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When You’re Losing in the Blogging Business

When You’re Losing in the Blogging Business

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Yep, that’s me right now.  I’ve read many great blog posts, some not so great, about how to make money in the  blogging business, taken 2 courses, read at least 3 books, and am currently reading one now.  I have made a big fat ZERO in blogging. 

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You know it’s bad when Amazon kicks you off from being an affiliate because you’ve not met the required amount of conversions. TWICE!

Funny how when I first joined as an Amazon Affiliate I only had to make 1 conversion in 180 days.  I made that recently, a conversion for 28 cents, and was so stoked!! YaY! I’m IN!!

Only to get an email from Amazon stating that they had raised the bar to 3 conversions in 180 days. Third time’s a charm right?

I have this love-hate relationship with my blogging business.

One the one hand, I love the idea because I know blogging has the potential to be a partial solution to our need with the shortage in our ministry support, and a help with college for our kids.

(We’re missionaries currently living in the states-after living in Brasil for 10 years-taking short term trips internationally to serve alongside partners doing ministry in their own countries.)

On the other hand, I hate blogging because it is trouncing me.  Ok—well, that’s not completely true.  I’ve made that 28 on Amazon and $1.49 on Adsense . (Adsense only pays out after reaching the $100 threshold). 

My daughter is currently looking at me  like I’ve lost all sense of reason because of my laughing.  It’s ok to laugh at failure, right? I mean, what else can I do?

I have quit …..only to remember some frustratingly inspiring words that went something like….The only bloggers who aren’t successful are the ones that quit.  So I start up again the same day that I quit because I am stubborn, or something else. 

I’m not saying that the books I’ve read, or the courses I’ve taken weren’t worth it.  They totally were! 

But trying to make a living from a blogging business is not an easy thing.  I get frustrated…ok, I’ll admit it—jealous, when I read a blog post that makes it seem like making money blogging accidentally happened for someone.  Come on! Really?? Continue reading “When You’re Losing in the Blogging Business”

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Surprising Benefits to Being Totally Desperate

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We were totally desperate. My husband got his paycheck and we hoped that this week there would be money in his boss’s account to be able to cash it.

We had just started raising support for our plans to move to Brasil as missionaries.  In fact, our first presentation at our first church was that next Sunday, one hour away. 

By that Sunday the only money we had was for gas for our vehicle to travel the hour, and gas for my husband to work during the week.  

We had run completely out of milk.  We simply explained to our kids that we didn’t have any milk and that they would just have to wait a few days until we had money to buy some.  Oh…and we ate the last of our bread for breakfast too. Continue reading “Surprising Benefits to Being Totally Desperate”

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Training vs Discipline-The Parenting Dilema

 

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When I thought about raising children in the beginning of my parenting journey, I thought I knew what to do when a child misbehaved.

I had learned from my parents, watched other parents discipline their children, and felt confident of what I would do or not do, depending on the example I was given.   What I hadn’t factored in was….. maybe there was more to parenting than what I had observed.


As our first son began to need his behavior corrected, I only focused on discipline. It was only a little bit later that I learned there is actually something that comes before discipline…. Training.

Let me explain. Continue reading “Training vs Discipline-The Parenting Dilema”

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How to Plan a Family Purity Retreat

 Family Purity Retreat

He ran in from playing outside and shouted, “Mommy? How did Daddy get his seed in you?”  Oh boy! That’s a doozie of a question!  I’m sure my eyebrows shot straight up.  

In fact, I’m pretty sure I immediately picked up the phone and called a friend for help.  

Up to this point we had  been able to answer questions that fit with his age, but my son wanted to know more and since he was our first, I had absolutely NO experience in talking with kids about this topic. We were pregnant with son #2 and our first had a need to try and make some sense of it. Continue reading “How to Plan a Family Purity Retreat”

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Laugh!! It’s Good for the Family!

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One thing our family has is a sense of humor.

We love to laugh.  We appreciate a good comedy film, we laugh at funny videos, we lovingly tease one another to provoke a smile, and, yes, we laugh at bodily noises.

My husband’s father was well known for his humor.  He passed down that humor to my husband, and he, to our kids.  I like humor too, but have learned more from my husband than have come by it naturally.

A few weeks ago the kids and I were in our pool when my husband decided to join us. He is a self-proclaimed cold water wimp.  This particular afternoon he was the last one in the pool. As we watched him gingerly test the water to ease in, his foot slipped and he went flailing and tumbling into the pool.  It was hilarious!! Oh my word!! I chuckle just at the memory now!   Continue reading “Laugh!! It’s Good for the Family!”

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How to Be a Close Knit Family

We had the privilege of living in Southern Brasil for 10 years.  It contributed to our being a close knit family. Our family experienced challenges and grew during our time there.  Yet, one of our struggles was in finding consistent ways to connect to each other. There were so many distractions and important things that vied for our time. Continue reading “How to Be a Close Knit Family”

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The Struggle of Raising a Creative Mind Child

My husband and I are raising the last 2 of our 5 kids.  We have immensely enjoyed raising them.  That doesn’t mean that it has always been easy, in fact, most of the time it hasn’t been. Our second son presented some unique challenges with his creative mind, but we don’t choose to look at hard as equal to bad or something not enjoyable.

One of our particular challenges in raising our second son was his wildly creative mind. While my husband and I have windows of creativity that open and close….more often closed than open, The Lord blessed us with this incredibly gifted son who challenged our parenting in a way our first hadn’t. Continue reading “The Struggle of Raising a Creative Mind Child”

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How to Train Your Toddler to Listen to Your ‘No’

*This post is a follow up to one I wrote just a few days ago. if you’d like to read the first one click here. I want to encourage you in getting an early start on training your children, especially in seeing the importance to train your toddler, in order to reduce struggles later on.

A fundamental training session is to train your toddler to listen to your, “no.” I remember studying in Early Childhood Ed in college, working in a preschool later on and seeing how diversion was the “in” thing. I remember thinking on several occasions that diversion only delayed poor behavior. I didn’t even have kids yet, but I knew that this didn’t seem very productive. The child is being diverted away from issues that will always come back because nothing was learned. This thought was half right. Poor behavior is not only delayed, but the part I didn’t realize until later is that  the child doesn’t learn the desired behavior. If my child hits another, first I want to find out why, and then teach him the right way. I don’t want to simply remove him from the situation. Continue reading “How to Train Your Toddler to Listen to Your ‘No’”

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What Changed My Life as a Parent–Part 1

What is it that changed my life?  Let me tell you…. when I took myself out of my parenting, then my life as a parent was changed forever!

What do I mean when I say ‘took myself out of my parenting?’

Read on and you’ll soon find out.

We were recently talking in Sunday school about how we react to stimuli based on what we think and what we believe. The discussion came around to how we might react angrily if we take someone else’s behavior personally.

It brought something to my mind that seemed to fit this same scenario.  It’s what changed my life as a parent. Continue reading “What Changed My Life as a Parent–Part 1”

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Make Your Child’s Day!

How to bless your child and others too

We had the opportunity to make our child’s day and it was a success! The party went great, exceeded expectations.  AND, we helped make our girls’ day just a bit brighter.

Have you ever had the chance to make your child’s day?  I mean, to really make them feel special by putting in a lot of effort to show them how important they are to you?  

We had a chance to do that and at the same time bless  other kids.  In fact, we receive an equal blessing! Continue reading “Make Your Child’s Day!”