The Top 10 TheBamBlog posts for 2016

I love list-articles and end of the year wrap-ups. So here’s one for TheBamBlog.
These are my top 10 posts for the year per number of views: Self-Care, ADHD, Marriage, Motherhood, Homeschool vs. Public School, Autism, and Christianity.

Yep, sounds about right.

10. My 30s suddenly got very expensive (and why I’m okay with that)
“I had to realize the truth: my body was changing. Though I am far from “old,” I am getting older.”

9. 6 Ways to Cope when your child is “Too Much”
“The “H” is strong in our house (Hyperactivity) and I need a lot of tools in my parenting tool belt to help me manage the “Too Much” my kids offer on a daily basis. Here are 6 things that work for us (sometimes…!)”

8. Advice I would give myself as a young bride (10 years later!)
#1. Don’t throw away his stuff.

7. Say “Congratulations”: Every Baby, Every Time
(From 2014!) And every baby, no matter if it is the first, third, sixth, tenth, or more, should be accepted as a miracle and gift. Without judgment, without eye-rolling, rude comments, or snide remarks. Just celebration. Just “Congratulations.”

6. When I asked my grandmother if she missed the little years
“Feeling the pang of my 21st century enjoy-every-minute-because-it-ends-so-soon mothering sensibilities, I asked my grandmother, “But when it ended, did you miss it?”

5. I love my children enough not to homeschool 
“I felt like I wasn’t enough. If I was, then I would homeschool, because that is what good, dedicated, passionate, creative mothers did. And I knew–I knew–I was all of those things but the disconnect between myself and my sons infuriated and baffled me.”

4. Sex and Self-Control (it’s not just for BEFORE the wedding night)
“Before I got married, I thought waiting for sex was about avoiding a pregnancy scare or STIs or guilt. I thought it was about doing what God said because he said “thou shalt not.””

3. Christian Mom, Public School parent (it doesn’t have to be an oxymoron)

“Are you a Christian public school parent? Me too. It’s ok to raise your hand and admit it. We’re in this together, walking this path, making good choices for our kids, teaching them to love God and love others with intentionality.”

2. 10 Signs of High Functioning Autism that I missed (part 1, part 2, part 3)
“Looking back, though, I really didn’t know what to look for. What I didn’t know then was that lists of symptoms on websites like Autism Speaks are very general. Every kid with Autism is different but there are certain signs that I would recognize now if I saw them in my child or perhaps another child.
Here are 10 signs of (High Functioning) Autism that I missed in my son that, looking back, I see were part of his Autistic tendencies.”

1. God is not at the top of my priority list  (This post blew me away. Currently at 27,000+ views!)
“Put God first” is common advice for Christians to give one another. We want to please God, be “good” Christians, and to do that, we have to “put God first.” Anything else is idolatry, right? But what does it really mean to “put God first”?

BONUS: My favorite 4 part series of the year: The Story of How I Became a Military Wife
The day I stopped crushing my husband’s dreams
You don’t know until you try
Three Percent
True Love Bends

Thank you, dear readers, for reading my blog and for making this my best blogging year ever. I love each one of you. Thank you for your likes, comments, and encouragemnet. It means more to me than you know.

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