What We Can Do While God Asks Us to Wait

While God Asks Us to Wait

It was a day I prepared for most of my 6th grade year. I was part of a traveling team for basketball and grew leaps and bounds in my development as a player, only to be told at the start of my 7th grade career I didn’t make the cut. I distinctively remember the ride […]

A Prayer for Moms in Survival Mode

Prayer for Moms in Survival Mode

Any mamas out there feel stuck in survival mode? I see that hand. I, too, am more familiar with this place than I would like to be. The never-ending cycle of mothering tasks can be enough to make you certifiably crazy, even on a good day! Laundry, dishes, and cooking are my trifecta, and when […]

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 […]

Hope for the “Modern” Family

Hope for the Modern Family

My daughter told me that she loves having dinner at her friends’ houses because she craves being around normal families. Ouch. She didn’t say this to be mean, and in fact, the moment she saw me wince, she said she was sorry and she hadn’t meant to hurt me. I was immediately defensive, thinking these […]

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 […]

The One Thing We Can’t Miss Out On This Christmas


We pulled out the Christmas decorations ready to deck our halls. My 6 year old had been begging us for weeks to “please put up the Christmas tree.” The time had finally come Thanksgiving morning. We started upstairs and before we could unpack the first box, my husband hurt his back. He laid on the […]

Jesus and Me Bible Storybook {review+giveaway}

Jesus and Me 2

I cannot tell you how excited I am to begin our Lenten journey next week. The more I think about helping my kiddos build their relationship with Jesus, the more thrilled I get. If you haven’t yet downloaded your FREE guide, do it now and pray about joining us! And y’all, I’ve found the PERFECT […]

The Gift of Each New Day

Lamentations 3

I am writing this blog while eating at Chick Fil A on the way home from a whirlwind last minute 12-hour Christmas trip. Nothing wrecks my nerves more than playgrounds at these places so my husband always graciously allows me a few minutes to myself while he watches the kids. Here I sit scrambling to […]

Accept the Gift

Accept the Gift

My mother was a generous gift-giver. Not only did she give in abundance, she always looked to give something special and personal to the recipient. I’d like to think I got my social grace from her, though I may never attain her thoughtful generosity to the fullest. Nowadays, in all our practicality, we’ve lost the […]

Christmas Lights {Crista}

Christmas Lights

Some of my favorite Christmas memories in our family are centered around lights. My whole life is actually centered around light…it has risen to the surface as a theme of my existence, a passion in my heart and a marker of my identity, so when I think about it, it’s no big surprise that the […]