Learning to be present for my children

Learning to be present for my children

When my late wife Chastidy was battling terminal cancer, and the animation studio I helped start was falling apart, I went on my first personal…


Is adoption worth the risk?

Is adoption worth the risk?

As the director of Adoption and Foster Ministry for my church, I have the privilege of sitting across from couples seeking to know more about the…


Lay it down

Lay it down

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7 NIV). The evenings can be tough, especially if you’re an anxious person like me.…


Two ways anxiety affects parents

Two ways anxiety affects parents

In my thirty-plus years of counseling, I’ve never seen parents feel as much pressure or as much like failures as they do today. I’ve never had as…


The race to claim the next generation of Christians

The race to claim the next generation of Christians

Have you heard the phrase, “The early bird gets the worm”? How about “Early to bed and  early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy, and wise”? Or…


The motherhood myth of Mary Poppins

The motherhood myth of Mary Poppins

My boys were five, three, and a baby when I walked into my mother-in-law’s kitchen. There was Anna, up early, making a big breakfast, chatting with…


Called To Love: Saying yes to adoption and foster care

Called To Love: Saying yes to adoption and foster care

On a sunny February morning, my husband and I stood in a judge’s chamber holding a beautiful, tiny bundle with a head full of wavy black hair. Having…


Two ways anxiety affects parents

Finding rhythms of rest during busy seasons of life

I recently experienced an overwhelmingly busy season. One morning, as I sipped my green tea and looked over our calendar, my chest tightened. My…


Trusting God with our children by stepping back in full faith

Trusting God with our children by stepping back in full faith

As parents ingrained with the need to protect our children at all costs, it can feel impossible to take a step back and allow them to struggle…