Author: Ashley Willis

When My Son Planned Our Whole Mother-Son Date, I Learned THIS …

I have four sons ages 12, 10, 5 and 2. With so many kiddos in the house, it can be hard to give each one of them the individual focus that they need, so my husband and I both try to take each boy on a special date every now and then. As my two older boys have moved into the double-digits, I figured that they wouldn’t want “mom time” anymore. Boy, was I wrong. Just recently I asked my ten year-old if he’d like to go on a Connor-Mommy Date, and he quickly said yes. But, then he...

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Raising Boys Who LOVE Spending Time with Their Family

“Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.” Psalm 127:3-5 I have so often admired those families in our lives that truly enjoy being together. They exhibit a kind of family togetherness that is infectious to all members of the family, young and old. Dave and I desperately want this for our growing family, and a...

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When a Son Loves and Respects His Mother

“Listen with respect to the father who raised you, and when your mother grows old, don’t neglect her. Buy truth—don’t sell it for love or money; buy wisdom, buy education, buy insight. Parents rejoice when their children turn out well; wise children become proud parents. So make your father happy! Make your mother proud!” Proverbs 23:22-25 (The Message) My husband and I have lived away from our families for nearly ten years now, so we are always excited to have visit us. Here recently, my mother-in-law came to visit to celebrate my son’s and my husband’s birthdays. As always,...

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7 Simple Ways to Conquer Crazy School Mornings

With the school year in full swing, I think most parents can agree that the school morning routine can be rough. It can be maddening at times, but it doesn’t have to be if we strive to stay ahead of the game and simplify things. Here are 7 simple ways to make the back-to-school mornings a bit smoother: 1. Keep a LARGE family calendar in a visible place in your home. This has helped our family so much in recent years. Assign each person of the family a specific marker color and fill in their appointments/games/etc. in their assigned...

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Why I Pray for My Kids to Get Caught

When I was a young girl, I remember getting caught almost every time I was in the wrong. I hated it then, but honestly, it was one of the best things that happened to me in my childhood. One summer night, when I was thirteen, my parents dropped me off at a new friend’s house to spend the night. Right before she left, Mom specifically told me to not walk to Kroger, a 24-hour grocery store that was close to my friend’s house. Mom knew that would be a temptation for my friend and me because it was kind...

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