Silencing the Self-Critic

Robin

For the past few weeks we have been living with a very unwelcome guest. He wakes us up at 4am, and spends the rest of the day coming in and out. To make matters worse, I worry constantly about him hurting himself, so I scurry around trying to make sure he is safe. You see, […]

A Son Like John the Baptist

John the Baptist

When I first learned I was pregnant with a little boy, I was flooded with daydreams about what my son would be like. I never would have admitted it to anyone, but my vivid imagination pictured a future where my son was a meticulous student, well-liked by his peers and teachers, and of course, the […]

What Are You Looking For?

Empty Tomb

My children’s Easter best lay in the laundry room, her twirly dress and his white shirt grass stained from their search for treat-filled eggs. There are buckets of candy taking over the kitchen as I wonder how long I must keep those treasures before discarding them for fear we’ll all gain 10 pounds before we […]

Grown Up Devotional Books for Brave Girls

Brave Girls Devotional Books

You guys! My daughter is in first grade. My baby is about to finish her second year of school! She can read chapter books and do math problems on her own. She can write a letter to anyone. . . that makes sense! And while some mamas cringe and cry at the thought of their […]

How to Write Your Family Vision

Road Ahead Family Vision

It’s so easy to set ourselves on cruise control {especially us moms} in order to simply get through each week full of cooking, cleaning, helping with schoolwork, sports + other activities, caring for ourselves, our spouse and our children, not to mention other family and relational responsibilities. I’m exhausted just typing it all out. If […]

Family Story: Develop the Plan {Short and Long Term Vision}

Vision Glasses

Now that we have taken a magnifying glass to assess our family more closely, it’s time to pull out some bifocals.  You have identified your family’s values {the what}, your family’s mission {the why} and now it’s time to tackle vision {the how}. We imagine and dream of what our family will look like, what we […]

Family Story: Develop the Plan {Why We Need Vision}

Vision Planning

Where there is no vision, the people perish. Proverbs 29:18 We are 14 days from the onset of Spring and it cannot come too soon, in my opinion. Winter has taken its toll on me, both physically and emotionally. It’s hard to plan with unpredictable weather and honestly, the cold makes me depressed and longing […]

Family Story: How to Write Your Mission Statement

Family Mission Compass

A mission statement is a summary of goals, values and culture that provides a compass by which a company, organization or family is guided. As I mentioned when we first began sharing about family mission, most mission statements are clear and concise. The mission of a business may only be one sentence. As a family […]