The traveling circus: Friendships in every stage of parenting

When my kids were younger, I felt like I was living in a circus. Constant activity. Animals everywhere—actual dogs, costumed children, stuffed— My…


Learning to drive: Trusting God’s plan for our kids

I went back and forth trying to decide if this article was about my daughter learning to drive or me learning how to be her passenger.  Looking over…


Reapproaching purity culture as a parent

When we talk about “purity culture” in the Church, it’s often followed by stories of hurt, anger, and regret.  So, what is purity culture, and why…


Learning to trust God with your adult children

Bible verses about trusting God are not in short supply.  As believers, we know the wisdom and truth behind placing our trust in God rather than…


5 ways to talk about faith with teenagers during the Olympics

Despite all odds, the 2020 Olympic Games are happening now in Tokyo.  The irony of the “2020” Games taking place in 2021 is not lost on the young…


A word to parents of college-bound kids

I will be honest—this is a hard one for me to write.  Why? Because it is just a little bit too real life. It is easy to write about seasons past or…


How the discipline of Sabbath rest saved my daughter’s life

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy” (Exodus 20:8 ESV). My daughter, Megan, is a senior in college and struggles with perfectionism and…


Unexpected and blessed: Surprises in Scripture and life

Nine years ago, my husband and I welcomed into our lives an unexpected blessing that has forever changed our lives.  Our daughter found her…


Independent dependents: The faith of your grown children

I remember the moment like it was yesterday.  I was standing on the porch of my house holding my five-day-old son. My husband was back at work, and…