Rest in the Beautiful Chaos

Do you ever wish you could shed motherhood like taking off a heavy coat? Hang it on a hook just for a moment while you breathe a sigh of relief from the weight lifted from your shoulders? When I was pregnant, I longed for a moment free of the literal weight of my belly causing…

Distraction or Connection

I open my journal, prepare the Bible app to read a chapter of Scripture, and call out a short prayer: God, I want to hear from You. A whistling interrupts my prayer. I jump up to silence the noise before it wakes the whole house. Tea now brewing … where was I? Oh, right, God,…

Smack in the Face

Tears slid down my cheeks, unbidden. Why did they have to come? Pained and bewildered eyes looked down at me. This six-foot teenager tucked me under his chin as he embraced me, not knowing what else to do. But it was all wrong. How could this towering young man be the same creature I lifted…

A Ride in the Car

Some things take some getting used to … like my youngest riding next to me in the car. For the past 12 years I have caught my son’s eye in the rearview mirror as he rode safely tucked in the backseat. Now that he is legally allowed to ride in the passenger seat, I’m struggling…

Closer to the Edge

My youngest starts 6th grade today. I read that sentence and think, “That cannot be right.” (Also, I’m not old enough to have a high schooler and middle schooler, right?) How did this happen? It seems like yesterday I lifted his tiny body out of the crib. Now he is nearly as tall as me….

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)….

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…

You Like It. Just Admit It.

One of my sons has become obsessed with a new show and wanted his brother to like it as much as he does. This is the argument I overheard the other day. “You do like this show.” “It’s ok. But I’d rather play my video game.” “You were laughing the last time we watched it.”…

Dealing with the Monster Inside the Boy

We are 19 days into the school year, which means … only 161 more days to go! This is comparable to jumping for joy at crossing the first mile marker in a half-marathon race. What’s worse is realizing three days into the school year that things would have to change for our family to survive…