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Eleven Ways to Say I Love You (In Teen Talk)
Eleven Ways to Say I Love You (In Teen Talk)

 Do you remember the days of waking your daughter up with a hug and a kiss and a “Good morning sweet girl”?  Do you remember the days of endless exclamations of “I love you, Mommy”? The walks through the park, hand in hand?  The cuddles after bath time? The days when love just oozed between you and your sweet girl? I don’t know about you, but those days seem fewer and farther between now.  Gosh, I still love my daughter to the moon and back, but most days involve some bickering, some eye rolling, a little bit of sass, and sometimes a few tears.  I know my daughter loves me, and I think she knows I love her (although I wonder if she’d admit that). It’s just harder to communicate that love to a hormonally challenged, emotionally driven teen than it is to a smiling, chubby, little toddler. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, considering if maybe it’s time to change tactics.  Maybe as my daughter changes, my methods for showing her I love her need to change, too. As she grows, our relationship must evolve. Maybe. So I set out to brainstorm a bunch of new ways that I could show her I loved her.  I quickly realized that my list would come up short.  After all, I’m just one mom. BUT!!!! What if I went out into my social media world, and asked other moms ...

How To Set Mom Goals
Eleven Ways to Say I Love You (In Teen Talk)

 The other day, as I was walking out of my teenage son’s room, I noticed some index cards taped to the back of his bedroom door.  A closer look revealed that he had set athletic goals for his entire high school career (which does not begin for another 5 months).  There were also college goals.  And beyond.  I laughed to myself and realized (yet again) that the apple had not fallen far from the tree. Our house is a house of goal setters.  My husband has been setting and tracking running goals for the entire 20 years I have known him.  Ask him what workout he did on September 15, 2007 and he can go back and find it.  The same goes for me.  Well, maybe not to that obsessive extent, but my office walls are covered with goal cards for work, for health and fitness, for life. But what about mothering?   After leaving my son’s room and considering the insane amount of goal setting this family does, the thought struck me.  Why don’t I set goals on mothering?  Isn’t it just as important- if not more- as my work, or my health and fitness?  Isn’t mothering the part of my life where I really need to be intentional?  How have I not set Mom goals? I mulled these questions over for about 30 seconds, and decided to set some Mom goals.  Then I decided to bring you along ...

The JLP Besties Giveaway on Instagram!
Eleven Ways to Say I Love You (In Teen Talk)

 I have been so excited to share this giveaway with you!  And it's finally here.  But it's not here.  It's on INSTAGRAM! This Instagram Giveaway is for ALL TEENS!  Not just seniors, and not just the ladies.  All are welcome to enter!I will be giving away ONE JLP BESTIES MINI SESSION.  That means 30 minutes of fun with up to 3 besties, along with 20 digital files!  All FREE!  But you have to enter on Instagram, so find me there! JUST CLICK ON THE LINK HERE, OR ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO GO TO THE JLP INSTAGRAM PAGE.  THEN FOLLOW ME THERE TO GET IN ON THE CONTEST! The contest will be so fun, but it will be fast too.  Just 3 days, starting today, so don't wait!  Grab your besties, and come find me on Instagram!   

Beauty Secrets: The M Word
Eleven Ways to Say I Love You (In Teen Talk)

As ladies, we've all heard it.  For some of us it might conjur up images of turtlenecks and long skirts, or of bonnets and long braids.  It might create a picture of frumpiness, or of lonely Friday nights, friendless, boyfriend-less, joyless.Modesty.  It has become almost as harsh as a four letter word in our culture.But wait!  Before we toss it aside, let's take a step back and consider it for a moment.  What is modesty?  The Bible tells us that as women, we should "dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning [ourselves] not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes." (1 Timothy 2:9)  I know,  I know.  How could the Bible possibly be relevant to our culture today, at least with respect to what we wear or don't wear.  Times have changed so much!But hear me out.  As women who follow the Lord, we hold the promises of God to be true for eternity, right?  We believe He loves us, that He has fearfully and wonderfully made us (Psalm 139:14).  We believe that He has plans for us and that they are good (Jeremiah 29:11).  We believe He works all things together for the good of those who love Him.  (Romans 8:28).  And we believe He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7) and loves us with an everlasting love (Psalm 103:17).So if we believe all these things about God, why then can't we ...

One Word That Can Change Your Life
Eleven Ways to Say I Love You (In Teen Talk)

Psalm 37:4 says, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart."Oh how I have always loved this verse.  The thought of God giving me the deep desires of my heart- well, it's enough to get your imagination flowing.  An amazing husband?  Check!  The perfect children?  Check check check!  A beautiful house with a white picket fence and the greenest lawn on the block?  Sure!  Oh and don't forget the tiny waist and flawless skin and hair.  SWEET!But it's funny how as the skin began to wrinkle and the hair began to gray, the wisdom behind this verse started to sink it and I began to see it for what it really meant.  And then I truly fell in love with the words.  Because, you see, I sort of skipped over that beginning part of the verse.  Delight yourself in the Lord.  What does that even mean?  As I began to see those words and meditate on them, and as I began to ask God to open my eyes to what they really meant, I was enlightened.  What is life like when we delight ourselves in the Lord?  To me, it's beginning every day alone with my Jesus.  It's taking a walk with my dog, or my kids, or alone, and praying and thinking about my wonderful Savior.  It's praying over His word and asking Him to help me understand it (because sometimes it's hard!) and seeing His words ...