You’re Going To Miss The Good Stuff Trying To Avoid The Hard

The child you can read from the moment they open their eyes in the morning? It's either a good day or a potentially bad day.  You know it right from the get-go. I get it.  All the way. The builder has learned to read me and I have … [Continue reading]

Keeping Your Home In Sync With Your Life (simply put: a chore system for your family)

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My home will never be spotless.  I honest to goodness gave up on caring about shiny railings, spotless windows and neatly folded towels in my home while raising a house full of children. We clean and we scrub and we apply elbow grease, … [Continue reading]

Giving In Or Getting To The Problem (Raising Kids That Hear You)

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"Do you hear me? I am tired of saying the same thing over and over." "We have been through this before and you are still not getting it.  What do I need to do for you to hear what I am saying?" Children do not hear you when you are yelling. … [Continue reading]

How To Take The Safe Steps When You’re Walking A Tightrope

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I've been told that you can only hear the hollow echo of your own breath, see the tunnel of sight in front of you and think about one thing when your stranded mid air on a tightrope.  Just getting to the other side. One step in front of the other. … [Continue reading]

Falling In Love With Your Spouse (all over again) Part 1 Series

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The silence was so thick, it pressed on my heart like a vice.  I would sit at the dinner table and inwardly fume at all of the imperfections I felt were looming in the man at the head of our table.  Hearing him rise and leave in the morning turned to … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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, … [Continue reading]

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

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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 … [Continue reading]

When Quiet Is Screaming Your Name

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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 … [Continue reading]