Feeding the Soul

Stuck between Your Calling and Your Life: What Now?

My first decision of the morning starts around 10 pm the night before. As I sit on the edge of my bed, alarm clock in hand, I decide between sleep and an hour of quiet reading and reflection. I can’t do both; there is only enough time for one thing. When my alarm sounds the next morning, I face the decision again—snooze or rise and enter into that predetermined quiet space. These [Read more...]

My Favorite Books of 2016

I love reading, but when I became a mom, my reading time was devoted to Dr. Seuss and our weekly children’s library stack. I love a good rhyming life lesson as much as the next person, but I missed getting lost in a good story or learning something new about the world or myself from a new non-fiction selection. When I became super-intentional about goal setting a few years ago, I set out to [Read more...]

There’s No Such Thing as Just a Mom

I’m a nurse. I’m an accountant. I work in real estate. Around the room, women introduced themselves to our new small group. A tender-hearted woman with dark, sincere eyes stated her name and added, “I’m just a mom.” Her gaze shifted to the floor as if she belonged on the bottom rung of whatever ladder these introductions created. I wanted to stop everything, draw [Read more...]

5 Movies to Watch When You Need a Good Cry

I don’t like to cry. My medical chart lists it as a diagnosis: dry eye disease. My aversion to crying is one part physiological and one part control freak. I try my best to hold it together at all times. It makes me feel bad sometimes, especially when someone breaks down in front of me and I can’t deliver sympathy tears. My heart feels it, but my eyes stay dry. However, a time comes [Read more...]

Summer Memories that Make Me Smile

We are in the sunset of our summer break. I get a little reflective during a sunset. It’s the perfect time to look back and remember what went right, and find joy tucked in unusual places. This summer doesn’t have charts and schedules like usual. I chillaxed, as the cool kids (used to) say. The girls have a few chores each day, and they get to spend the rest of the time doing what [Read more...]

10 Things to Do When Mama Needs a Time Out

Do you ever felt like your mommy head might explode? Be it a colicky baby, a mischievous middle child, or a sassy-mouthed teen, sometimes our kids push us to the limit. Add the housework, responsibilities outside the home, and the fatigue inherent with motherhood, and we moms can be a ticking time bomb. Let’s face it, girls. Sometimes mama needs a time out. Whether you have three minutes or [Read more...]

Finding a Different Beautiful in Unexpected Places

“When we can see the beautiful in the unexpected, we learn to find joy and celebration in what is, instead of mourning what isn’t.” (Courtney Westlake, A Different Beautiful) The beaches of the Florida Panhandle are hard to beat. White sand and blue water under the pinkish-orange sunset sky is a true masterpiece of our Creator. If you ask me to take you somewhere beautiful, this [Read more...]

How to Find Your Summer Break Sanity

Can summer break be over? It’s kids all day, every day. (Teachers, how do you even deal?) I start each day with an awesome and ambitious list of all the things I plan to accomplish. I put off my shower in hopes I can go for a run. I end up missing my run because getting a two-year-old and twelve-year-old out the door is like wrangling two skittish squirrels into a coffee can. I spend the [Read more...]

5 Book Recommendations from My Mid-Year Favorites

At the beginning of the year, I set a goal to read two books a month. I started with a list of titles I wanted to read. Along the way, I picked up book recommendations from my sister, my friends, and a few writers I follow. The number of books I want to read far exceeds the amount of time I have so I appreciate others’ endorsements to help me narrow the list down a bit. We are at the [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...]