Lisa-Jo Baker

Believes motherhood should come with a super hero cape. Community manager for (in)courage. Cheerleader for you. Lover of all ice cream. Everywhere.
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My decade of the baby years is finally over. I didn’t know this is what came next. After a decade of sleep deprivation I didn’t know there’d be all this fascination waiting on the other side. All these unique conversations around the dinner table about the life span of koi fish and the various poison levels of different snake species. I didn’t know that I’d learn more about soccer from my nearly ten-year-old than I’ve ever learned in the last 40 years of my life. I didn’t know he knew so much. Turns out my kids are funny with a wry sense of humor. And always with the fart jokes. But that they’re also deeply curious about faith and why we believe all the things we say. They push me to keep figuring out better answers. For them but more and more for myself. Post #2 in my back-to-blogging 10 day series is now up on the blog. Photo by my mother in law. πŸ’•πŸ’•
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kylie0526 : I love this!! Yes, so so true! (My oldest will be 10 in December!)
katybrunkard : I'm deep in the trenches of sleep deprivation and toddler-hood. It's nice to hear of the rainbows on the other side :)
milnermama : I have a taste of this, with my seven-year-old. Isn't amazing how much they can surprise you? I hold on to this, as I stumble my bleary eyed way through with my 3 year old & 2 month old!
thirdculturemama : Life after sleep deprivation @e.heckman and @cbrumme!
vanderbiltwife : My youngest is not yet 2 1/2, but we are probably done having kids. I am scared to leave the baby phase! But ... I am glad to hear there is life after chunky cheeks and baby cuddles.
abartek27 : Loved this post! Thanks for the hope :)
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There was a terrible storm last night. Tons of branches came down around our place. And I was tempted to go wake our kids up and force them to come and snuggle with me. But we woke up this morning to blue skies and this one verse/song I can't get out of my head. Because I think it is especially true in our storms yes? "His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me." Matthew 10:29-31. In the words of my Zoe, "I can't wait to ask God one day how many hairs are on my head."
girlwithblog : Amen, Zoe girl.
lindsaybcook : So comforting!
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Two women I esteem so deeply are both sending books out into the world today. @sarahmaewrites speaks to any of us who've ever daydreamed of another life (raises hand) in her book: Longing for Paris. @amberchaines tells the story of a God who doesn't need our pretty bows to try and tidy up our messy stories. Instead He meets us in them. Her book is: Wild In The Hollow. If you're looking to reconnect honestly with the God who writes our unique stories, these two books would be a beautiful place to start.
sabrina.mixson.nelson : Yay!!β™‘β™‘
jacque_watkins : Love.
lorildunham : Can't wait to get mine... Both arriving today.
stormie726 : Want them both so badly!!
jbaeh45 : They are both on my list to read. Hoping the library carries them.
susiemiller5 : Love the sisterhood and support for your friends!
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When your nearly 10-year-old crashes in the car on the way home from eight hours of soccer camp you get crazy excited because it's an excuse to carry him into the house like you haven't done in years!!! And you're impressed that you can actually wrangle all those long, gangly limbs. πŸ’•πŸ’• #surprisedbymotherhood
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amanda_lutz : Yes!
mzcgrl : And you even managed a photo too!
traciveek : YES!! πŸ’•swoonπŸ’• Take any chance you can get!
mamasunshine15 : Love this...and I'm so impressed at your strength! :) @lisajobaker
bhollick : I don't think I could love this more! My guy is 6 and I feel the same way when I get to hold him!!
_sweetsimplelife_ : My son turns 10 tomorrow! I blinked and he is 10. Sigh.
elizabethcravillion : AND take a selfie? Haha!
lisajobaker : @mzcgrl @mamasunshine15 @elizabethcravillion I was determined to record the moment!!! πŸ˜†πŸ˜† - nicoleddunn - anne_reneegumley - joyisstrengthandlove -
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It seems to me that 99% of writing is just being willing to show up. Some days you come barefoot and wondering if you have anything worth saying. But showing up is a victory in and of itself. I showed up again today after two weeks of travel and I hope to keep showing up the next 10 days in a row to get back in the groove. Slowly. One step at a time. (In other words, there's finally a new blog post πŸ˜†πŸ˜†)
mindyrogerswrites : @beckykeife you encourage me to "show up" 😊😊
beckykeife : @mindyrogerswrites love you, girl!! When you show up God uses you to bless others big time. πŸ‘ŠπŸ˜˜
lbonnema23 : Thank you for this!
lisajobaker : @loribrownharris1 I'd love the company 😘
loribrownharris1 : @lisajobaker You got it. πŸ’•
samileedm : Thank you for this!! Just what I needed today :)
_teresa_coelho : Amen
mamasunshine15 : Look forward to reading it....but thankful you could take a break. :)
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Aaaaaaahhhhh my brother and my nephew. Photos out of South Africa this morning. Ahhhhhhhhh squishable!!!! #SamIAm
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lisamilman : The.cutest.
annvoskamp : LOOOOOK at THAT SMILE!!! #surprisedbymotherhood 😍😍
lisajobaker : @annvoskamp @lisamilman right???? Dying from that smile!!!!
bluelunacafe : That grin!!!! @lisajobaker
mommastew27 : Oh my gosh, I hope you get to see him soon!
kuliejellogg : That is an adorably happy smile - and the baby ain't bad, either. :) Is your brother #surprisedbyfatherhood ?
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Finding all three squished up on the old crib that's now used as their reading bench is enough to make me grab hard and fast at the invisible receding coat tails of time. We bought that crib a decade ago in South Africa for the boy who is now big enough to be reading to his siblings and graduating into double digits this month. It's traveled with us from South Africa to Michigan to Virginia and now in Maryland tonight I am a living cliché because moms, it really does go by that fast! #surprisedbymotherhood
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kimberlysauls : Oh yes! @lisajobaker It does! My big boy starts his senior year on Thursday and my baby, his sophomore year. My heart can hardly take it. Best years and hardest.
marykspeck : What a cool idea to make old crib a reading bench!
nicolarothmann : Wow! Love the South African words that I can spot on your wall. Do you teach them Afrikaans?
clgthompson : So sweet. Makes me tear up. Miss those days.
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Those last whispers of light....
redandhoney : My absolute favourite time of day. Also, a favourite song of mine by the talented @shaungroves - "Twilight" which I enjoyed live at a Toronto concert back in my college days at Tyndale. Such a great song. πŸ’—
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The thing about the long, slow process of moving into a new house is that for one room to look like a neat, pretty, princess dream in pink other rooms will look like the chaotic, mishmash of leftovers that have all been shoved out of sight. I've made my peace with this process. One slow room at a time. There is no rush. There are no "move in" police. Amen.
jennapeony : The bed frame is so pretty!
heyjoyfulmama : Amen!
beckykeife : No move in police, amen!! πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘Š So thankful for that because we moved more than a year and a half ago and still haven't decorated the boys' rooms and there may or may not be boxes to be sorted in the bottom of my closet. So you're doing great, mama!! 🌟🌟🌟
angieryg : @lisajobaker ~ That room looks so "quieted" and ready for your princess! Thank you @thenester for my decorating vocabulary. β™‘ #babystepsforthewin
amartin1023 : We moved at the end of last March. Still not where I want to be in that process 😜
crystalbelle5 : Three years later and we still have spaces like that. Lol
heatha100 : True story. Two months in and finally painting girks room with paint bought two months ago;)
servingfromhome : Here here!!
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Signs of summer.
se7en_hoods : Le sigh... Beautiful!!!
raisethemwell : Peaches yum!
simplicitymom : Delicious
fancyfreedomdesigns : That is such a beautiful picture in every way!
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