Help for the Bad Mood Mom

Help for the Bad Mood Mom

Yesterday I shared my desire for freedom from the weight of motherhood in order to enjoy the true pleasure of being a mom. I mentioned my desire to be “free from the bad mood that clouds my head and my heart most days.” Maybe I wasn’t completely honest. Maybe I down played it a bit. […]

What Freedom Looks Like for Moms

Celebrate Freedom

We came home that day a family of four. After two years of struggle and loss we had fought the battles and won the war for our children. It was July 4th and so fitting that we would exhale on that day, free to now live and grow together, without battles to fight to see […]

In the Morning When I Rise Give Me Jesus

In the Morning When I Rise

It’s Monday. And this time I’m meeting the week with hope and expectation but there are times this is not the case. Mondays when I dread the week ahead. . .my never-ending to-do list. . .the lack of structure that summer brings and the anxiety that comes along with it. Been there? Or are you […]

A Prayer of Surrender for All of Life’s Burdens

A Prayer of Surrender for all of Life's Burdens

And behold a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if you are willing, You can make me clean.” Matthew 8:2 Twelve months ago my husband and I decided to start trying for baby #3. Our first daughter was a surprise {so technically we were pregnant after one month of “trying”} and with our second […]

Jesus Calling for Little Ones {review + giveaway}

Jesus Calling for Little Ones Review + Giveaway

Jesus Calling has been a big blessing for our entire family. I use the original version daily for a quick and meaningful devotion in the midst of crazy, busy days. My kids are beginning to use the children’s edition to connect with Jesus and I look forward to sharing the teen devotional with them in […]

The One Who Rescues Us When We’re Sinking


…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 Splash. In the blink of an eye, she was in the water.  My three-year-old daughter sank into […]

When It’s Time to Fight for Our Children

When It's Time to Fight for Our Children

I don’t tend to be a fighter by nature. {Okay, well, I perhaps used to be in one particular contentious, twenty-year relationship, but it’s not my desire or true bent or natural tendency…in fact, I hate conflict.} But when it comes to my children, I am a mama bear just like the rest of the […]

Teaching Our Children to be Dragon-Slayers

Teaching Our Children to be Dragon Slayers

“I wish I never knew these things! I don’t want to know about all this stuff, Mom!” These words were accompanied by a gush of tears as my 10-year-old daughter poured the pain from her tender heart. This is her 5th grade year in a new country, in a new school, and with a whole […]

Summer Family Bible Study on Philippians 4:8

Family Bible Study on Philippians 4

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8 {ESV}   Our thoughts are the beginning of a healthy and fruitful life. When we fix our […]

Silencing the Self-Critic


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, […]