Struggle well: Fatherhood, love, and grace

Fatherhood is a struggle.  Don’t get me wrong. It is glorious, exhausting, worthwhile, exasperating, a blessing, and painful.  It is all of those…


Role reversal: The beauty of serving a parent

I’ve observed my mom almost eat glass. She’s been lost around the neighborhood a few times, she’s told me she doesn’t love me anymore, and she drank…


Four truths about childhood for grandparents to embrace

Vacation requests were approved and tickets bought. Beds were ready and the refrigerator was stocked. Finally, the day came! Our three grandchildren…


How fifteen minutes could save your relationship with your teen

This weekend something came up—once again—with one of our sons. It was an incident related to the way he treats one of his brothers, and honestly,…


How to Model God’s Design for Marriage

I (Kristin) don't like clutter. I like tidy spaces and cleared counters—everything in its place. My kids know this about me. Some of them share this…


Momming: Is great too much to ask?

In the filtered reality of social media, setting “great” as a standard for motherhood feels like a lot of added pressure.  But let’s be honest, no…


I will never be a perfect mother

I recently read this and immediately recognized it as one of the truest statements ever… "I was going to be a perfect mother...Then I had children!"…


Children Are Complex

One of our daughters has such a sweet, tender heart, and for a while that's all we saw in her. She served others, prayed for others, and read her…


Reimagine your relationship: How to reorient your marriage after you become parents

Becoming a parent for the first time creates a sense of emotional whiplash. Seemingly overnight, your priorities shift, your whole life is…