Tis the season for joy

Tis the season for joy

Every parent has hopes and dreams for their child.  Years ago, my husband and I attended an event at our child’s school, and something the speaker…


The relaxed mom’s guide to a joyful Christmas

The relaxed mom’s guide to a joyful Christmas

A few days ago, I was spending a little time journaling in my one-line-a-day book. The question was something like, “how would your mom describe you…


Making a plan for holiday family gatherings

Making a plan for holiday family gatherings

We’re entering the season filled with awe, wonder, gratitude, and dread. It’s that time of year where we get to spend time with the family we love.…


Resurrection will come

Trusting in God's promises

Once upon a time, we had a failed adoption. Actually, we’ve had more than one, but this particular story is about ‘our’ little boy.  We’d been with…


Six truths about adoption

Six truths about adoption

As the late afternoon traffic began to build, my kids and I sat quietly in the car on the way home from piano lessons. Out of the blue, my…


The power of music and worship for children

The power of music and worship for children

I believe in the power of music. Practically nothing else is as sticky and powerful as a melody. It enables us to jump back in time to a memory that…


Releasing my grip on my almost adult child

Releasing my grip on my almost adult child

My daughter is a “late bloomer” when it comes to driving. Thanks to COVID slowing things down with government agencies, she got a driver’s permit…


“What will my children remember?”

“What will my children remember?”

An apple juice box was clutched in my five-year-old hand while the red plastic racecar zoomed across the living room floor.  My dad and I had been…


The walk that changes everything

The walk that changes everything

The Book of Parenting has so many chapters.  We start the day we find out we are going to be parents thinking of names and planning the nursery. Then…