I Cannot Adult Today

Sometimes I wonder if I’m just an adolescent masquerading as an adult. Adolescents tend to be a little awkward, clueless to the expectations parents and society places on them. I can relate. I feel like I should know these things: when to bring someone flowers, when to make dinner for someone, what to do when…

Do You Know I Love You?

Waking up early is not my favorite thing. My definition of early is anything before 8 am. When my son’s birthday was fast approaching, I asked him how he wanted to celebrate. Because his birthday fell on a school day, some of the excitement had already been sucked out and I was determined to do…

A Mother’s Example

Mother’s Day is right around the corner so for all you mothers out there, let me take a moment to wish you a day of pampering and peace. The blessings of motherhood are many–blessings that can also be considered challenges. You are never lonely … but you are never alone (not even in the bathroom)….

The Journey

We were driving home from Carrowinds after a fun-filled but exhausting day of riding rollercoasters and water slides when it happened. A piece of metal shot out from under the car in front of us. Without enough time to react, our tires collided with the sharp metal, instantly shredding. We headed for the next exit,…

Help!

There was a time when my youngest screamed about everything. When I say scream, I mean it sounded like he was auditioning for the victim in a horror movie. Granted: stepping on a Lego is painful, but there is absolutely no reason to scream when you lose your pencil, or can’t get your sock on…

Follow Me

We have some seriously good music at our church–music that makes you forget who’s around you and focuses your full attention on God. On a certain Sunday, I had tunnel vision. It was just God and me. I was singing with everything I had. I may not have been singing beautifully, but I was making…

Be Joyful

“Stop having fun without me!” My husband and I bought our boys a game for Valentine’s Day–Star Wars Monopoly. The game is very confusing at first since so many rules of the game are nothing like the original Monopoly game. The board is even round instead of square! My oldest son, Josiah, had hit a…

What! You too?

My husband and I visited the Bodie Island Lighthouse during a recent anniversary getaway to the Outer Banks. We visited during the off-season so the lighthouse wasn’t open for touring. Sensing our disappointment, the clerk encouraged us to walk out to the lookout. “It’s beautiful, what with all the wildlife and all. I have the…

Fix the Boat Already!

I have a pair of boots that I love. Snow boots are generally clunky and utilitarian–no offense. Last year, however, I found some boots with a little bling, a necessity to make clunky snow boots become a cute fashion statement. There is only one problem with these boots: they leak. That’s kind of a big…

Just Ask

“This is the best week of school ever!” said my 8th grader when school was canceled yet again. Snow days are a magical thing for school-aged kids. They’re unexpected, cross-your-fingers, hope-and-pray type blessings. They are rare gifts in a sea of monotonous school days. We have had six snow days now (granted: two of them…