Relax and Thrive on Crazy

"The only true gift is a portion of thyself." Ralph Waldo Emerson I have started to notice something about myself in recent years. Relax? It's not necessarily something I know how to do. From one job to two, schoolwork to ministry, kids to housework, to being a wife…well, there isn't much time to relax. When [...]

Being a Mom is Tough…Period!

"The world is full of women blindsided by the unceasing demands of motherhood, still flabbergasted by how a job can be terrific and torturous." Anna Quindlen Last week, I shared my heart about the struggles, heartache, misunderstandings, and even envy that can come with being the caregiver of an autistic child. While, I don't regret [...]

The Wails of the Lonely

The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. Psalm 34:17 I recently had a conversation with a fellow mom about the chaos that often comes with motherhood. As we stood together talking, and as the conversation moved forward I began to share some of the struggles I [...]

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 [...]

We Will Get Through This…Together

And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:5 It never ceases to amaze me how the very promises I make to God, to my family, and to myself are so [...]

Good Enough for Me

I will build them up and not tear them down. I will plant them and not uproot them. Jeremiah 24:6 One of my childrens' afternoon routines is a list of chores that they split each day. One of the chores is to wipe down and tidy the table in the living room. This also means [...]

Just Go With the Flow, Mommy!

The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way? Proverbs 20:24 It's about 7:15 in the morning. I am getting ready to chaperone a field trip, and honestly have already started dreading every minute of it. See, my creature of routine and habit that is Hunter, does not do well [...]

This One’s for the Moms

This one is for the mothers. Those still wearing sweatpants at 4pm, and those walking around in stilettos. This one is for the moms. Those whose "work day" is spent at home cleaning, teaching, nurturing, and guiding, and those whose work day is spent away from home doing the same. This one is for the [...]

To-Do: Be a Little Boy’s Mommy

 Make the most of every living and breathing moment, because these are evil times. So understand and be confident in God's will, and don't live thoughtlessly. Ephesians 5:15-17 It has been one of those extra long days. Another day when the snow has completely wreaked havoc on our routines once again. I still have counters [...]