When Hope is Found Where Joy and Pain Collide

Where Joy and Pain Collide

You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by. Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning. You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. Job 12:16 {NIV} My knees bent on the hospital floor with […]

Family Story: Set the Stage {Developing Values}

Family Values

Over the past 9 years, loss has been a major theme in our family story. Since 2006, my husband and I have lost 4 babies through miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy and both of our mothers to horrible diseases. We fought hard to establish our family while we leaned in close to our siblings and fathers […]

Family Faith-Building: Learning to Trust


Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 He who promised is faithful. There have been many times, many seasons over the past 30 years of walking with the Lord when I didn’t believe those words. I believed a lie and it was a […]

Help Through the Grief of Miscarriage

Help Through Miscarriage

Miscarriage is often suffered alone and in quiet.  This can make the grief feel heavier and isolating.  I want to share all that I can of my own story with the hope that it will strengthen others.  Each person’s experience and way of grieving is different, but perhaps this will help you or someone you […]

When Mother’s Day is Hard

Jess's mom and grandma, both now in heaven

If you have found your way to our little corner of the Internet at Grace for Moms, you are most likely a mother or a grandmother. On Mother’s Day, you will probably get a cute card, maybe some flowers, a phone call from a distant state, or some other token of (well-deserved) affection for the […]

5 Minutes with >> Matt Mooney, A Story Unfinished

The Mooney Family

We are so excited to launch a new, monthly series here at Grace for Moms! Our 5 Minutes with. . . posts will happen one Friday a month when we’ll share the life of an author, speaker, artist or other influential and inspirational person. Our hope is that through 5 questions and their 5 grace-filled […]

With The Cross In View

With the Cross in View2

Calm run this morning. The motion of my feet hitting the pavement, tears falling from my eyes, raising my hands to the dark clouds that are about to unleash his promises in forms of pure water. . .exactly what my broken heart needed. Joy and pain collide in my soul a lot give. With the […]

On Grief and Gratitude


They stood at the counter cutting out leaves and quickly recording on them the things for which they are most grateful. As I hung their thanks, I realized that kids – most often – are first and foremost thankful for people. Mommy. . .Daddy. . .My Brother. . .My Cousin. . .My Grandma. . .My […]

#31 Days, Day 14 A Moment of Silence


Sometimes we find ourselves at a loss.  Sometimes we lose the privilege of getting to live life on earth with loved ones.  Even though we often have the hope of seeing them again, our heart grieves for  what could have been and what should have been.  Friends and family offer words of comfort.  But even they […]