So that no one walks alone

“I’m bored.” “She’s an idiot. Why does she want to go to the pool so much.” “You are the worst brother ever. You don’t ever want to do anything” “You are stupid. I am sick of sitting by this stupid, stupid pool, stupid head.” When they are not fighting over who gets the hour of [...]

Mom: One beautiful, slimy, mess

I have a confession when it comes to the idea of the “perfect” mom. It has to do with my kitchen. Well, let me be honest, the downstairs portion of my house. The parts of the house that people can see. See, I have this deep hatred of slime-making. For about 4 months this summer [...]

Letting words speak encouragement

Critics. We all have them. Some more than others. For some, it seems that no matter what you do, what choice you make, how you speak...someone is always on the fringes, just waiting and looking for a chink in your armor. It is enough to make a person crack under the pressure. To turn and [...]

Where Have You Been?

I have a bit of an addiction. I love thrift shopping. I have been known to plan shopping trips around the closest Goodwill (and Starbucks), and I frequent the one down the road from me quite a bit. It was on a rare occasion that I recently managed to drag my kids with me. Usually, [...]


Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 My name is January. I am an approval addict. I want to be liked. I want to be [...]

A Friend at All TImes

"M made me cry today on the bus." This is the first thing my daughter says to me as she holds back tears on her last day of school. "What do you mean? Why did she make you cry?" "Well, she wouldn't let our other friend sit with me!" I'll be honest. There was a [...]

Speak Life

I have a confession to make. It is probably a confession that could easily apply to many a man or woman, Christian or not. I am a gossip. I am a Negative Nancy. There is a lot of unwholesome talk that comes out of my mouth. And I don't think that it is any coincidence [...]