Yes, my hands are full. No, I don’t need you to pull me aside at the grocery store or the church lobby to remind me. I’m a busy mama to busy little ones. We have an incredibly active five-year-old, an almost three-year-old, and a precious little two-month old. In April, we’ll welcome baby #4, and we’ll have […]Read More yes, I have my hands full (and no, you don't have to remind me)
When we’re running late and the clock is ticking to get out of the house, a certain five-year-old suddenly feels it necessary to move in slow motion. As I’m throwing wipes in the diaper bag and corralling children, he’s taking it easy, kicking his feet up, and then remembering now would certainly be the best time […]Read More seeing our children for who they'll become
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’m not great at goodbyes. I fumble over farewells. I linger longer than I should and I give extra hugs even after we’ve said goodbye for the tenth time. I (usually) save the waterworks for until the door shuts. As “see you later” leaves my lips, I can’t help but wonder if I’m really saying, “the […]Read More 31 days of living free: hello, goodbye.
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?
Every once in awhile, I hear someone speak and think, “YES. MORE OF THAT.” That’s how I feel every time I listen to Elizabeth Hagen. (She inspired me to write this popular post.) I’m a big fan of Elizabeth’s mother, my loveliest 90-year-old friend from church, and I’m always thrilled when Elizabeth comes to visit. […]Read More 31 days of living free: focus on your strengths
I know so many fierce women who are holding it down at the office, at home, and in their communities. Can I just say, GET IT, GIRL. You ladies know who you are. You’re the unsung heroes who make everything work. You’re the first one awake and the last one to sleep. You’re creative and […]Read More 31 days of living free: free to have fun
I can now add “awesome-husband-who-will-write-for-me-on-a-deadline” on my list of things I’m thankful for today. On a crazy Monday where I burned the chili and spilled a drink all over our chair, his words were definitely what I needed to read. I think you’ll be encouraged by his guest post below, too. — Come thou fount […]Read More 31 days of living free: tune my heart
My two little people are tucked away, dreaming, and I’m up after a busy weekend, looking at my mess (what else is new?) and trying to commit to this whole blogging-for 31-straight-days thing. And I’m thinking about the week ahead. I’m thinking about all the busy that tends to sneak its way into my heart. […]Read More 31 days of living free: mornings
The clock blinked 5:05. I wanted to pull the covers over my blurry eyes and drift back to my dreams, but my mind wouldn’t cooperate. I flipped through a book for awhile and then finally succumbed to my awakened state while the rest of the world enjoyed their slumber. My bare feet hit the wooden floors and […]Read More 31 days of living free: french press life in a keurig world