• Family,  Love,  Parenting

    The 5 Love Languages of Children

    School’s out for summer! That tune has been floating around in my head for a couple of weeks in anticipation of my oldest completing first grade. While I am excited to spend summer with both of my kids at home, I am anxious, as well. As parents, we all know that the first few days will be filled with extra snuggles, crafting, and outdoor play, and getting along seems like a breeze! Then, the bickering will start, complaints of boredom will arise, tiny voices bossing each other around will start to surface, and my overall patience will be challenged by all the togetherness. As I mentioned in The 5 Love…

  • Family,  Motherhood,  Parenting,  Stress

    A Mess too Big to Bless?

    It’s a Monday…again. I knew it was coming back—it does every week. Mondays are like the movie “Groundhog Day” around here. Laundry needs folded, dishes need washed, and even though I recall cleaning the house thoroughly just seven days ago, there is no evidence of that anywhere. I am in my typical Monday-state of rushing from room to room collecting misplaced items to return to their proper homes when I step in something wet as I enter the living room. I take a deep breath before I brave investigating the source of my now-damp sock. “Please don’t be pee,” I say to myself, as I look down to discover a…

  • Faith,  Family,  Parenting

    Teaching Moments

    “Lucas, can you please pick up your toys before dinner?” (Me) “No. I don’t want to.” (Lucas) “Lucas, that isn’t how you answer Mommy. You say, ‘Yes, Mommy.’ And then you are obedient and do it.” (Me) “No! I don’t want to.” (Lucas) “That is being disobedient. You are not listening to me, and that is not how you respond. Now you are getting a consequence.” (Me) “NO!! Okay, I’ll do it.” (Lucas) “I’m glad you are doing it, but you are still getting the consequence for being disobedient. When Mommy tells you to do something, you need to listen and obey, and you need to do it with a…

  • Blog,  Faith,  Family,  Motherhood,  Parenting

    It Won’t Be Like This For Long

    There are a lot of things that can be used to test our patience. Am I right? Just take a minute to think about it, and then stand back as the floodgate of examples in your life pours down on you. Right now, I am living in the land of toddlerdom, where I am crusading in unfamiliar territory on the daily, the tantrums come by the hour, and the lessons in patience come by the minute. I’m sure you have heard all of the familiar maxims: “The days go slow, but the years go fast.” “It will only be like this for a short time.” “You can do anything for…

  • Blog,  Faith,  Family,  Fear,  Hope,  Motherhood,  Pain,  Parenting,  Prayer,  Stress

    The Mother of All Fear

    Fear. It’s a real icky four-letter word. We’ve all experienced it. We’ve all cowered under it. And we have all surely tried our best to overcome it. Dictionary.com defines fear as “a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined.” I’d say that’s pretty accurate to what I’ve felt. And I can honestly say I’ve experienced a new depth of fear since becoming a mom. I wish I could say that I get these warm fuzzy feelings when I think about the birth of my little girl. Instead, I look back at it and feel the fear. When Charis came out, she…

  • Faith,  Family,  Motherhood,  Relationships,  Stress

    Blessings Un-Disguised

    I love October—the beautiful colors of the changing leaves, pumpkin doughnuts readily available in stores, cooler temps that mean I can finally wear my cute jeans and sweaters, pumpkin doughnuts, apple picking with the family, pumpkin doughnuts…. Plus, some of the best things in my family’s lives have happened in October. My husband proposed to me in October, our anniversary and several family birthdays are celebrated this month, and both houses we’ve lived in were bought in October. It seems to be our month.  But although it’s in the same spot on the calendar each year, October sneaks up on me and causes me to panic. Every. Single. Year. It…

  • Faith,  Hope,  Prayer

    Guard Your Hope

    This blog post has been etched on my heart for many years, and I am so excited to share what I believe is a message every believer needs to hear. It’s a lesson the Lord reminds me of so often and is something that I have discussed with my friends and family at length over the years. So, I pray that you feel challenged and encouraged by what I feel the Lord wants you to hear today.   According to the Myers-Briggs personality assessment, I am an ENFP. I am the extrovert of all extroverts. I am enthusiastic, outgoing, spontaneous, impulsive, energetic, empathetic and, at times, spastic. God made me…

  • Faith,  Family,  Motherhood,  Parenting,  Stress

    Treasure It!

    Motherhood is still pretty new to me. My sweet little Charis Anne is about 17 months old, and she does a great job of keeping me on my toes. I have genuinely loved every second of being a mom. It has changed me for the better, I believe. And one of the ways that I love most is the fact that I have a better understanding of the never-ending, unconditional, truly radical love God has for me. I feel like God is constantly giving me these revelations of who He is through my relationship with Charis. I have grown to love these moments and truly treasure the new and exciting revelations I…