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Motherhood

Overcoming Mommy-Exhaustion
Practical Ways to Rise Above Defeat Everyday

by Leslie Ludy

A week ago I decided to spend some one-on-one time with Avy, my three-year-old. One of her favorite things to do in the world is go to our local gymnastics studio’s “open gym” for preschoolers, where she can climb, jump, hang, and flip to her heart’s content.


Motherhood

The Saga of the Bees

by Leslie Ludy

Yesterday was a glorious fall day, full of sunshine and leaves of red and gold. It inspired me to take Hudson and Harper to the local pumpkin patch, where they enthusiastically picked out 4 pumpkins – 2 big ones and 2 little ones.


Motherhood

Simple Truth

by Leslie Ludy

Being a mother is truly the most intense, exhausting, demanding, exhilarating task I’ve ever undertaken.


Motherhood

Raising the Bar in Child Training

by Leslie Ludy

“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth.”– Psalm 127:4Last night we tried something new at dinnertime. We set the table nicely and served dinner in the dining room, with our four kiddos seated in booster seats (except for Hudson).


Motherhood

Meltdowns & Mountaintops

by Leslie Ludy

The other day Hudson told me that the bread he was eating made him feel “warm and soft like a teddy bear.” And hearing such a cute statement from a sticky-faced five-year-old made me feel warm and soft like a teddy bear!


Motherhood

Watching Over the Way of My Home

by Leslie Ludy

“She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.”– Proverbs 31:27When you spend countless hours conversing with preschoolers and toddlers, it’s easy to feel a little brain-dead by the end of the day.


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A Glimpse of What God Will Do

by Leslie Ludy

The other night I was battling an intense headache. My kids are not used to seeing Mommy in pain and unable to interact with them in my normal energetic way. The toddlers kept looking at me with concerned faces and asking, “What’s wrong, Mommy?


Motherhood

Saying "No" to Selfish Whims

by Leslie Ludy

“But I want to!” is a phrase heard often in the Ludy home. Recently we informed Dubber (age 3) that he was not allowed to decorate the living room walls with a pen, and broke the news to Avy (age 2) that she was not allowed to dump an entire – large!


Motherhood

Waking Up With a Heavenly Attitude

by Leslie Ludy

Have you ever heard that old saying, “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!”? I used to laugh at this quirky phrase, but now that I’m a mother, I’ve found that it has a lot of truth to it!


Motherhood

Rising Above Apathy

by Leslie Ludy

Jim Elliot wrote, “Wherever you are, be all there.” Never have I been more challenged in applying this principle than with my four young children. It’s so easy to be with my children physically, yet disengaged from them mentally and emotionally.


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Prayerful Mothering

by Leslie Ludy

Our son Hudson is named after the great missionary to China, Hudson Taylor.  Hudson Taylor is one of our spiritual heroes, and we desire our son to follow in his footsteps of tenacious faith and unwavering devotion to Christ.  But many years before Hudson Taylor became the father of evange


Motherhood

Preparing Our Kids for Real Christianity
Dreaming God’s Dreams For Our Children

by Leslie Ludy

Not long ago, Hudson felt God speak to him about his future. He learned about the many needs in the country of Cambodia and feels called to be a missionary there someday. Already, he’s begun to prepare to live overseas, even though he’s only nine.