A Working Mom’s School Year Survival Tips

Working Mom Back to School

Y’all, I had no idea how exhausting the month of May could be for parents whose kids are in school, until I became a working mom with a kindergartner. Parties. Mother’s Day celebrations. Recitals. Awards ceremonies. End of the year events. The calendar was full in the homestretch of our first year of balancing school and […]

When Busyness Stings Like a Bee

When Busyness Stings Like a Bee

It happened while we were driving home the other night. I had picked up my daughters, five and seven, from their first night of arts camp at our church. We had screeched in a minute late only an hour and a half earlier, after we had waited for my husband to arrive to take over with […]

When Summer Doesn’t Go the Way You Planned

Summer Road

This is not the post I intended to write. I intended to write about my garden, about how it is my hobby but also my respite from the world. About how all moms need such a place to go for clear heads, quiet hearts, and a re-centering of mind and purpose. But I couldn’t write […]

The Last Supper: A Mother’s Reflection

The Last Supper

School is over. My son, my youngest child, graduated from high school last month. I spread mayonnaise onto a piece of bread, and realized it was the last sandwich I’d make for my son to eat at school.  No more brown-bag lunches filled with sandwiches, chips, and sliced apple. Only the Lord knows how many […]

6 Reasons to Try Apple Music for Your Family

6 Reasons to Try Apple Music for Your Family

Keep reading for 6 reasons you need to try Apple Music for your family + a few tips to get you started! Our house is full of music lovers. For my husband, music is a no-brainer. It’s one of the pleasures of life he loves most and a top priority for him. For me, even […]

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 […]

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 […]

When Your Summer Bucket List Changes Lives

Spencers Ride Header

Let me start by saying I’m not a bucket list kind of girl. It feels like self-imposed pressure that I don’t want in my summer vibe. I believe in boredom and free play and hours picking at the grass. That’s what kids and summertime are all about, right? I also know if I don’t make […]

When Motherhood is a Mirror

When Motherhood is a Mirror

Lately, I’ve not been able to utter a word without hearing my mother’s voice. In the last 6 months I’ve realized how much I sound like her. She echos each word I say as if she were standing right next to me, in every mothering moment. Since losing her 18 months ago, she dwells within […]

Teaching Your Child to Love Healthy Food

Teaching Kids to Eat Healthy

As moms we want our kids to eat healthy. Building a growing body with nutrients from a rainbow of foods goes a long way to assure a healthy future for our children. But it’s not always easy to get your kids to eat healthy. Kids will be kids and there are times that we want […]