Courage to Let Them Be Different

Rushing them to the van, I explained that this time Mommy really needed to be on time. They walked slowly, grabbing their old shoes along the way. You know the shoes with the worn toes, the ones that have been ran around in all summer and from our house, the ones with maybe just a little chicken poop. You know, the shoes that belong in the backyard. Read more...

The Bigger Picture of Motherhood

As Mothers, our best efforts in life are spent on those we love - leaving us satisfied, worn out and smiling! I have felt this way many times over the years. However, if Mom isn’t refreshed then things don’t run as smoothly and our satisfied, worn out smile becomes well, you know, not pretty! There is a saying, “If mama isn’t happy then nobody’s happy!” There may be some truth to this. Read more...

From Down and Dirty to Delirious and Dancing

On this week of “Refreshing” I’ve been praying a lot about what it means to me to be refreshed. Truly refreshed! So I thought of how I love to take loooong hot baths, or go for looong walks. I love to go on Women’s Retreats and I love to go out to dinner with my husband….when we can afford it. I also LOVE to cook and garden, so you can see I have lots of “things” I do to be refreshed in my day to day life. Read more...

Helping Your Children Live Their Story Well

Each of us is given a unique story to live. We don't get to choose it. But we do get to choose how we will live it. The same is true for your kids. Is it hard to embrace your story right now? How about your child’s story? Do you struggle with the social media comparison game? Do you worry about that with your kids? What (if anything) have you done to combat it? Read more...

The Fine Art of Blame Shifting

One of the perennial problems in marriage is the fine art of blame-shifting. And the reason we are so good at it is because our first parents were so good at it. God asks Adam what happened after he sinned, and Adam replies, it was the woman you gave me. Then God asks the woman what happened and she said it was that serpent that tempted me. And ever since then we have mastered the art of blaming others. Read more...

A Tale of Two Mornings

I'd like to tell you two short stories. This first one begins at 7:06am and it features a mommy who is sleeping comfortably. Light is shining through her window, she has a pillow over her ears and down the hall, two little kids have just woken up. One of those kids is giggling, while jumping on the bunk bed and another is opening and closing drawers, while pulling all sorts of clothes out. He's trying to decide which outfit would most help him resemble Luke Skywalker and clothes are flying everywhere in the process. Read more...

Pressing Our Face To The Glass

The first time I visited the Amazon jungle I had no idea the way it would change my life. I suppose it goes back to the idea of how encountering a world vastly different from your own will always change you. Read more...

A Working Mom Dilemma

I walked through the door on Monday feeling good about getting a workout in after work. “How are the kids?” I asked my husband. He responded, “Well, Mason threw up four times.” Here are the thoughts that ran through my head... 1) I am glad he wasn’t in the gym childcare! 2) Great, selfish me decided to workout and clearly my little boy needed me. 3) I have an important meeting in the morning. Who is going to stay home with him? And so it begins…a working mom dilemma. Read more...

When Life gets Messy

I am a step mom. If it sounds a little like I’m introducing myself at an A.A. meeting, that isn’t so far away from how it feels. These words often require work for me to own, because they acknowledge a “blip” in our family structure. Read more...

Not JUST a Mom

“I get the feeling that you really don’t like being just a mom.” The words my husband spoke were concise and piercing. He had seen something deep in the heart of me, and now was the time to purge it from my soul and bring it out into the light. Did I really like being just a mom? Did I really find joy in the laundry and lunch making, toy clean up, diaper changing, and….you get the point. I thought for a moment on this, and the answer that stumbled out of my mouth next surprised even me. “You’re right, I don’t like just being a mom.” Read more...

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