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 […]

Welcoming Ashes and Watching Chains Break

Lent Reflection

I have never received a cross of ashes across my forehead.   This ceremony has not been a part of my faith tradition – not something I observed in my church as a child, or that I have participated in as an adult. Growing up, Ash Wednesday was simply the beginning of Lent, a season that I […]

The Grace of God’s Work

Get Ready

Purpose. A simple word, for which many of us spend our entire lives searching. To discover that one special intention that we believe, in our heart-of-hearts,  we are destined to fulfill. The exact role that will inundate our life with its determined meaning. And to believe that once we have achieved this duty, we will feel totally and completely content.  Pleased. Satisfied. […]

Dear Expectant Mom

Dear Expectant Mom

Dear Expectant Mom, I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough with the discouraging blogs and horror stories of pregnancy and motherhood. Before my son was even born, I was told I’d never sleep again, nor shave my legs; that my house would reek of spit-up, and I’d be lucky to make it to […]