May 30, 2016 KimHarms

Proverbs 18:4 The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters;     the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.   “He’s 14, and he’s taken to grunting.” Yep, those words came out of my husband’s mouth on a recent double-date, and they are oh so accurate. It is amazing how much can be said in a grunt. There’s the “yes” grunt, the “no” grunt, the “I’m so tired” grunt, the “I don’t care” grunt. I could go on, but you moms out there with teen boys probably know exactly what I’m talking about. Grunting is not my preferred form of…

November 30, 2015 KimHarms 2Comment

Proverbs 9:9 Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning. My kids aren’t big fans of the 8:00 – 3:00 school day routine. (It’s boring, they say.) And it perplexes them that they must go to school for nine months of the year while summer break lasts only three months. In their minds, to be fair, school should be six months of the year and break should fill the other six. They wouldn’t say that they think learning is fun, but my oldest son found an appreciation…

November 16, 2015 KimHarms 1Comment

I missed Boy Mom Monday last week because I was 3300 miles away from my boys in Port au Prince, Haiti. I just returned from my trip and, in lieu of a devotion, I am posting something I wrote in 2008 for my column in the local paper. Maybe some of you can relate 🙂   It all started with the Boy Wonder. In the fall of 2005, my mom made Batman and Robin costumes for my two boys. The two-year-old became smitten with Robin. I remember the morning I was awakened at the crack of dawn to my son, standing…

September 28, 2015 KimHarms 2Comment

Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good when it is in your power to act.   Many years ago my husband gave free guitar lessons to a young teen he met through our church youth group. That teen came to our house once a week to play guitar and often stayed afterwards to eat dinner with us. I didn’t really like the boy.  (Sometimes I’m just a jerk on the inside while I’m serving on the outside.) I didn’t like the idea of Corey giving his time to him, and I struggled with my attitude as I passed him the potatoes. But…

September 10, 2015 KimHarms

Join me on Mondays starting September 14, as I begin a journey through Proverbs in prayer for my boys. Each Monday I’ll share one verse, a short devotional story and a prayer on behalf of my crazy beloved man-children. I’d love to have you come along and pray your boys through Proverbs too.

August 21, 2015 KimHarms

I’m over on  The Mid at Scary Mommy today giving advice to my younger self. Feel free to check it out. An author/teacher whom I have an immense amount of respect for said that the best advice he ever got as a writer was, “You must be willing to walk down the street naked.” Every time a piece of me goes out into the world of cyber-space via an article I’ve written, I have a better understanding of what that statement means.

July 10, 2015 KimHarms 2Comment

I started it a year ago, but it’s complete and installed now and that’s what counts right? All it took to motivate me was a funky smell in my boy’s bedroom which necessitated the removal of all items in search of possible culprits. The miscreant is still a mystery, but the bedroom is darn clean and smelling fresh. Plus, now there is a designated place for hanging weapons. Something every eight-year-old needs.

June 10, 2015 KimHarms 2Comment

Tonight begins Middle School Moms group at my house. (I know it’s a terribly creative name isn’t it?) As I sit wondering about the moms I’m going to get to know better and the kids I’m going to have the opportunity to pray for this summer, I am reminded of this poem I wrote a couple years ago. A poem about a little boy who still lives in the world where holding mama’s hand in public is as natural as giggling with his friends. I have one boy who holds my hand still, but time moves fast, and middle-schoolers love their mama in…

May 28, 2015 KimHarms 2Comment

The Harms and Skow boys in a rare moment of stillness.   My friend (the one I wrote about here) recently reworked some children’s poems for The Des Moines Moms Blog. She is one of the few people in the this world who can make me laugh and cry at the same time, which is just what I did when I read these for the first time the other day.  If you are in the mood for a good laugh/cry, read on… “You Are My I Love You” – (Original) Maryann K. Cusimano I am your…

May 20, 2015 KimHarms

My article, Raising Strong, Christian Boys: 5 Ways I’m Building Up My Sons’ Character, went live at Today’s Christian Woman today. I love it that I am blessed with the opportunity to write for Today’s Christian Woman. Sometimes I can’t believe I get to write my heart, and get paid to do it 🙂 However, every time I write a parenting article, this little voice inside my head says, “Your kids haven’t grown up yet. You still have plenty of time to screw them up.” I silence it with prayer, and the knowledge that God is in control, and I…