3 Simple Ways to Tame a Competitive Mom Nature

3 Ways to Tame a Competitive Mom Nature

I hate to have to admit this but I’m a pretty competitive person. Whether it’s a simple game of Monopoly or the annual Dillard’s sale each January {you know – the one where the whole store is like 75% off}, I want to finish first…to take the top prize. I want to win. That sounds […]

8 Ways to Refocus Your Parenting Lens

8 Ways To Refocus Your Parenting Lens

Being a mom is a blessing. At the same time it’s hard. Not rocket-science hard, but test-my-patience hard. How can something that looks so simple from the outside arouse the monster in me and crush the wall of sanity that I once deemed indestructible? As a child I put motherhood on a pedestal, holding many […]

What No One Told Us About Motherhood

What No One Told Us About Motherhood

He looked at me from under a windshield wiper of blond hair tossed side to side as he scribbled on squares of copy paper. His gaze met mine when we both realized I was watching him. I smiled at his mom, owing her an explanation for staring at the pair beside me in the bagel […]

Silencing the Self-Critic

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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, […]

Perfectly Imperfect

Perfectly Imperfect

I’ll never forget when my children were born. When the doctor finally let me hold them for the first time, I remember thanking God that they were healthy, and thinking to myself  that they were perfect. Their little fingers, eyes, and toes completely took my breath away. I was in love. It wasn’t until a […]

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 […]

Unlocking Your Grown-Up Dream

Unlock Your Dreams

I live in a world filled with dreamers. Tiny ones. I constantly find myself lost in toddler conversation. About one day becoming princesses. {Including, of course, which specific ones.} Doctors. God’s messengers in our world. Those innocent, “When I grow up…” discussions. As a mother to three sweet beings, in addition to serving as an elementary teacher to […]

Trading the Life I Once Lived for the Blessing of Children

Children are a Blessing

As my husband and I chatted with friends at a recent holiday party, I wondered if we were the only ones there with a child. It turns out that we were. All night people complimented us on how great it was that we went out to have fun, and how sweet our baby was to […]

Where’s the Cheer Section?

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And as for you . . . sisters, never tire of doing what is good. 2 Thessalonians 3:13 I am blessed with a family who shows up in full-force for sporting events, award ceremonies, and graduations. They boom and scream, even when they’re not supposed to. They bring bullhorns. It. Is. Awesome. Even as a […]

How to Weather the Seasonal Storms of Parenthood

Storms of Parenting

The other day I woke up as mom to a beautiful, emotional, erratic tween girl, and a tenderhearted, curious, hilarious seven year old boy. They have each been living in my home since their births, but somehow, things have changed—and in a sneaky, overnight kind of way. Just a few months ago, my husband and […]