3 Truths to demolish mom guilt

3 Truths to demolish mom guilt

“I hate you, you @*&!%” My 5-year-old daughter screamed at the nurse as she prepped the needle. Everyone in the room, including my husband and I,…


3 Everyday family moments that can become faith-filled prayers

3 Everyday family moments that can become faith-filled prayers

I will never forget holding my precious, beautiful daughter in my arms and tearfully confessing to my friend, “I think I’m a bad mom.”  At that…


Embrace the wow of now

Embrace the wow of now

It was Sunday afternoon and our new family of five—including our brand-new daughter, Annie—was doing our best to leave the house and make the…


Stop negative self-talk

Stop negative self-talk

During parent night at our local junior high, the eighth-grade advanced English teacher explained his challenging, yet doable, curriculum. He ended…


Whose fault is it?: Three tips for managing family conflict as a solo parent

Three tips for managing family conflict as a solo parent

“I’m not Judge Judy!” I exclaim to my kids, and they all roll their eyes.  They know I don’t like negotiating their arguments. Since becoming a solo…


What weary moms need most

What weary moms need most

Motherhood is a gift, we know, but it is also one of the most challenging jobs we have ever worked.  Yes, our kids are God-given joys. They make us…


What We Really Want for Mother’s Day: More Peace

What we really want for Mother’s Day: More peace!

The news hit me like a ton of bricks, knocking the wind out of me. I was afraid to breathe and afraid to blink, knowing the tears would start…


Reach out and reconnect

Reach out and reconnect

My best lessons in friendship came during my loneliest season of friendship.  As a newlywed in a new city, I started at square one. I got invited to…


Stepping into God’s calling

Have you ever known what to do because God told you to do it but you were still nervous to step into the unknown?  Before I started my…