What I Want My Daughters to Know about True Beauty

What I Want My Daughters to Know about True Beauty

I don’t feel beautiful. Maybe I never have. I’ve always been on the chubby side, with brown eyes though I really wanted blue. I was considered “cute” or “funny” and that was okay with me. Growing up I remember one of my sister’s friends saying, “your sister is the ‘pretty one’ and you’re “the one […]

The Truth about Parenting Teenagers

The Truth about Parenting Teenagers

Teenagers. One word with unicorn-magic can strike fear in grown men and women and cause any senior citizen to extend a hug and their heartwarming condolences. Moms, understand this: as soon as the first pimple pops in on the scene life at home will change. A lot. Parents once cool and quite awesome are now […]

The Last Supper: A Mother’s Reflection

The Last Supper

School is over. My son, my youngest child, graduated from high school last month. I spread mayonnaise onto a piece of bread, and realized it was the last sandwich I’d make for my son to eat at school.  No more brown-bag lunches filled with sandwiches, chips, and sliced apple. Only the Lord knows how many […]

How Embarrassing! The Incredible Blessing of a Goofy Mom

Goofy Mom

I was 13 or 14 years old, and boy, was I hot stuff! At least I thought I was…especially the day I decided to flirt with a bunch of construction workers—much older construction workers—while my mom ran into the bank. Our car was parked several spaces away from the construction site, but close enough for […]

Are YOU Robbing Your Teen?

Robbing Your Teen

What does the average week look like in your home? Do you make all the meals, do the laundry, clean the house with little help from your teenager? If this sounds like you, you might just be robbing your teenager. The definition for the penal code of robbery is: To take something by force or […]

Using Story to Inspire Your Teen’s Decisions


One of the greatest gifts God gives his children is free will, but I sometimes wonder if he’d consider temporarily taking that gift away from his teens. Or…if he won’t suspend their free will…maybe he’d consider giving moms a temporary super power: the ability to jump into the skin of teens just long enough to […]

3 Rules to Guide Your Mother Heart

Mother and Daughter

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Dickens penned those lines in A Tale of Two Cities but I could write them at the end of almost every day. I’m the mom of a nearly-fifteen-year-old daughter. It’s a beautiful, hard thing. Beautiful because I have this incredible privilege to watch […]

5 Truths to Add Grace to Your Marriage

Grace in Marriage

When I daydreamed about being married to my Prince Charming, our happily ever after didn’t include disagreements. Who fantasizes about arguing over silly things? If you’d asked me back then what might cause an angry word between “my whole world” and me, I would’ve guessed money. It made sense that finances should take top arguing- […]

A Parent’s Guide to Your Child’s First Smartphone

Teens with Cell Phones

Parents, consider yourselves warned. There comes a time when children no longer wish for bicycles and Lego sets for Christmas. Tomorrow, your child might start begging for a smartphone. Children can start whining as early as first grade with their plead rising to a fever pitch around middle school, intensifying with each passing year. Tweens […]

Seeding and Watering Your Teen: Tips for Successful Faith Talks

Tips for Teen Faith Talks

Not too long ago I was sharing some incredible biblical truth with my 7th grade girls’ Bible class when God sent a very sweet reminder via one of my students. I was winding down the class discussion and preparing to transition into some independent work time when one of the girls rather abruptly raised her […]