When You Doubt Your Sons Learn Your Life Lessons

(Inside: One way to build your confidence as a mom.)  “I don’t get it. What does chivalry mean?” My 9-year-old son asked me from the back seat of our van.   His friend chimed in, “Yeah. Me too. I don’t get it either…   With my hands on the steering wheel, I edged into our garage and Read More

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

One Easy Way to Get to Know Your Kid

(Inside: Do we take advantage of the moments life gives us to get to know our children?) Clean socks dwindled, food became scarce, and the house turned into a wretched state – there was so much to accomplish. But I had a blessed day at home to catch up and plow through my to-do list 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

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 slept in a crib, ate baby food, and refused to independently put on his shoes. I need a moment to digest this. So, when we got home, I 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

Your Struggle, God’s Response {a Tale of Hope}

(Inside: Hope for you in your pain.)   You know how outside elements – hail, debris or small rocks – have bounced off the windshield of your car with no damage a thousand times before? But then, for whatever the reason, perhaps the size of the debris, angle it hits, or speed you’re driving, one Read More

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