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ByJennifer A. Janes

Whose Side Are You On?

I started reading Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst recently, as part of Proverbs 31 Ministries’ latest online Bible study. (If you haven’t done a study with them before, you should consider it! Click here for more information.) It was the subtitle that caught my attention: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Raw Emotions. Is there a mama alive who doesn’t need some wisdom in the middle of the mess of daily life?

Whose Side Are You On? "I have to make the decision, once and for all, that I’m on God’s side and I trust Him, no matter what." - Jennifer A. Janes - Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven

A passage in chapter two hit me right where I’m living. (Doesn’t God often do that when we pick up something to read or study?)

If we determine that, no matter what, we’re on God’s side, it settles the trust issue in our hearts. And if we ground ourselves in the reality that we trust God, we can face circumstances that are out of our control without acting out of control. We can’t always fix our circumstances, but we can fix our minds on God. We can do that.

Lysa TerKeurst, Unglued

I have so much facing me right now. There are giants in my life that are staring me down, threatening to take me down. I’m determined to make it through to the other side with God’s help, victorious. The only way I’m going to do that is to quit looking at my circumstances, at the very things in my life that are trying to take me down into the pit of discouragement and despair, and look up. I have to make the decision, once and for all, that I’m on God’s side and I trust Him, no matter what. Only then can I come through the fires of adversity unscathed.

What do you think, mamas? Let’s quit looking at everything that we’re frustrated or disappointed about, everything we’re worrying and fretting about, the fear that lurks in the pit of our bellies every moment of every day. Instead of focusing on all of that, let’s spend time in the Word, praying with each breath, playing praise music and singing (and dancing!) our way through our days, confident that our Father has everything under control and we can trust Him. He is faithful, and He is good.

I’m going to do it. I’m going to follow the instructions in Romans 12:2 and 2 Corinthians 10:5 and work on my thought life. I’m going to remember who’s in charge here and choose to live a faith-filled life. I won’t perfect this walk overnight, but I’m willing to try.

Are you with me?


Let’s Chat! 2 NEW Facebook Groups From RSHTH

Over the last few years, I have joined more than a few Facebook groups.

I am in Facebook groups for homeschooling, sewing, chronic illness, alumni of schools I attended… the list goes on and on.


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All of these groups are great, but I have often thought that I wish there was a group for Christian women everywhere. Where we can lift each other up and chat. A place where someone could post a prayer request and know that those who saw the request would be reaching Heaven in prayer for them.

I also wanted another type of group. An online support group for non-custodial moms where we can talk about the challenges that only we know.

It was actually part of my original plan in establishing Raising Sticky Hands to Heaven to create a community, but for some odd reason I didn’t feel “good enough” to do this. I finally realized that I needed to just create the groups, and this week I did.

Would you like to join us?

CLICK HERE to join RSHTH Christian Women’s Facebook Community.

You can find our RSHTH Non-Custodial Moms group by CLICKING HERE.

Simply click “JOIN” and we will approve your request as soon as we are able.

Hope to fellowship online with you soon!


The Ultimate Guide To The First Trimester Of Pregnancy: 10 Moms Share Tips And Advice

Nothing in life compares to that first trimester of pregnancy. Not even the other two trimesters. So many emotions come along with it, along with symptoms that you never knew were possible. It’s exhilarating, exciting, and yet can be downright depressing if you are so sick that you can’t function or the pregnancy was not planned. Even if you’ve been through it before, something may take you by surprise and leave you with questions. Who better to guide you than 10 experienced Moms from Sticky Hands Mommy Panel?


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Please note that NONE of us are medical professionals. Contact your doctor or midwife for official medical advice before trying something that we suggest.

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So just what is it that goes on during this mysterious time that is the first trimester of pregnancy? While it is talked about more now than it was in the past, there are still things that you may not have heard since a large percentage of women still keep their little secret to themselves until the trimester is over. (A few of us weren’t that patient, others were… I, for example, was always on the phone as soon as I found out… while the pregnancy test was still in my hand.) Read on to read the ultimate list of tips, advice, and facts that we feel you just HAVE to know!

The Ultimate Guide To The First Trimester of Pregnancy

  • You’re not crazy. – You may feel like you are, but you are not. Your hormones are just jumping all over the place, causing you to cry about anything and laugh about everything… neither at an appropriate time.
  • You may not get morning sickness. – Some people do, others don’t. That’s just how it is. If you don’t get queasy, that doesn’t mean that something is wrong with you or your baby… Nor does it mean that you won’t have it if you have another baby. Each and every pregnancy is as individual as each and every one of your children and will never be identical from one to the next.
  • This pregnancy may be completely different than any you had before. – Read above. 😉 Yes, we are repeating ourselves, but it really is something that may be hard to realize even if you already know it. If things are not going this time like they were another time, don’t panic. Shani, who is expecting right now, has said that her pregnancy this time is completely opposite of her pregnancy last time. With her oldest she had nearly no symptoms and this time she could probably check off every one on the list.In addition, never listen to other’s horror stories, kindly ask them to save them for after the baby is born. The chances of you having the same thing happen to you are slim and you do NOT need those thoughts in your head. Keep this time as peaceful as possible.
  • There’s a whole lot of discharge going on. – This is one of those things that most don’t talk about because it’s, well, gross. But it happens. TMI, I know… But you can’t really talk about pregnancy with other moms without involving TMI, as you will see more and more as we get deeper into this series. It may smell or look different than before. It is just your body doing what it’s supposed to do. However, if it has a foul odor or you have other symptoms of an infection, call your doctor or midwife.
  • Cramps and spotting sometimes happen. – With any spotting or severe cramping, call your doctor or midwife just in case.  But you will cramp, and it does not always mean miscarriage. Your body parts are moving around, growing, and adjusting. That’s not exactly comfortable, you know? But like we said, call your doctor or midwife if you have any concern. That’s what they’re there for!
  • Constant trips to the bathroom. – Chances are you know this by now, but just in case, we’ll tell you any way. The bathroom visits will let up a little in the second trimester, and then get worse in the third. Warning: Your bladder may never be the same. There’s a chance it will stay just as it is, but the majority of us are not so fortunate. Just remember that when your little peanut is a teen and makes you laugh so hard you pee your pants, you’ll be able to joke “YOU did this to ME!” Okay, maybe not, but either way know that you won’t be the only one. Also, while you may be peeing a lot, that may be all you are doing in there… All thanks to slow digestion. More on that in a minute… If it gets bad, ask your doctor or midwife if you are able to take a stool softener or use other natural methods to get things moving.
  • There are not enough hours in the day… for SLEEP! – You’re exhausted. Why? Because your body is working overtime to create that little person growing in you. That’s why you feel like you’ve just finished running a marathon when all you did was lay on the couch all day. (Well, when you weren’t running back and forth to the bathroom.) Give yourself grace and sneak in as much rest as you can. This can be especially hard if you have older children, obviously, but make time wherever you can. Your body and baby need all that rest you are craving. If you don’t rest now, you are going to be angry at yourself in the third trimester and when you are sleep deprived with a newborn, feeling as though you took rest for granted when you had the chance.
  • When it comes to prenatal vitamins, try gummy or chewable over capsules or caplets. – This is not only because of morning sickness, though if you do have morning sickness this is a great option, but also because when you are pregnant your digestive system slows down to barely moving. (Which also means a lot of gas! BEWARE!) The easier something is to digest, the less trouble it will give you overall. Gummies and chewables absorb into the body at a higher rate as well. During my last pregnancy, I preferred using Vitafusion Gummy Vitamins and usually took them after a meal so that they felt like a treat. Win/Win!
  • Drink as much water as you can stomach. – You may be nauseous and constantly peeing, but if you become dehydrated you’ll feel so much worse. Being someone that does not like water, I added a splash of juice to my water to make it more tolerable. Another great option would be water drops.
  • Pregnancy brain is real, so keep a journal. – Right now you might think that you will never forget anything about this pregnancy, but you will. Between pregnancy brain (Oh, it’s real alright! Just wait!) and the sleep deprivation coming in a few months, you’re going to forget a lot of things that later you will wish you remembered either for the sake of a memento or what you meant to ask your doctor or midwife about.
  • Invest in a good body pillow. – The type of pillow depends on your preference, but as your body shifts (even before you are showing!) you will have a hard time getting comfy. It also aids in keeping you from laying on your back. The options are endless from a wedge type support to a full blown total body pillow. Whatever you decide on, use one. You’ll see why once you start using it, and thank us for insisting on it.
  • Belly bands are awesome! – Self explanatory. 😉
  • So are books and apps! – And they are great to have for all that time you’ll be spending in the bathroom… Just sayin’. Some of our favorites are What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Pregnancy For Dummies, The Healthy Pregnancy Book, and the BabyBump Pregnancy App. Shani loves The Business of Being Born and it has inspired her to have a home birth this time around.
  • Morning sickness is brutal. Sadly, there is no cure. – Things that help? Oh yeah. But completely take it away? No. Morning sickness can range from as mild as queasy feeling here and there or just vomiting at the same time every day to needing a medication to keep you from becoming dehydrated/trips to the hospital for IV fluids/permanent PICC line/etc. Here are some tips we have to help with it. Once again, check with your doctor or midwife before doing any of these:
  1. When feeling terrible, breathe in your nose and out your mouth.
  2. Eat throughout the day and keep crackers (or something that is appetizing to you) next to the bed for when you wake up. An empty stomach is an angry stomach! It will revolt! Once it’s empty, it’s hard to reconcile with it. It has a mind of it’s own at this point, and it’s just as hormonal and moody as you are.
  3. Eat what you are craving. – Whatever it is may seem weird, like a lunch time food for breakfast. Go with it. Some believe that there is something in your craving that your body needs, and I believe that to be true… most of the time. Once again, remember that you don’t want an empty stomach. So if what you are craving feels like the only thing you can eat, go with it. But don’t be surprised if you hate the food tomorrow and never want to eat it again. Silly hormonal mood swingin’ stomach… It never knows what it wants.
  4. Be careful with homeopathic and natural remedies! – Always ask your doctor or midwife before trying anything! Just because something is natural does not mean that it is okay to use while pregnant. While we suggest awesome things like ginger capsules, sandalwood and/or ginger oil, and Pregnancy Herbal Tea (LOVE this stuff! So good!) or Ginger Tea, still check with your medical professional before using them. The “rules” of pregnancy are constantly changing, you know… Just ask your Mom what she was allowed or not allowed to do while pregnant.
  5. If your doctor or midwife approve, stock up on antacids and sour hard candies. – It may sound silly, but they really are a life saver… No pun intended. Those of us that have have been pregnant since their invention all insist that Preggie Pops have to be on this list, though old fashioned lemonheads (and similar type candy) will work in a pinch. Preggie Pops are not as loaded with sugar so they are a little easier to stomach. Antacids have a variety of benefits, but be careful because too many will just contribute to your constipation.
  6. Try to avoid sights and smells that will trigger nausea. – Easier said than done, right? Especially if you have kids. But do explain to your husband, family, and friends the importance of keeping these things off your radar, and whatever you do, avoid commercials! Blech!
  7. Acupressure wrist bands help! – Whether you choose Psi Bands, Sea-Bands, or another type of band, they will help. Best part? No worry about putting something in your body that’s bad for baby.
  8. Buy/recycle a canister or pitcher with flip top lid– My Mom came up with this when I was pregnant with my oldest. She had a brand new car and was afraid I would ruin it, so she bought me a pitcher with a flip lid and small trash bags. Insert a trash bag into the pitcher as you would a waste basket, snap on the top, and when you get sick just open the top. After, close it up until you reach a trash can. Keeps things a little less messy, the smell somewhat contained, and your mom’s new car still smelling new. I would suggest though that if you choose to use one that you have used in your kitchen that it does not have a lingering odor in it, because you won’t like that. Trust me.

Wow, that’s a lot of information, I know. But don’t be overwhelmed. Also remember that if you are in need of prayer, you are always welcome to submit a message to the Mommy Panel, email, message us on Facebook, or comment with your request.

If you are just finding out that you are pregnant and are in a predicament you were not ready for, please know that some of us have been there. There is nothing too big for God, and we are always here to talk if you need someone to chat with.


This post is just one of many posts in our

The Ultimate Guide To Pregnancy

Ultimate Guide To Pregnancy series!

Check back with us for some FREE, fun, and CUTE pregnancy printables! Some of those posts include:

The Ultimate Guide to the Second Trimester of Pregnancy - 10 Moms share tips and advice - Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven
The Ultimate Guide To The Second Trimester of Pregnancy

FREE Printable Pregnancy Planner

The Ultimate Packing List For Labor And Delivery – With FREE Printable


Any questions? What would you add to the list?





Have a question? Need advice? Introducing The Sticky Hands Mommy Panel!

I know, you’re sitting there thinking “Whaaa? ‘Sticky Hands Mommy Panel’ so women can get anonymous Christian advice? Weirdos… Why would I ask them anything?”

However, I think we’ve all been there at some point. We either needed help with an embarrassing subject, had no one in our lives that was able to relate to our thought or was momentarily unavailable, would like a second opinion, or maybe we just want prayer or are  in need of someone to bounce an idea off of.


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Motherhood is an adventure from the moment you begin thinking about it. An overwhelming adventure at that. There’s information overload everywhere you turn! Yet sometimes, the answers aren’t so obvious or clear, especially when it comes to being a Christian with some of those questions. How the world might feel about one topic may not rest well with you and you just need to ask someone.

Well, here we are friends. We’ve actually been here all along, but it only recently dawned on me that we haven’t been so clear that we are readily available.  No request is too small or silly. Have a question about pregnancy, devotionals, homeschooling, scripture, a past post, or anything else? Send it on in! We won’t bite. Promise.

I will state that we are NOT experts.  However, we have lived through experience. If we don’t know the answer, we will try our best to find someone who can.

Later this week we will begin our series on motherhood, from preconception to, well… we haven’t gotten that far… Be sure to come back and read along! We look forward to hearing from you!

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Review: Putting On The Spirit: Ten-Minute Devotions For Busy Moms

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Unless this is your first time here, you know I’m a busy mom. You see it in my Facebook statuses, Tweets, & frequently here on the blog as, well, the whole theme of Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven is about making time for God in the midst of being a busy mom.

Putting on the Spirit: Ten-Minute Devotions for Busy MomsSo it comes as no surprise that I’m excited to share my review of this book with you all today. Putting On the Spirit: Ten-Minute Devotions for Busy Moms, just released this week, is one of my most favorite devotional books yet.

Katie Hornor

Author Katie Hornor of Paradise Praises put together this study for moms like you and me. The mothers who have little time to catch a breath, let alone find time to spend in the Word. For the moms whose time is valuable and cannot be wasted by reading something that isn’t just right. The ones who sometimes have to read quickly while in the doctor’s waiting room, a few minutes before the family wakes, or maybe even in the bathroom with the door locked. She knew what we needed, because she is a busy mom herself. Most of all, she let the Lord speak through her and that is what makes this book so amazing.

Putting On the Spirit: Ten-Minute Devotions for Busy Moms

Each day’s reading takes about 10 minutes, just as the title says. Along with the workbook that is available for free to download, you will realize what the Bible says about the Fruits of The Spirit mentioned in Galatians while doing some soul searching. While going through Putting On the Spirit: Ten-Minute Devotions for Busy Moms I had so many “Aha!” moments that I did not anticipate. Without being preachy, Katie teaches us how to put on the whole spirit in our day to day lives by being down to earth and speaking the truth. I couldn’t wait to read each day and even found myself crying tears of joy some of those days. Quick, meaty, encouraging, and a blessing. Exactly what I needed!


This week only Putting On the Spirit: Ten-minute Devotions for Busy Moms is available for 99 cents! The book’s forward is by Heidi St. John and is also available in Spanish. I can’t recommend it enough! I even plan to go through it again each time my children study the fruits of the spirit in homeschool. It’s that good!


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Let’s Have A Party! Free Party Planning Printable

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There are so many free templates and printables out there for party planning. I know, because I’ve probably used all of them.

Having planned so many parties in the last few years, I’ve finally sat down and created my own. It’s not that the other printables weren’t good. It’s that if you have a large group of family and friends, like I do, you need a guest list slot that is looooong.

In addition, I added a few other things that I thought were helpful. I didn’t want to have to make another printable for myself in the future, so I decided to knock it all out with this one hit. After I was done the light bulb went off in my head: “Someone else might want something like this! I should share it. Just in case.”

So here it is, from me to you, all for free.

Included is the following:

  • Guest list
  • Guest tracking of adults and children
  • Budget tracking
  • Venue information
  • Tables and seating information
  • Miscellaneous section, for things like bounce houses, etc.
  • Menu, including the option for a potluck party
  • Entertainment (Band, Comedian, Character)
  • Games
  • Shopping lists
  • Travel Arrangements
  • Notes

I also left blank spaces in every section to add in more items… because every party requires it’s own options!

Are you like me, throwing a lot of parties? What do you look for in a party planning sheet?

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GIVEAWAY! Scentsy Scent Sampler Winner’s Choice Of Scents

It’s day 4 of our Happy Blogiversary week! Are you enjoying it? Be sure to enter all the giveaways!

Today’s giveaway is for 1 Scentsy Scent Sampler. The winner gets to choose the scents of each item.

The items included are 1 Scent Circle, 1 Travel Tin, 1 Room Spray, 1 Fragrance Foam, 1 Scent Pak, 1 Solid Perfume.

Did you notice the fragrance foam? Yeah, that’s hand sanitizer… that smells amazing… PERFECT for “Sticky Hands“! 😉 (Har har har…)

Like we said before, a Mom can never have too many things that smell great around the house…

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Making Changes

Lately I’ve been reading (when I’m able to find time) The Good Wife’s Guide by Darlene Schacht who blogs over at Time-Warp Wife. (Expect a review from Emily or myself soon!) For some time I’ve wanted to make a lot of changes in my day to day life that she points out in this book, but haven’t done it. Why? Probably because of 2 things. 1, I’m lazy. 2, I HATE change.

2 months ago we moved into our home. We’re still not fully unpacked. Homeschool still hasn’t resumed. (We will be resuming Monday though, come hell or high water!) And life is just still in a transitional phase that I’m flat out sick of.

To say I’m overwhelmed would be an understatement.

One of the things that Darlene mentions in her book is to force yourself to go to bed early and rise early in order to get more done… even if you’re a night owl. DING DING DING! That’s me! I need to do that!

I can’t imagine what all I would be able to do if I were to get out of bed 2 hours before my kids. The cleaning, the lesson planning, breakfast ready… but most importantly quiet time with the Lord before I start the day.

Starting tonight, I’m going to bed early. I’m not excited about it, but it has to be done. I’m going to get out of bed before the kids in the morning and see how much I can do. I’ll post tomorrow how it went. Pray that it works!

Have you ever had to make a change you weren’t fond of for the sake of your family routine? Share with us!


His Favorite Song

In the past few weeks, my 8 month old daughter has decided she is determined to say “Daddy”. Not Da Da or Dad. Daddy. She yells it, whispers it, babbles it, and most of all… sings it.

During the same time, I’ve been singing a lot. For a few days I felt spiritually dry and I felt that was the only way I could get past it. I began to wonder, “Does he hear me? Is it enough?”

Later that afternoon my sweet husband, a wonderful father, walked in the room and said to our sweet baby, “Oh sweetheart! That’s my favorite song! Sing it some more! I love it when you sing that song.” Instantly I felt God speak to my heart. That is exactly how he feels when we sing! He’s so proud, happy, and blessed by our worship! While we may think we’re just babbling out lyrics and no one hears them, He does. And He LOVES it!

How often we forget it’s about Him and blessing Him. Not what it does for us.

Ever since that day, I’ve had a song on my heart that I’ve been singing repeatedly. I feel I should share it, because it sums up what I’m trying to get across perfectly. Enjoy!

When I Hear The Praises Start
Keith Green

My son, My son, why are you striving
You can’t add one thing to what’s been done for you
I did it all while I was dying
Rest in your faith, my peace will come to you

For when I hear the praises start
I want to rain upon you
Blessings that will fill your heart
I see no stain upon you
Because you are my child and you know me
To Me you’re only holy
Nothing that you’ve done remains
Only what you do for Me

My child, My child, why are you weeping
You will not have to wait forever
That day and that hour is in My keeping
The day I’ll bring you into Heaven

For when I hear the praises start
My child, I want to rain upon you
Blessing that will fill your heart
I see no stain upon you
Because you are My child and you know me
To me you’re only holy
Nothing that you’ve done remains
Only what you do in Me

My precious bride, the day is nearing
When I’ll take you in My arms and hold you
I know there are so many things that you’ve been hearing
But you just hold on to what I have told you

For when I hear the praises start
My bride, I want to rain upon you
Blessings that will fill your heart
I see no stain upon you
Because you are My child, and you know Me
To me you’re only holy
Nothing that you’ve done will remain
Only what you do for me



Good Ol’ Writer’s Block

So here I sit: Waiting. Thinking. Typing a few words, hitting the back space button, and staring at the screen. Rinse and repeat.

I’ve been like this for a few weeks now. I have ideas, but don’t know how to put them into words. I’m praying, but not feeling lead into anything. Nothing is the norm lately… Everything is in limbo as we wait to move to a new home. Homeschool, business, crafting, cooking, life. Everything…

I haven’t even decorated for Christmas yet. If you know me personally, you know that’s a big deal.

For now, I’m going to keep my focus on God. I’ll let him continue to tell me what to write and when to write. What to say and when to say it. Everything. In fact, I’m beginning to realize, through all of this he is teaching me a HUGE lesson.

Does this ever happen to you? You feel dry? Your mind is going a million different directions instead of keeping in focus?

God bless you all. May we all enter our weekend with our focus on Him, and complete our weekend refreshed, focused, and at peace. Amen!