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Kristen Welch
I'm here to encourage you as a wife and mom and remind you there's a little bit of that family in all of us. I write books and run Mercy House.

Entries by Kristen Welch

I Think We May Be Missing Something Very Important

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 11:48 AM

It was a hot February day in Texas. We only had a handful of volunteers and hundreds of needy refugees had already formed a line, so everybody had a job. Even our kids. Especially our kids.

From across the parking lot, I watched my 14-year-old give directions to the handful...

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Hábitos para manter o casamento um tesão em meio à maternidade e à monotonia

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 4:36 PM

Ele me puxou para dentro do closet e fechou a porta. Eu ouvia as crianças me chamando. Nós as ignoramos.

Ele disse baixinho: "Tenho saudade do Havaí. Tenho saudade de você."

No verão passado nós nos prometemos, em dias tão cheios de amor e união que mal...

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Hábitos de un matrimonio apasionado con niños y monotonía incluidos

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 1:01 AM

Me empujó al armario y cerró la puerta. Podía oír las voces de los niños llamándonos, pero los ignoramos.

Él susurraba: "Echo de menos Hawái. Te echo de menos".

El verano pasado, en el que experimentamos una forma despreocupada de amor, de vida y de unión en la que...

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Mutterschaft und Monotonie zum Trotz: So bleibt eine Ehe prickelnd

(2) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 8:41 AM

Er zog mich in die Kammer und schloss die Tür. Ich hörte die Kinder draußen rufen. Wir ignorierten sie einfach.

Er flüsterte: „Ich vermisse Hawaii. Ich vermisse dich."


Letzten Sommer, als wir eine liebende, sorglose und für uns kaum fassbare Gemeinsamkeit erleben durften, schworen...

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Habits of a Hot Marriage in the Middle of Motherhood and Monotony

(87) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 10:25 AM

He pulled me into the closet and closed the door. I could hear kids calling. We ignored them.

He whispered, "I miss Hawaii. I miss you."

We promised each other last summer, loving and living a carefree togetherness we hardly recognized, that we wouldn't slip back into the hurried routine...

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5 Signs Kids Are Struggling With Entitlement

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 5:49 PM

This past Christmas, I was late getting gifts wrapped and put under the tree. I don't know about your house, but the minute I do this every year, my kids get really interested in what's happening under the tree. Curiosity kills my kids. And the cat.

"Mom, when are you...

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The Real Family Rules

(5) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 7:22 PM

If you've spent five minutes on Etsy or Pinterest or even Amazon, you've seen the now-infamous subway art Family Rules. They are lovely and precious and available in 92 varieties and every color and font imaginable. We have the vinyl version over our piano. In black.

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Moms: OK Is Good Enough

(27) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 6:43 PM

She leaned in and put her arms around my neck. I could tell she was about to whisper-spit into my ear and I tried not to cringe:

"I love you, Mommy." She paused and took a deep breath as if she was gearing up to say something really important. "You're...

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An Open Letter to Mothers of Preschoolers

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 5:40 PM

Do you know what the hardest part of having a newborn was for me 11 years ago?

A 2-year-old.


One day, I answered the corded phone in the kitchen (yes, I'm that old) and made sure my 2-year-old followed me. It...

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