Mom's Running It Blog

Praising God For Your Scars

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In my 7th and final pregnancy, I lost twins at 19-weeks which resulted in 3 surgeries: A D&C, which left me hemorrhaging, then a vaginal hysterectomy, and an emergency surgery a couple of hours later for internal bleeding. To save my life, surgeons cut me hip to hip and took out or moved around my internal organs I was later told a second surgeon was called in, it took almost 3 hours to stop my bleeding, I was dead on the table, and I had 5 blood transfusions - 3 were from the blood that was suc…

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An Interview With Transformational Coach Jenn Taylor

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Jenn Taylor is Mom Of 18 (yes, 18 kids!), a Transformational Coach for Christian Women, and the host of At A Crossroads with The Naked Podcaster — a 4-year podcast to uplift others in their struggles. Her goal is to help others get through life’s struggles faster, easier, and with more support (and joy!).

Jenn is also a motivational speaker, has written the blog “Mom’s Running It” for over 9 years, and is a published author of a self-help memoir “Hello, My Name Is… Warrior Princess” — which she…

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Terrible, Tragic, Grief-Laden Loss To Living Life More Deliberately

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As far back as I can remember, I had a recurring dream of a shy, blue-eyed little girl. The dreams were always the same, I would see her, and yet I was still looking for her. I would be in a grocery store, see her, and then she would disappear down an aisle. When I went to look down the aisle, she wouldn’t be there. I would feel disappointed but then look up and see her peeking out of a completely different aisle. I would wake up from dreaming about this sweet, shy, blue-eyed little girl feeling…

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Why In The World Would You Want To Live Full-Time In An RV?

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One question we’re asked often is why would we want to live full-time in an RV, in approximately 220 sq ft. The real answer is — we’re not sure — although there is a story behind the decision and a glimpse into the journey.

We began minimalism over 6 1/2 years ago due to overwhelming stress. After blending families and having 12 kids at home, we realized I was “saving things for when the kids move out” and refinishing furniture I didn’t resell — and we just had too much stuff for the size of th…

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The Woven Intricacies Of Finding My Path With God

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I was under the age of 6 — I know this as that’s the age when my parents would divorce — sitting alone outside on the porch steps offering up a heartfelt running commentary. “Jennifer, who are you talking to?”, my Mother asked. “Jesus.”, I replied. In the innocence of my child’s heart, what I was doing was absolutely normal — I fervently believed that everyone sat and chatted away with Jesus. It was as if my faith was woven into my DNA — an innate part of who I was.

Being raised in a Christian …

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Balancing Work, Home, Kids, And That Elusive Thing Called Self-Care

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Do you drive home from work, using that much-needed time to decompress, to shift gears from “corporate mindset” to “Mommy mode”? To a house that needs to be cleaned up, to kids who need help with homework, disputes, laundry, showers, processing of emotions, discipline, and love. Do you gear up to make dinner, get things in order, connect with the kids and do all the things necessary just to maintain? Perhaps in the shift of world events, you’re working from home with kids, trying to figure out d…

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8 Ways to Stay Motivated After Setting Goals

If you're 6-months into your New Year goals and that piece of paper has fallen off the fridge, or you stopped going to the gym or feel like your motivation and momentum have slowed, I have eight steps to help boost your motivation.



Have a plan, and be specific.

Your goals can't be “I want to work out” or “I want to lose weight.” They should be written, “I'm going to take three classes at the gym a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays,” or “I want to lose 20 pounds by this …

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First Time RV'er — Living Fulltime in our RV!


We began our process to go tiny in February 2015, during what is now fondly remembered as “The Purge.” 18 kiddos have been in our home long-term. When we began our downsizing journey, we had 12 living at home. That's pretty epic and probably pretty gutsy.




Our minimalism journey was born from stress. Many people embrace minimalism for financial reasons or to leave a smaller footprint, which is fantastic ideals. But ours was solely due to reducing ove…

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What A Movie Taught Me About Being A Business Owner

I decided to watch the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory through the eyes of the owner of the business — Willy Wonka. I learned some interesting lessons that gave me ideas on how to think a little differently in my own business.


1. Create curiosity.

Willy Wonka created suspense, mystery, and curiosity. It was very exciting — his doors have been shut for three years, and then he has this great contest. The people who win will get to spend a day in his f…

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10 Ways Couples Can Keep Their Relationship Spicy

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I get asked often how Dane and I have such a positive, thriving relationship. To make sure I’m completely transparent, this isn’t my first relationship; I'm divorced more than once. Reverse engineered made me an expert on how to have a successful relationship. Ironic, how that worked out?

Another thing that made me an expert on this topic is that Dane and I didn’t always have a good relationship. Our relationship, like many, went from really good, not good, bad, super awful, ugly, splitting up,…

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