The Most Amazing Thing About Parents Isn’t Amazing At All

The longer I parent, the more I know one thing is true: I am a human. And so are my kids. I am a human who gets violently angry, who has trouble controlling her temper, who feels impatient and frustrated and takes it out on whoever is in the vicinity. I think of myself first … Continue reading The Most Amazing Thing About Parents Isn’t Amazing At All

The Worst Thing That Can Happen When You’re Naked

[Hello there. If you're visiting from Start Marriage Right, welcome. Great to have you, and I'd love to have you back. Click here to become a subscriber to the blog, and as a thank you, I will send over my free inspirational eBook, My Birthright For Soup.] I awoke on a Saturday morning in March 2008, alone in my bed, … Continue reading The Worst Thing That Can Happen When You’re Naked

On Going Back To Work: A Letter To My Babies

I can hardly remember it, but there was a time when I wasn't a mother, your mother. I wasn't even the girl other parents called to babysit. I never asked to hold other people's children. Yet God wanted to make a mother of me, and if I'm honest, I saw it in me all along. So … Continue reading On Going Back To Work: A Letter To My Babies

You’re Hungry For Whatever You Feed Yourself

Sometimes I get tired of writing. I wake up cranky and decide not to do it. "I'll write tomorrow," I say to myself, but I don't. Procrastination is a heavy blanket, and I cozy up under it. The days add up, and sometimes a week or more goes by with no new words. I feel … Continue reading You’re Hungry For Whatever You Feed Yourself

God Is Where You Left Him

I hate to admit it, but I read almost no fiction. I am so imbalanced. I read mostly Christian self-help books. I think they're called Christian Inspirational, maybe. But really, they're the type of books you read when you want to avoid reading the Bible but still feel like you did something spiritual. You know the kind. Yea, I'm always … Continue reading God Is Where You Left Him

For The Days When Discipline Feels Like Revenge

The last two weeks peeled back an ugly layer of truth at our house: our parenting, had, um, "room for improvement". Maybe I shouldn't lump my husband into this - I (not so) secretly believe he's a better parent than me. So, sorry, husband. The reason for this realization was the birth of our second child, who … Continue reading For The Days When Discipline Feels Like Revenge

God Wants You To Win

Have you noticed when you're in the middle of some personal aggravation or life crisis, someone always suggests that God is testing you, like somehow knowing that makes the pain less? I've heard it a few times, and it always annoys me. I don't like what it says about God or me. Testing me? For what? I … Continue reading God Wants You To Win

Love That Doesn’t Need You To Say It Back

[Today, I'm honored to be a guest at the home of the brave and spunky Leanne Penny. I joined up with her Love Showed Up series with a tale very close to my heart: the story of my husband and I. I love to tell this story because it sounds new and different every time. … Continue reading Love That Doesn’t Need You To Say It Back

Sometimes We Forget This Is The Life We Wanted

A dream fulfilled is a tree of life, they say. But they forgot to mention it can be a burden too. I am pregnant with a dream fulfilled. A little boy, our second child. There are three and a half years between our kids, but we didn't plan it that way. I expected our second … Continue reading Sometimes We Forget This Is The Life We Wanted