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…

Rest, Reflect, Rejoice … Repeat

We are nearly halfway through January. How are your New Year’s resolutions going? That good, huh? November and December were full of parties and celebrations, feasts and gifts. Our full hearts and bellies are stopped short in January like an icy blast to the face. Back to work. No parties or breaks until … Valentine’s…

White Elephant

We are smack in the middle of Christmas party time. My family attended a small group Christmas party this week. The dinner and dessert were wonderful, but the most enjoyable part of the night was the white elephant game. If you’ve never played this game, here are the rules. Each person brings a wrapped gift…