One Thing Every Middle School Parent Should Know

(Inside: Prepare your child for middle school. This one thing will help parents and children thrive during the middle school years.)   When I was in middle school, my mom came and sat next to me for two class periods to, ahem, “encourage” me to behave. I didn’t deal well with the big emotions of those transition years Read More

Life Is Art, Paint Your Dreams (Printable)

(Inside: An inspirational free printable to empower you.)   My squeaky shopping cart stopped in its tracks. “Life is art, paint your dreams.” That’s it. That’s the life-giving art I’ve been dragging my three kids around the store trying to find.   Someone wrote that just for me.   I’m sure of it.    What the saying Read More

Why Alone Time For You Is Good For Your Kids

(Inside: Alone time for moms is not just good for mothers, it’s also great for their kids. These empowering reasons will help moms better enjoy their refueling time.) I spent the morning at middle school orientation with my oldest son and I CAN’T EVEN BELIEVE IT. How is middle school upon us already? Yesterday, he Read More

Your Unique Sacred Gesture – Did You See It Today?

My normal cooking strategy is to bang pots and pans around in the kitchen until my actual-good-cook husband enters the space and says, “I’ll do the main meal. You just cut the strawberries.”  “Oh, that’d be awesome. Thanks.”,(I’d like to cook – if it wasn’t so boring.) So I was not at all surprised when, Read More

Mama, Are You Beautifully Exhausted?

(Inside: Why your exhaustion from motherhood is stunningly beautiful.)     I could feel the dark circles around my eyes and I hadn’t even looked in the mirror yet. I woke up tired because the night before, I’d partied like it was 1999.   Doing laundry.   I executed my brilliant idea of putting the clothes Read More

A New Beginning Always Starts With An End

  (Inside: Let go of the past and move forward with excited anticipation.)     On mother’s day, I saw this post from a sweet friend and it moved me. With her permission, I’m sharing it with you:   “Amara was just a few months old in this pic, little chub. 20 years old – Read More

Happy Mother’s Day to You, Beautiful Lady

(Inside: A Mother’s Day message for you.)     You are a mom.   You give every day. You put others needs before your own. You love deeply. You teach. You referee. You mentor. You are creative, resourceful and strong. You freely give grace. There is no one else in your family’s life like you. Read More

What to do when you’re tired of your struggle

(Inside: Steps to take to find hope in your pain. What to do when you’re tired of your struggle.)   A note before you start reading: I highly recommend professional help. If you can’t move past your struggle and the pain feels overwhelming there are amazing professionals out there who want to help you. Make Read More

To Moms of Babies

(Inside: For the moms who don’t ever want our babies to grow.)     To all you moms of babies out there who love this stage…   I understand you. I love the baby stage, too: the cooing and smiles, the rocking and nursing, the little legs dangling from your hip. We hold our babies Read More

Moms, How to Prepare for the Fight

(Inside: How to deal with adversity.)     I was ready for a fight.   The T-birds versus The Scorpions. (Danny Zuko, anyone?)   It was my side against theirs and I was on deck. My why-we-are-right reasons were queued up. My comebacks loaded. My back pocket held insults and sarcasm. My tongue, sharpened. And Read More

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