Parenting

Mamas, Be Kind to Your Future Self

Do you ever get to the end of your day and say to yourself, “Good job! You got it all done?” No? Me either. I perpetually transfer tasks from today’s to-do list to tomorrow’s. I am never finished. Yes, I am busy, but my main enemy is procrastination. Why ruin this moment by doing something I don’t want to do when later seems like a perfectly good time to do it? What [Read more...]

Parents Can Make Digital Media Matter with SmartFeed

Every Friday night, my family gathers around our living room for Pizza Movie Night. Plates piled high with pizza and cups with lids (because we spill a lot) sit in laps and on the oversized ottoman. Because we rarely turn the TV on during the week, the kids buzz with excitement. Mom and Dad exhale the final breath of our week-long race, wordlessly proclaiming, “we made it through another [Read more...]

On Hamilton, Legacy, and Motherhood: Will They Tell My Story?

“Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.” (from Hamilton: An American Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda)   I finally jumped on the Hamilton train. It’s a runaway train. I can’t stop listening to it. History told in melodic poetry has that effect on me, it seems. My initial emotional response was tangled up in the idea of [Read more...]

What I Did Instead of Setting New Year’s Goals

I am tired of feeling overwhelmed. Years of goal-setting and driving hard to achieve those goals left me feeling frazzled, stretched, and out of focus. When presented with an opportunity to read Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregorie’s new book, Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity, I knew I needed whatever they had to say to me. The book did not disappoint. Kathi and Cheri [Read more...]

Most Popular Posts of 2016

The end of the year is a time for reflection and review. I think we can all agree, 2016 wasn’t all that great. A review of the top news stories reveals all bad news, led by the election. Selective amnesia, anyone? With all the bad, 2016 had its high moments. The world celebrated together in Rio. Dory found her parents. Alabama won the National Championship. And who can forget Chewbacca Mom? [Read more...]

Gifts to Encourage Spiritual Growth in Your Tween Girl

This time of year, kids can’t get through a conversation with an adult without being asked the million dollar question: “What do you want for Christmas?” Around October, I start jotting down ideas for my own kids. We keep it simple with three gifts per child, so I only need a few ideas to get me started. This year, my tweenager surprised me by asking for a new Bible. The [Read more...]

Celebrating National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month. While I am not an adoptive parent, I wholeheartedly support the cause. I want to take some time to honor adoptive parents, shed some light on the adoption process, and share ways you can help. I called on some of my dear friends to help.   How Adoption Destroyed My Life Maybe ruination is where we are supposed to live. Maybe this adoption thing is hard [Read more...]

Dear Daughter: Perfection Isn’t the Goal

Today, I share a daughter letter in Lauren Flake’s “Dear Daughter ” Letter series. Dear Daughter, You are a good child. Your heart wants to do the right thing simply because it is the right thing. When presented with two choices, you often think about the rules and the consequences and choose accordingly. You take pride in the straight line you walk, and I do, too. Mamas need a [Read more...]

How Can We Develop a Thankful Heart?

My daughter sat on the floor with her dresser drawers open, surrounded by fabric casualties. She repeated the phrase that so many of us utter in the early morning hours–“I don’t have anything to wear!” Ankle deep in clothing she picked out at the store, she couldn’t find anything suitable to wear. I scolded her with a less than patient tone. I pointed to three [Read more...]

What I Know to Be True About Character

I have about thirty minutes to write about character today. Thirty minutes is roughly how long my son’s nap music lasts. He stopped napping last week. He climbed out of his baby bed during nap time. I heard a thump followed by, “I did it!” He was so proud, and I watched five to ten hours of sanity slip through my fingers. Since the great escape, I try to make him stay in his new [Read more...]