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By Alice Fulk

Keeping Your Child Safe in Today’s World

Keeping Your Child Safe in Today’s World

Author, Alice Fulk worked as a Crime Analyst for the West Des Moines Police Department for many years, and currently serves as a Legislative Fiscal Analysist.  For fifteen of the most terrifying minutes of my life, my two year old daughter disappeared.  We were at Iowa State University to watch a parade.  I had taken Mary […]

An Anchor in the Waves of a Rough Day

An Anchor in the Waves of a Rough Day

I don’t know about you, but the hours between 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm at my house are crazy, at best, and chaotic, at worst. Kids get hungry. I guess I’m the one who has to feed them. The older two manifest hunger in the form of wrestling, jumping off furniture, and running around the […]

The Questionnaire at the Eye Doctor

The Questionnaire at the Eye Doctor

Last week, I had the privilege of going to the eye doctor alone. Those with small children will understand why I call this a privilege. Going anywhere alone is like a vacation, no matter how short-lived. And plus, the eye doctor is one of the better appointments you could have. No uncomfortable situations like visiting […]

Never Underestimate a Mother’s Reach

Never Underestimate a Mother’s Reach

Kristen Johnson As a stay at home mom, sometimes I feel like my world is small. I know I’m having a direct influence on the three little ones in my flock, but who else do I affect? The four walls of my house seem to cut me off from the world, which sometimes feels like […]

A Mom’s Word for the New Year

A Mom’s Word for the New Year

I have been challenged by one of my MOPS mentor moms to choose a verse and a word for the year. You know, just a verse and a word to focus on, to set the tone throughout the year. I know lots of people do this, but I have never really gotten serious about it. […]

The Sustainer Versus Stress

The Sustainer Versus Stress

This is a rough time of year for me. Harvest. As a farmer’s wife, I’m learning to think more favorably about the harvest. It is the fruition of all my husband’s hard work throughout the year. He eagerly looks forward to it every year. Me, I dread it every year. Like I said, I’m learning to like […]

Big Boots to Fill

Big Boots to Fill

I keep a couple pairs of my daddy’s cowboy boots in my entry way.  They just sit there on a mat next to the closet door, to remind me.  They remind me of the person I want to become, the person I think God needs me to become. When I was little, from the moment […]

Motherhood:  An Honest Look in the Mirror

Motherhood: An Honest Look in the Mirror

So, we brought a new baby into the world! My third child, a boy, was born March 7th. He is absolutely wonderful! Such a little sweetie! But little did I know, his birth would bring about some unexpected changes. My daughter, the now middle child, turned into a disaster! A mouthy, sassy, disaster at that! […]

Making Quality Time for Your Kids

Making Quality Time for Your Kids

I have four children with a pretty good space between numbers two and three (11 years).  That space has allowed me to reflect on what is important in life and learn what I perhaps could do better. One thing that I have learned, and try really hard not to take for granted, is that time […]

Transforming My Mess

Transforming My Mess

Lately, I have felt like such a mess! My house has been a mess, and so has my attitude! I’ve been having some pity parties too. My daughter had an accident and peed on the bathroom floor. I was doing the dishes (one of my least favorite household chores, second only to cleaning showers) and how to […]