On Faith

Last year while I was struggling through a difficult phase of my daughter’s NICU admission, I went on a walk with a friend. I just needed someone to talk to. We walked through the neighborhood for an hour or so. And while we walked I shared the difficulties I was coping with and my faith … Read more

Seeing God

I’ve found that seeing God comes in spurts. He’s always there but sometimes He is right there. Sometimes I feel like I’m grasping to try to find out what He’s saying. But sometimes it comes clearly and suddenly. Last year was a clearly and suddenly season. I’ve been reflecting on it, as I glide into … Read more

A Group Community Service Project

I was at the parent’s meeting for our new homeschool group when the mothers lamented that they wished they had another group community service project idea besides tying blankets for our local children’s hospital. Since I used to hot a monthly service club for kids, I jumped right in. I learned a lot while hosting … Read more

Reflecting on the Healers

I teared up in the cardiologist’s office this morning. My daughter got a wonderful report on her heart repair. Reflecting on where we were throughout this year, hearing the report today, I felt so grateful. It looks so good, and her cardiologist said she doesn’t need to be seen for six months! For someone who … Read more

God’s Unexpected Miracles

Just over a year ago I received the news that my fifth child (a girl!) would be born with Down Syndrome. I felt so overwhelmed at the thought of adding a child with special needs to our family. Could I still homeschool? How would I devote equal attention to her four older siblings? Would I … Read more

Hold On to Joy

I watched two of my kids leap onto a zipline swing yesterday. I was too far away to hear their laughter, but I saw it on their faces. And my heart surged with joy. I wanted to hold on to that joy, keep it from leaving. And it got me wondering about joy and how … Read more

Praise the Lord

I’ve been reading Psalms lately. And it’s brought to the forefront of my mind a truth that I learned this year. Praising God brings us the peace of His Spirit. Seems simple. Yet, it’s something that I hadn’t really experienced a whole lot of until this year. I’m naturally quite tone deaf. And I’m a … Read more

Let Things Go: Praise for NOT Doing It

It’s a busy season over here. Busy might actually not describe this season. We are fluctuating between chaos and stumbling. And I’ve had to pare back on what I can do. And today I just wanted to step in and say, it’s okay to not do everything. It’s okay to let things go for a … Read more

I Didn’t Ask for This: Mothering Through Trial

I’ve spent the last few months fluctuating between feeling gratitude and frustration.I’ve felt so grateful that the Lord has prepared me through previous experiences for this current trying time. Yet, I’ve felt so overwhelmed that I’ve cried out that I didn’t ask for this and I don’t want it anymore.  Our youngest child was born … Read more

We’re All Just People

I read a post about motherhood today. One where the author insisted that though she often felt the need to justify it, she was not “just a mother.” It’s not the first post I’ve read like that. It won’t be the last. But today I really got thinking. She is no more “just a mother” … Read more