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Mary Holloman

Posted by on Jan 21, 2019 in | Comments Off on Mary Holloman

That Mom Life Mary Holloman is the wife of one husband and mom of two stinkin’ cute kiddos. When she’s not preoccupied trying to keep her children alive, she works and writes for Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center, serves in her church’s college ministry, beats her husband in ping-pong, and then writes some more. She loves to write about the comical and often unbelievable experiences of parenting and the spiritual truths that those experiences reveal. She’s written for Charisma Magazine, Refresh Bible Study Magazine, and IntheQuiver.com. You can visit her at www.maryholloman.com and follow her on Instagram at...

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You’re Still Happy with Me, Right?

Posted by on Feb 18, 2019 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, That Mom Life | 5 comments

I exited the room, arms full of folded towels. The goal was to put them in the linen closet and come back for the rest of the clothes. I couldn’t have been gone more than ten seconds. Sometimes ten seconds is all it takes. When I entered the living room, every piece of freshly folded laundry was strewn across the room. Shirts were on the hearth, pants were dangling off the sewing machine, and underwear littered the floor and couch. I spun toward my two primary suspects and asked in an eerily calm voice, “Who. Did. This?” My three-year-old jumped to attention. “It was Ryleigh,” he said with confidence. I turned to my eighteen-month-old. She was grinning and trying to pull a pair of underwear onto her head. She hadn’t quite mastered the art of subtlety yet. Benjamin jumped...

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What Do Scary Things Do?

Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, That Mom Life | 0 comments

“I’m afraid of spiders.” My almost four-year-old eyed me and then quickly redirected his gaze to his toys. His tone was apologetic. Benjamin’s fear of spiders wasn’t new to me. For a while, he had recurring nightmares involving spiders—the kind of nightmares that would terrify the most fearless adult. “I don’t blame you, B,” I said. “I think spiders are creepy, too. And you know, everyone is afraid of something. Except for a special Someone. Did you know there is Someone who’s not afraid of anything?” Benjamin smiled at the familiar question. “God!” And then his eyes narrowed in concentration. “So what do scary things do when they see God?” I blinked. When is this kid going to start asking me easier questions? I imagined a gathering of all the things my children might fear: Spiders. Monsters. Darkness. Storms....

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Throw Off Laziness

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“NO, I will NEVER do what you want me to do. Never. NEVEEEEEERRR!!!” His footsteps pounded down the hall, followed by the sharp slam of his bedroom door. Ah, you’re probably thinking, the teenage years. Those are tough. Nope. He’s three. THREE. I stared down the hall after my Drama King. Wow. So many little rebellion issues to address. Probably a great opportunity for a teachable moment. Grace. The gospel. All that. But in that moment, I had zero desire to deal with any of it. No one has ever called me lazy. Honestly, I don’t think anyone is brave enough. I keep my children fed, clothed, and alive—no small feat, in and of itself. Laundry gets (sort of) done, dishes get (sort of) washed, and bathrooms get cleaned regularly. (Okay, that last one was a lie, but it...

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Pumpkin-Spice Legacy

Posted by on Nov 21, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year. Things I love: Pumpkins, s’mores, boots, scarves, colorful leaves, the smells of bonfires, and oversized sweatshirts. Things I hate: The 3,643 holiday season events and activities that turn me into an overwhelmed and overly zealous basket case. Is it just me, or does it seem as if there’s a tad bit of pressure to do all the things? After all, if you don’t enjoy a pumpkin-spice-something while wearing cute wedge boots and carving a pumpkin while roasting a marshmallow…did fall even happen? And if you don’t create a DIY advent calendar while wearing a tacky Christmas sweater and bake holiday cookies from scratch while making salt dough footprint ornaments with your children…do you even have a soul? These are the questions that haunt me. In all seriousness, I’m guilty...

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