May 2016

The Importance of Establishing Family Traditions

On Friday night, my kids never ask what’s for dinner or what we are doing. Somewhere along our family’s history, Friday was dubbed Pizza Movie Night. Every Friday, with very few exceptions, we order pizza and all settle in on the brown sofa with some overflow onto the love seat. We pour our soda into cups, always with lids because clumsiness is wound tightly in my genes (and sticky runs deep [Read more...]

Five Favorite (Free) Films for Family Movie Night

Friday night at our house is always Pizza Movie Night. I never have to think about what I will make for dinner. The kids never have to wonder what we are doing. We grab a slice and cozy up on the couch for our comfortable, dependable tradition. The only question I have to answer is “what are we watching?” This often presents a conundrum as the age ranges for Pizza Movie Night viewers [Read more...]

When My Worship Is All About Me

I stood in the worship service, hands lifted as music filled me. Emotions swirled in those moments: love for the God who first loved me, gratitude for both life and eternal life through Jesus, a sense of awe at the presence of the Holy Spirit. The speakers rattled just a bit as the volume of the music rose, my thoughts were lost in the chords and phrases. Worship is a sacred place for us to [Read more...]

How to Make Awesome Pinterest-Free Summer Memories

Think back to your childhood summers. What comes to mind? I remember the hot Alabama sun, red dirt in the front yard, and the chlorinated pool water burning my eyes. I remember sticky peanut butter and marshmallow cream sandwiches, June bugs performing tricks while tied to a string, and epic bike wrecks in the gravel driveway. I enjoyed these summer days with siblings and neighbor friends long [Read more...]

Midyear Goal Review and Revamp

While July 1st is technically the middle of the year, the end of the school year and beginning of summer is well suited for a midyear checkup. How are all of those New Year’s resolutions coming along? I’ll wait here just a minute while you look for the paper you wrote your goals on so you can remember what they were. Found them? How is it going? Most folks have stopped trying to [Read more...]

Raise Your Words, Not Your Voice

“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” ~Rumi I am not prone to yelling. Much. I remember yelling at my brothers and sister when we were young. It was probably over a Matchbox car or someone eating the last Little Debbie. As an adult, I know there are times I let my voice get a little loud during “discussions” with my husband. This is often the [Read more...]

Finding My Joy in the Grin and Bear It

Are you in a season of grin and bear it like me? The kids and I are counting down the number of wake-ups left in this school year. Reading logs are crumpled on the desk somewhere. My two-year-old found his will (and it is strong like The Hulk). I lack the determination to make my children bathe as often as they should. Survival until the final school bell rings is the goal. In all the grin and [Read more...]

On Losing My Job and Losing Control

Most weeks, you can trace the beat of my heart through my posts. My struggles and epiphanies often come as I sit here at the keyboard and work out my words. This week, however, a more directed, personal update seems in order. I lost my job. (This is a stunning statement. I come by this propensity to shock with words quite naturally. See, my dad can take a rather ordinary event and make it quite [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Encouragement for All Kinds of Moms

Mothers come in all varieties. Moms of one, moms of mega-families, super mom, single mom, homeschooling mom, grieving mom, room mom, empty nest mom, mentoring mom, bio mom, adoptive mom, new mom, hoping to be mom, struggling being mom. Because we mothers are a varied bunch, our response to Mother’s Day can also be a buffet of emotions. Some embrace it as a day to celebrate their mothering [Read more...]

Dear Mother, Do You Feel Like You Lost Yourself?

Dear Mother, Where did you go? And how do you find yourself again? Sometimes we lose ourselves somewhere between that first sighting of two pink lines and the car full of kids we now mother. The days of refereeing fights and scrubbing gum off the sofa seem to outnumber the days of harmonious zoo trips and picture-perfect picnics in the backyard. Our lists of responsibilities far outweigh the [Read more...]