Why you should travel with your children while they are still little

I’ve heard it said a dozen times, “Why would you travel to _____ when your kids are so little, they won’t remember.” I get it, I do.  We question whether the investment is worth the result.  I’m not sure what gratification we expect from the result but we hope that the money spent equals happiness and fun, and sometimes when you’re traveling with small children there is a lot of drudgery and chaos (just being real, here). Do you do a nighttime …

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Kids will be kids- a talk on character v. behavior

Last week we were at a friend’s house and Olen climbed up into a chair with his shoes on.  He wasn’t trying to jump around, just literally get his body into the chair.  I immediately told him to sit down and reminded him we never climb on any furniture with our shoes on.  I was probably a little embarrassed when one of the ladies (who is 89 by the way) said to me, “All kids do that. He’s just being …

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Do Not Grow Weary

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who …

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Separation State??

I shared some of our trip to Asheville on the blog and one of the things that kept playing in my head was how many questions (and looks!) we got about our family. In three days we were asked a handful of times what the kids ages were, or how far apart they were, and one man even told us that we “had our own little camp!”  I’m not sure what that means but Camp Yoder Toter sounds like a …

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The Idol of Time

After my post last week titled Is Exhaustion the New Status Quo?, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I spend my time and perception I have about busy-ness. When Olen was born and I was struggling just to get two kids out of the house for playdates and whatnot, I told myself that this was the season in my life where I could stay home instead of being a 24 hour taxi.  That perspective has gotten me through some …

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Is Exhaustion the New Status Quo?

  I listened to a podcast yesterday by Michael Hyatt (I was busy with the kids while I listened, but if you want to know the exact one, contact me and we can narrow it down) and Mr. Hyatt said that he read somewhere recently that exhaustion is considered to be the new status quo.  That basically, we prove our worth by proving how busy we are. For some reason that statement ran over and over again in my head …

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Five Things Your Firstborn Will Teach You About Life

Jackson turned 5 last week.  Somedays it’s hard to believe he is not the skinny, sleepless baby that we brought home from the hospital. Other days it’s hard to believe we have survived 5 years as parents!  As I was cleaning today, I was reflecting on how much life has changed since little Yoder Toter arrived!  Here’s 5 things he has taught me- and you probably learned some of the same things when you brought home your first little bubby. …

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