Please Pay Attention To Me (The Plea)

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There she was.  Just like every morning, I could feel her head resting next to my hand, waiting for me to softly and slowly rub her head until she felt fully awake. Her eyes glow green in the early morning hours, and my little pre-frenzy gift from God is to watch those eyes come slowly […]


The Truth About Raising A Generation (pulling thorns and planting seeds)

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Choosing to nurse my babies was a game changer for my family, the generation before me.  A little surprise, a little shame to shake off and a new way of doing things was my first brave decision to raise the next generation. If I had know that this decision would have been the easiest prickly […]


Dear Stay At Home Mom: You Are Not Forgotten

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I champion the working mom.  I champion the single mom.  I honestly don’t think I would do well at either. God truly gives us the strength where and when we need it.  I have seen this in the mama’s I come into contact with every day. Sometimes, the motherhood that quietly watches on as the […]


I Wish That I Could Protect You From… (Life)


Dear Child of Mine It is hard to tell you this.  I do not really have all of the answers you may seek as you grow up. I want you to remember that I wish I could protect you from the cares of this world. But, that wouldn’t be the best thing I could do […]


When Quiet Is Screaming Your Name


I do better with quiet.  Some humans don’t.  I have a house full of them.  The gathering, the food, the people and the talk. Most of my household thrives on living small in a big way.  Big conversations, big meals and happy laughter. Myself and maybe one or two of us are in the minority […]


What We All Really Want For Mother’s Day


Once I was a young(er) mom. Four little clones of their father sitting around me on the 2nd Sunday in May we call Mother’s Day. I remember it well because I had envisioned the perfect celebration of me. A crown and quiet were both in my plan. Cards and flowers would add color and fun. […]


Because Some Days I Don’t Want To Talk About Motherhood


This week, I went to the store by myself. I really did. I am sure you must think me pathetic for not making the time in my week, or month, or life to make this happen. I don’t expect you to understand. Honestly, I don’t. I just wanted to tell you. I also know there are […]


Your Husband Needs a Wife, Not Another Mother


It had been a long time since we held hands.  I missed him and now we were just living out the motions of married life. Not even a hello or a goodbye.  Which would press the air out of my lungs to hear the door close behind him in the morning. He was sick about it […]


The Ridiculous Notion That I Have It All Together (a keepin’ it real Monday)


Ten years ago, when I had “only” six youngin’s under the age of 11, and life was smaller, simpler and cleaner than an average day in the woods, I had one of those “AHA,” moments. An acquaintance of mine stopped in unannounced to drop something off.  With hospitality always at the center of my heart […]


How To See Past The Mess And Into The Miracle


I am the pile princess. I’ve got kids therefore I’ve got piles. Piles of socks. Balls. Toys. Clothes. Paper (oh my do I have paper piles). Dishes. Laundry. Books. Magazines. Coupons. Pictures. My heart longs to get all this stuff that piles up around me ordered, organized and under control. Is it too much to […]