the words every mother needs to hear

For all of you mamas with precious little (and not-quite-so-little-anymore) ones that have filled your womb, your home, or your heart – your labor of love and prayers and kingdom work matters! “To the best mommy ever.” Words written in bright crayon after the morning of frustration and doors slamming and yelling over muddy footprints […]

When you think you can’t do this anymore

I scratch out these words with fingers trembling – With this deep ache to get real and raw and vulnerable but just not knowing how. I. Am. Afraid. Weeks into the new year and I’m already shaking, slipping, shattered. Maybe it’s the aching realization that I’m just not cut out for this anymore. Some boy […]

To Moms Everywhere – what you need to hear this Christmas

To you moms everywhere, at Christmas – I see you sweet mama with hair in a messy bun and icing on your cheek as you stand in last year’s Christmas pajamas clattering out bowls as cereal gets dumped to overflowing – feeling this crazy concoction of being amazingly blessed and fiercely terrified right at this […]

When the World is a Mess at Christmas

Ten days before Christmas and it gets to feeling like the whole wide world is crumbling all around you. Squabbles over red cups drown out the songs of a Savior. And the tones of the bell ringers ring muffled by anger rising in the streets. And although it seems quite trivial, I never did print […]

When Grieving for My First Baby

A dozen years since that day I crumpled to the floor. Tears streaked all blotchy and lungs gasped fighting for one more stale breath. Twelve years. But the semblance of having a baby ripped right out from the inside still leaves its ache. It was the first time in our marriage that we had to […]

Getting Kids to Obey!

Often times I feel like this whole parenting thing is this extravagant experiment. Maybe in some ways we’re all looking for that magic formula to get our kids to obey. And, if I’m honest, I don’t feel any more equipped now to raise these half a dozen awesome kids of ours than I did ten […]

For All of You in Your Ordinary (and an Announcement!)

It’s a blur now – The days of having half a dozen kids in just as many years. Moments of tears and beauty and a whole lot of Band-Aids have wrapped together to make this lovely, heart-stretching thing that I call ordinary. And now somehow we’ve finished another school year and all the day in […]

For All the Mothers Everywhere

For all of you mamas with precious little (and not-quite-so-little-anymore) ones that have filled your womb, your home, or your heart – your labor of love and prayers and kingdom work matters! “To the best mommy ever.” Words written in bright crayon after the morning of frustration and doors slamming and yelling over muddy footprints […]

Dear Mama Who Doesn’t Like Being a Mom Today

She asked if I ever just didn’t like being a mom. If I ever just wished for a different life that was grander, more beautiful, quieter, better. Whispered of a life free from a five year-old crumpling on the floor with piercing screams because you won’t let her have a piece of gum at 7:13 […]

To You Mamas With Little Ones in Church

I watched as you walked in through the doors – hair pulled back in a ponytail with a babe on your hip, holding the hand of a little boy whose dusty brown shoe just found your toes with a crunch. Your little pigtailed girl trailed along behind, dragging the blue canvas bag containing coloring pages […]