• Family,  Parenting

    Happy Maycember!

    “I love the last two weeks of school!” (…said NO MOM EVER!) Friends, we are in the homestretch, and let me tell you, with all honesty, I am phoning it in! As much as I love my children and want them to succeed in school, I am over all the last-minute projects and end-of-the-year field trips, the awards ceremonies and the concerts, the sign-ups for year-end party donations and the requests to be in eight different places at once. My second grader was upset with me that I couldn’t attend her last field trip because I had already promised my sixth grader that I’d attend her class’s year-end picnic. (I…

  • 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,  Family,  Love,  Motherhood,  Parenting

    Love Through Fingerprints (Part 2)

    Happy Valentine’s Day!  I am hoping you all can take a moment and reach out to anyone you think may be in need of a kind word, hug, or high-five! We have really come to enjoy Valentine’s Day at our house. My husband and I exchange something small most years (gift card, flowers, card, date night). Our focus is on our sweet girls! Monte brought them balloons and I have chocolate heart suckers and bubble wands to give them when our oldest gets off of the bus. Of course, they get Dove chocolate hearts from their Nonn and Nonna every year! Dove chocolates are ALWAYS a favorite at the Edwards’…

  • Blog,  Family,  Motherhood,  Parenting,  Uncategorized

    Love Through Fingerprints (Part 1)

    Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! While praying over what to write about for my blog entry this month, I kept coming up blank. Perhaps the pressure of posting on Valentine’s Day was getting in my head! I considered writing about love, marriage, friendship, and similar topics related to this Hallmark holiday; however, every subject that came to my mind fell flat in my heart. When preparing for my blog entries, I pray about what God wants me to write about. When I am going through challenges in my life, I pray writing about them brings clarity to me. I pray sharing my difficulties allows others to feel they are not alone…

  • Family,  Love,  Parenting

    “Just Carrots”

    I have often wondered, since becoming a parent, if God views us the way we view our own children. If you are a mother, I know you remember laying eyes on your child for the first time; the overwhelming love felt almost painful for me. Or when your child has a scraped knee and your parental kiss fixes the discomfort inexplicably. Or when your kid finally understands a math concept, you celebrate their victory with pure joy! Do you think God sees us this way? I have had a couple of experiences as a parent that posed the question of how God must feel about His children’s victories and falters.…

  • 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…

  • Faith,  Family,  Motherhood,  Prayer,  Relationships

    Sometimes We All Need A Little Push

    Let’s face it, no matter where you are on your journey in this life, nearly all of us have experienced isolation. Isolation, by definition, is to be removed from or apart from or having minimal contact with others. There are many ways we can find ourselves isolated; we may find we are isolated from social environments, isolated financially, isolated from being in a work atmosphere, or even geographically isolated having been relocated or moved. While I knew growing my family would change the dynamics of our home and social life, some of the isolation I’ve felt at different times certainly wasn’t anything I was prepared for. Let me just first…

  • Faith,  Family,  Hope,  Motherhood,  Parenting

    The Day the Devil Stole

    The day the devil stole wasn’t unlike most days. I suppose that’s how he sneaks into our thoughts, actions and our hearts. I yelled, I blamed, I was very impatient (even more than usual), I was angry, I was bored, I was overstimulated, I was over-touched, I was so grumpy, AND it was only 1 pm on a Wednesday. The only circumstance differing from my routine was my oldest daughter stayed home from school due to illness. If my memory serves me correctly, I believe my five-year-old had a one-time vomiting episode due to a coughing fit, so I decided to keep her home with me and her two-year-old sister.…