tips and I’m bringing my best “road trip with kids” tips.

For the past 3 years, my amazing husband has planned truly epic road trips for our family. We’ve hit just about every state on the West coast, all the southern coastal states and many of the mid East (is that a term or did I just make that up?) states.

We have literally spent hundreds of hours in the car…and our kids don’t hate us. In fact, these massive road trips are the highlight of their year.

So how do you keep a 4 year old happy on an international flight or a 72 hour road trip?

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Create A HelloMornings Bible Study Basket For Your Children

As summer quickly approaches, I thought I’d re-share this popular post about how I help my kids spend time with God in the mornings. I hope you enjoy these ideas and if you create a #hellomornings basket for your children, tag me on instagram (inspiredtoaction) or share the link in the comments so I can “ohh and ahh” along with you.

Breakfast Time In My Home

This is the basket we keep on our breakfast table. It’s filled with Bibles, study books, journals, prayers sticks and conversation cards. Each morning at breakfast time, the kids eagerly sit down with their food, grab a Bible, a prayer stick and peacefully read and pray for 45 minutes.

Or not.

Maybe your kids do that, but in my house our mornings are a little more crazy (although it’s less crazy during the summer). My children are often reading other books as they sit down at the table. Imagine those kids that walk around with a book in their face as they attempt go about their day. That’s what 2/3 my children look like 95% of the time.

My other child is usually climbing on something. Possibly a sibling.

So now that we’ve established that there is nothing magical about my home, let’s move on to the topic of bribery.

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ITA #44 – Anchors in Motherhood – Boundaries, Date Nights, Morning Routines and more – An Interview with Jessi Connolly

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Jessi Connolly is one of my favorite people to follow online. She lives her life with purpose and intention. Today we talk about setting anchors in motherhood, anchors like:

  • date nights
  • morning routines
  • building community
  • and setting boundaries

If you enjoy this episode, be sure to check out my interview with her on my HowTheyBlog.com podcast.

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Dealing With “Mommy” Fears

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Note from Kat: This post is from my good friend and monthly contributor Liz Griffin.

This photo of me was taken when I was discovered numerous 3-inch jumping spiders in my bedroom in Africa. That was pretty frightening, but I’ve learned that motherhood can be much more scary…

When the nurse practitioner told me that it could be cancer, my mind went blank. I started having strange symptoms two weeks ago. Went to the doctor’s office the next day where the nurse told me that we were gonna do labs and numerous ultrasounds to check for a possible tumor on my thyroid, pituitary gland and check for breast cancer.

Clearly, like any good mom I totally freaked out. How was I going to tell my kids? What would their life look like if I have to do chemo? I can’t bear the thought of not being there to raise them… It was the ultimate of mommy fears.

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