How to fall apart well

 I am a mom of four kids and I just recently learned how to fall apart.  As a young toddler, I lost my dad and older sister in a car wreck. My mom…


The best gift to give someone who is grieving

The best gift to give someone who is grieving

I’ve tried to put myself out there in new, creative, and excruciatingly hard ways since my husband of twenty-five years went home to be with the…


Don’t skip the scary: 3 reasons kids need the whole story of Easter

Don’t skip the scary: 3 reasons kids need the whole story of Easter

Lilies grace each page, and a rainbow sunset paints the sky behind the silhouette of three crosses on a hill. Pictures of Jesus sweating drops of…


An Unexpected Legacy

Can someone you’ve never met leave you a legacy? I think so.  My brother’s birth mother made decisions that changed my life. My brother was adopted…


Giving kids hope in hardship

“How has the pandemic affected your kids?” I asked this question to a mom of three children.  Right away she listed some of the meaningful activities…


Three ways to support a family living through a severe childhood illness

Have you ever received that call? You know the one—the dreaded “we heard back from the doctor” call.  When you watch a friend or family member walk…


Helping your kids when the home is splintered

Half of all children in the United States will witness the ending of a parent’s marriage. Of this half, close to 50% will also see the breakup of a…


Helping our kids walk through painful anniversaries

It was August of 2018 that our four-year-old daughter was diagnosed with kidney cancer, had surgery, and began her treatment protocol. Even though…


The next right thing

“Just do the next right thing. Take a step, step again. It is all that I can do. The next right thing. I won't look too far ahead. It's too much for…