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I know there are a lot of strong feelings towards letting children watch TV.  Some people think it's great, some think it's harmless, and some parents think it rots kids' brains.  Personally, I'm not too concerned about my daughter watching TV.  I ultimately have control over what (and how much) she watches and I sit with her so we can talk about what she watched.  I've also noticed that even after I've turned the TV off, there are some benefits to her watching her shows.

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So there I was with a microphone in my hands, practicing music with the Praise Team for Sunday morning service.  All of us were parents, and there was no one available to watch the kids, so we let them loose in the sanctuary and tried to keep our practice brief.  As the kids screamed and chased each other around the empty pews we began to sing Matt Maher's version of "Lord, I Need You".  I don't think those words have ever been truer to me. 

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My life looks nothing like Pinterest--unless you're talking about funny Pinterest Fails, and then maybe it does.  But the polished, simple, diy stuff?  None of those pictures were taken at my house.

I would love to be able to serve my family a meal from a recipe I created, but in reality, I use the smoke detector as an over timer.  I tried making a cute keepsake from my baby's footprints, but my design was sized for handprints so the footprints didn't fit.  And the moms who have secrets on how to potty train a child in just three days?  Well, let's just say I'll be washing a load of nothing but little underwear tonight.

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So you've spent all year collecting things to send to a Christmas Child.  Now what?

Packing party!!!  That's what!!!

We have had two amazing people at our church coordinating our Operation Christmas Child collections this year.  They carried up boxes and boxes of things we had collected, sorted them, and laid them out on tables to make packing easier.

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If you're like me, you plan every year to send out Christmas cards to all of your family and friends to show them your beautiful family and adorable kid.  But, come January, you still have yet to mail out a single card.  Actually, my cards from last year never got made.  The pictures are still sitting in a folder on my computer.  Untouched.

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Baby's are fun.  Partly because, unlike toddlers, they don't argue about style.  Celebrate the days of picking out your little one's clothes with these 5 adorable shirts for mommy & baby.  Enjoy it now, because it's quickly coming to an end.

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Packing day is coming soon and it's time to start wrapping up your Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes!  But before you close the lid, be sure to put in a personal letter to the child who will receive it.  You've spent all year thinking about this child.  Buying him presents, and praying prayers over him and his treasures.  Let him know how much you care by including a letter, family picture, and an address he can write back to.  

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I was so excited when my daughter decided that music from Vacation Bible School was her new music of choice.  I was so proud to hear her singing about, "God Knows!" and "I am remarkably made!".  But now, 2 1/2 months later, I'm about to loose my mind.

That's the inspiration behind this list--to preserve my sanity.  So by sharing it, maybe I can save a little of yours too!

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Lately, being around my daughter is like living with a parrot.  Anything I say is bound to be repeated at the most inopportune moments.  And that has started to make me more aware of the words I use.

If you are new to using soft words with you kids, or just want to mix things up a little, here are 7 words that you can use instead of the word, "Butt".

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