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There is a picture of my daughter next to an overturned raft, hair plastered over her eyes, mouth wide open, that still makes us laugh.  "I've never had a boat flip," the guide had said.  What makes the story even more interesting is that it wasn't my husband and I with her in the boat Read More

Around August I start panicking. The fully stocked back-to-school shelves in Target remind me that the close of another summer looms. I spin the rolodex of summer activities in my head – have we done everything the kids wanted to do? What about what I wanted to do? Has it been meaningful? Fun? Have we Read More

Struggling to stay awake, my head rested on the palm of my hand, my elbow barely holding them both up as it perched on the hard surface of the desk. My teacher, a short, bald, athletic man sat in the front of the room, droning on about this war, that general, and these periods in Read More

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” -Mahatma Gandhi I have a question for you: Is life increasing its speed in your family or decreasing? Are you satisfied with your level of closeness, or are you moving so fast you don’t even have time to think about it? Every fall our family slowly Read More

#reclaiminghome by Krista Gilbert

IT'S ALMOST HERE!!!!  Three weeks from now my new book, Reclaiming Home, will be arriving in book stores. This is the book I knew I had to write.  It's both my very personal journey, but also the road we all take as parents.  It explores the heart of family, as well as the practical day-to-day Read More

Chances are you are having a parent-teacher conference in the next couple of weeks, just like us! Here is an article I wrote for the fall issue of MomSense Magazine (a publication of MOPS International). The chair creaked as I sat in my child’s desk, withholding the urge to organize the chaos of crayons, pencils Read More

     Moment upon moment upon moment.  These make up what we call "time."  Every day, I try to do something to connect with each of my children, either individually or as a group.  These sometimes small, and sometimes big, moments make a difference.  Reading together aloud has proven to be one the most consistent Read More

This summer we were ON THE MOVE! Whether we were camping in the woods, going to the lake for the weekend, visiting grandparents, or headed to summer camp, bags needed to be packed with essential supplies for each outing. In years past, I've been exhausted just trying to get everything packed and re-packed for each Read More

There have been moments in motherhood that feel so sacred to me that I can hardly breathe. They come unexpected, and often in the ordinary moments of the day. Tears usually run down my face, but I try to hold them back, for fear that they will get in the way of the gift. Tonight Read More

I once read that the only people who know you your whole life long are your siblings and your cousins. They are there from the beginning, knowing all of the childhood history that even a spouse likely doesn't know. Cousins are special -- no doubt about it. Nurturing those relationships strengthens family identity and gives Read More

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