Is Your Fear Stealing Your Child’s Joy?

Little Superman

If it were up to me, my children would be permanently wrapped in bubble wrap when they leave the house. Head to toe. Protected from the world. Or, better yet, they’d wear helmets all the time and in every scenario. Extreme, I know. Fear, the kind that cripples me and keeps me from living my […]

A Message to Mamas at Home this Summer with Little Ones

Baby Swinging in Summer

I love summer…now. As the mother of a 9-year-old and 6-year-old, we are in the sweet years of beach days, bike rides, hours of independent outdoor play, and trips to the strawberry patch that are actually fun and productive. But I remember the summers of years past. When I was raising babies and toddlers and […]

Freedom from Entitlement: A July 4th Manifesto

American Flag

Summer is such an interesting time to observe my habits. Maybe it’s the lazy days and lack of structure but I feel like the worst of myself comes out between June and August. I’m having such a hard time getting into the zone of productivity, healthy living and focus. While I want to remain carefree […]

When Your Summer Script Gets Rewritten


Today’s guest is one of my {Jess’s}  favorite people in the whole world. Donna is a friend, mentor and second mom to me. We’ve walked through a lot of life together and she has poured so much wisdom and love into my heart. As we look to gather in women from all stages of motherhood, […]

Diary of My Summer Break: Mom Edition

Diary of my Summer Break

Summer Break, Day 1: The class fish is dead. That’s right, folks. Mrs. Larson kept a goldfish alive all year for her kindergarteners and then asked for a “caring home” to take him in at year’s end. In my house he lasted less than 48 hours. I guess I should have bought him food yesterday, […]

Do You Need to Let Go of Your Teen this Summer?

Keep Calm and Let Go

I was all set to write about three ways to spur my teens on this summer, giving some practical tips on ways to connect or ways to encourage them or ways to whatever. But that’s not where I’m at these days. I used to be that kind of mom. With lists of things for them […]

How I Spent My Summer Break

Summer Break

When I was a kid, I loved summer break. My mom was a fourth-grade teacher, so everything about summer was different than the rest of the year in our house. There was lots of playing outside, swimming with friends, and a much slower pace of life. This idea of a slower pace sounds very different […]

An Awe-Inspired View of Motherhood


On one of my first days alone with my brand new son, I took him outside and placed him in his chair. His arms flailed, legs kicked and head turned side-to-side. I wondered if he would be an anxious child. He was frantic. But thinking about his perspective, I realized there was plenty to be […]

Relax, Refocus, Refresh

Mom Relaxing

“Don’t just do something, stand there.” I recently read this quote in a book about realizing and doing God’s will. The author {Blackaby} was arguing that much of the time we busy ourselves with things that may not be bad, per say, but really are not God’s will for us at the moment. As a mom, […]

5 Ways Under $5 to Self-Nurture in the Wake of a Mother’s Day Let Down

Woman Reading

picture by Moyan Brenn on Flickr In the days following Mother’s Day, there are usually two categories of mothers: those who feel almost embarrassed about how spoiled they were, and those who feel it was, how shall we say. . . less than ideal. This is for the ones who felt a tad bit let […]