I still remember that positive pregnancy test...tiptoeing back to the bedroom and trying to quiet my excited, pounding heart while I waited for my sweet husband to wake up. From the moment I shared our life-changing news with him, pure joy and anticipation filled our home. Every day was spent counting down the days--first, the … Continue reading 3 Things I Wish I Had Known About My First Baby
If I think about it, there are a lot of circumstances I might regret as a mom--how I handled something, how I responded--the list might fill a book. But I'm convinced I'm supposed to live with no regrets--especially when it comes to motherhood. And I'm convinced you can live with no regrets too. The New … Continue reading No Regrets.
"I had a bad dream," my almost-six-year-old daughter cried as she walked into our room in the ungodly hours of the morning. My sweet husband gently put her back in bed and prayed with her. The next evening, she mentioned the bad dream. "There was a rock monster. It was in our back yard and … Continue reading Jesus Has a Message for Busy Moms
The brilliance of the show This is Us is the use of universal themes. We can all relate to parts of the show--if not all of it--at times. Tragedy mixed with normal life, relationships stretched to breaking points, and family dynamics that resemble our own: there's literally something for everyone. It's downright brilliant. Jack and … Continue reading I’m Married to Jack from This is Us…And I Know His Secret
Have you read the story about the family whose pictures were touched up so badly that they don't look human anymore? We all giggled with a tiny shriek of horror as we saw the cartoon-like faces. I mean, one can't help but wonder what that photographer was thinking. And now, bless her heart, she is … Continue reading Photoshopped
Home. It's such a warm word. It's the place where we feel safe, where our children feel safe. It's where we can actually be ourselves, isolated from the rest of the world with all of its criticism and danger and stress. I don't know what your picture of "home" is, and I don't know how … Continue reading A Little Bit of Heaven on Earth
You told us you were going to be moving weeks ago, but the "For Sale" sign in your yard made it seem like a reality. When you told us you'd accepted an offer after the first weekend your home was on the market, we knew it wasn't just a possibility--it was really happening. And my … Continue reading Dear Neighbor,
The struggle is real. No kiddin'. Between the classroom Christmas parties and programs and events and potlucks---it's no wonder we (moms) feel like we lose the meaning of Christmas every year. It's as if culture says, "Moms, you aren't busy enough. Let's add the pressure of special events, shopping, traffic, baking, memory-making, and volunteering to … Continue reading 3 Practical Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas
My memories of Christmas involve helping my mom in the kitchen of our (less than a thousand square foot) home. Amy Grant's A Christmas Album was playing on the cassette player on the counter, and we were elbow-deep in wrapping paper and trimmings or homemade cookie dough. Snow covered the ground outside, but the warmth coming from … Continue reading How to Create the Perfect Christmas
If you're a parent with a child in school, you will at some point disagree with the teacher on some issue. It may be a big deal, or it may be a minor thing--but the way you, as the parent, handle the issue can have lasting effects on your child. I am a mom and … Continue reading How to Handle a Disagreement With Your Child’s Teacher (the RIGHT way)
The other day I asked my class of 9th graders what they would ask for if they could have anything in the world. Most answered the way you'd expect: money, cars, jobs at Disney. (They are 9th graders, after all.) A few of them guessed that I was leading into the story of Solomon, who … Continue reading If You Could Have Anything….
I don't know about you, but every year, after the holidays have passed, I am overwhelmed with a variety of emotions. I feel a great sense of relief that the season is over---but a little bit of sadness as well—because, well, it's over. I always feel a little concerned that the whole year might be remembered … Continue reading 5 Things Moms Should Do During the Holidays