40 Days Deep With Christ: Choose to Encourage the Warrior in Your Husband

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“Thank you for being my warrior.” I first whispered these words in my husband’s ear two weeks ago as we were getting ready for dinner on the FamilyLife Love Like You Mean it Cruise. He stopped and smiled. I’ll never forget the way his face lit up. “Wow. Thank you,” he replied. “That is really, really […]

Stepfamily Christmas Tips: How to Make the Most of Your Time with the Kids

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Christmas. A time to celebrate the birth of our Savior with those we love. What happens when “some” of those we love aren’t with us at the holidays?   For homes who co-parent, the holidays can bring extra stress because schedules and finances are often impacted by the other home — without consent. This time […]

Why I Chose Not To Give My Stepdaughter a Gift

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While shopping for Valentine’s Day gifts for the kids last February  I noticed a beautiful heart shaped necklace. The instant I glanced at this piece of art and read the story behind it, I knew it was the perfect gift for my stepdaughter’s upcoming High School graduation. I made the purchase. Excited to have found the “perfect” graduation […]

Meet the B.E.L.L. Pack – Books for Kids in Blended Families

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One evening in early spring I was hiding in my closet to pray and take in some deep breaths to get centered after getting some “dramatic” news — you know a typical day in the stepfamily trenches. After I lifted it up to God, I lifted up my cell phone and started looking on Instagram. I was […]

5 Things I’ve Learned About Building A Family

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Today, we are blessed to read the words of Elizabeth. She and her husband said “I do” to stepfamily life with three kids one year ago. In that time, Elizabeth learned valuable lessons about building a stepfamily that she shares  in this installment of the Gift of Stepmom series. Learn from her great wisdom and gain […]