I woke up to a toddler in fuzzy footie PJs lying on top of me, and rolled over to meet my other son’s little brown toes aiming for my face. Throughout the night, we managed to attract a two-year-old, a four-year-old, and an over-weight dog under the covers of our queen bed. This morning, as I collected morning kisses […]Read More hope springs forth: it is good
On Thursday nights, I’d shuffle two little boys into their PJs, perform more than one dramatic reading of “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” and whisper goodnight prayers. Then, I’d tuck away under a blanket of my own, grabbing the remote and keeping tissues in sight. Thursdays were for “Parenthood” — the show that […]Read More Parenthood was an amazing TV series. Period.
Parenthood is a straight-up adventure. These imaginative little boys of mine take me on wild rides all the time. And while there are certainly times when I want to tuck-and-roll, most of my motherhood moments are magical. My heart swells when I see them slay dragons and fight fires and tackle monsters. Sometimes I have to remember to toss […]Read More play with your kids
We’ve spent the day snuggled under blankets, watching sparkling snow add layer after soft layer, stretching as far as we can see. We’ve played trains and built towers and watched a little Mickey Mouse, too. And that great big piece of my heart that is carved out for being a mama is filled to the brim. […]Read More fresh snow, new beginnings, and motherhood
As soon as you set off on the adoption journey , as you start walking down the path of pregnancy — you realize something. Your little one isn’t here yet, but this parenting thing? It’s already hard and there’s no map to get you were you need to go. The path of parenthood is amazing and beautiful and […]Read More when parenting is hard
I think you always need a dose of bravery when you read your words in front of a giant (well, to me!) room full of women. Today at MOPS, I shared a devotional based on this blog post. How do we raise brave kids? Start by being brave mamas! Sometimes, we let people put out the […]Read More 31 days of living free: what is brave?
I’m encouraged and inspired by my friend Katrina’s mama-bear strength and positivity. Katrina’s heart for God and others just shines, and I’m honored to share her story of living free while parenting a child with autism. Chances are, someone close to you is a parent to a little one on the autism spectrum. I hope Katrina’s perspective will […]Read More 31 days of living free: when your son has autism
At some point in our lives, we stop dreaming. We learn too much about this big world of ours, and we start believing the lie that we are not enough. Oh, we know about childlike faith, of course. We think it’s sweet and worth a pat on the head and then we go on with […]Read More 31 days of living free: how to keep dreaming big (and giveaway!)
Living free: What does it mean, really? How can we really be women who live free when our hearts and our work and our homes weave us into sticky webs that can be so tricky to navigate? I’m so, so thrilled to introduce you to my friend Shelley of This Family’s Journey. We went to journalism school together, […]Read More 31 days of living free: behind the scenes of a working mom
Sometimes, I like to dust off my resume. When I’m in the trenches of dirty diapers and toddler tantrums, doing my best mommy warrior call, I drift off into the life I used to know. The life of deadlines and brainstorming sessions and heels as high as I wanted. And then my 18-month-old wakes me […]Read More 31 days of living free: being stay at home mom makes me happy…and sad