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Author: Melissa Schrock

Life is Better Shared

It is late morning. Autumn air has set in. Leaves are fading off the trees. Squirrels chase each other across branches. And inside a two-year-old bounces with joy and energy.  Mega blocks are scattered across the floor. Mini towers, blocks connected she calls an animal and of course the “choo-choo” sliding across the room. Just as fast as she started playing with them she is done.  “All done!” she proclaims as I sip on a cup of coffee. Tossing the blocks into the bag she then announces, “Mommy do it! Mommy help!”  “Sure, I will most certainly help you.”...

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Encouragement for Mommy

Oh, how life has changed! Toys between my bottom and the couch cushion. A baby nursing on the right side and a toddler tugging my arm on the left. The smell of poo lingering for hours. Random sticky spots on the wood floor. Somehow it is noon and I haven’t washed my hair or brushed my teeth. I gave up reheating my coffee hours go and I can’t remember what day of the week it is.  This crazy, messy life. The hardest thing I have ever done. The day to day. The tears, the joys. Every day an adventure full of...

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Lessons in the Public Restroom

Four weeks have passed since the birth of our second daughter. Time flies when you don’t get much sleep! (insert laughing emoji)  In these first four beautiful yet intense weeks, my mind spins with stories and illustrates of God’s magnificent character.  One of my first stories happened a week and a half in. I was feeling brave, strong and ready to conquer the world as a mommy of 2. “I got this!” I thought to myself. “I can do it!”  Packing the newborn and the toddler in the van I headed to our local grocery store to do a...

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Horrible Manners

As communication grows between my 2-year-old and I lessons pop up endlessly. In the last week, I have been both amused and irritated. Encouraged and discouraged. Feelings of success and failure.  I am sure you moms out there can relate.  It is dinner time. Tummies are starting to growl and turn. Standing in the kitchen I have finally decided what to make and the culinary explosion has begun.  At her post in the kitchen which is her handy step stool my daughter stands watch. Yes, watch my every move. When she sees something she likes her vocals loosen and, “Mo peas!...

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Summer Heat

The heat of summer. Humidity rises and the air is thick. Breathing seems more difficult in these conditions. Sweat coats the body in a simple walk to the mail box. Summer is such an exciting season however not without its challenges and frustrations. That season when all is supposed to be well, right? Easy. But is it really?  Life. Life has its own seasons of summer heat and heavy air. Even when it seems all is right, all is good life can carry a weight as heavy as Missouri humidity.  Life is good.  The job you’ve worked for… The companion...

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