That will never happen to me….

She flat-out bawled uncontrollably at the tragic news. Her two older sisters had brought home five—-count them, five—–birthday party invitations within three weeks. She had not. I assured her: You will have parties to attend.  You will receive invitations.  Your social life has not collapsed, bit the dust, or ended in ruin within the first […]


The Pumpkin Rule

We have this long-standing family rule. My husband tells my daughters every year at the pumpkin patch before we scramble onto the tractor for the hayride out to the fields: “You have to pick a pumpkin you can carry….yourself.…as in Mom and Dad aren’t carrying your pumpkin for you.” They nod their little blond heads […]


Morning Prayers to Whisper in Between the Snooze Button (AKA Kids)

I do not understand the snooze button on an alarm clock.  I never have. To me, sleep only works when you’re actually sleeping. The first beep of an alarm wakes me up.  From that moment on, my mind is racing on into the day.  I’m not sleeping; I’m thinking. Worse yet, I’m thinking without actually […]


I Know a Good Question When I See One

At the pumpkin patch, they handed us a paper with clues and a purple crayon for the scavenger hunt. Follow the clues to places all over the farm and collect the letters.  Unscramble the letters at the end and find the answer to this question: What’s the name of the largest pumpkin we grow here […]


Eat Cereal and Go to Disney?

My daughter announced at the breakfast table that if we wanted to go to Disney World we all needed to eat a particular cereal. “You want to go to Disney, right?” She asked her five-year-old sister. Such an unfair question.  Of course, the five-year-old nodded, ‘yes.’ “Then you need to eat this cereal, see?” I […]


25 Bible Verses on Rest

Genesis 2:2-3 ESV And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.  So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in […]

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Where I Confess How Long It Has Been Since I Saw the Dentist…

I skipped the first appointment because my baby was due and the C-section delivery meant no driving for me.  Plus, there was the normal craziness of schools, carpools, and activities piled on top of having a newborn. I was justified. I skipped the next appointment because our schedule never slowed down.  Every time I thought […]


I like my marshmallows crispy (AKA burnt)

She holds the marshmallow too close to the blue flame and it ignites.  Then she blows with one puff of her cheeks and giggles at the sight of her charred and blackened puff of sugar on a stick. I tease her that she burns them on purpose and she confesses as much: “I like them […]


Dear Baby Boy, You’ve Been Teaching Me A Bunch This First Year

Dear Andrew, Tomorrow is your first birthday.  This means nothing to you, of course, but your sisters have waited impatiently for the ‘real’ birthday with actual cake and actual presents. We’ve spent a year celebrating milestones and ‘firsts’ and you’ve been growing all along, learning little by little:  Smiles, chattering, crawling, clapping.  We cheered you […]


Dear daughter, what happened to the 90 pencils I already sent to school?

Seventy-two pencils. That is how many pencils we carried into her classroom the last week of August. We placed 72 yellow, No. 2 pencils into the communal pencil bin in the classroom where all the pencils go to be happily shared among the entire fourth grade classroom. That’s how it really works.  You don’t buy […]

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25 Bible Verses on Rest

Genesis 2:2-3 ESV And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.  So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in […]


50 Bible Verses for the Hard Days

On the hard days, I collect Bible verses on a paper I’ve ripped out of my journal.  I fold that paper up and tote it around everywhere I go. When anxiety hits, I pull my verses right out and finger the edge of the paper nervously as I whisper the God-Words aloud.  The aloud part […]


7 Prayers for Your Home and Family

It’s usually when I watch my children sleep. Or when my tired infant son finally relaxes his on-the-go muscles and snuggles into me as I sway next to his crib. That’s when I pray it.  Like a whispered prayer, one you can’t find all the words for, not when your heart is so full (or […]


35 Verses on Obeying God

35 Verses on Obeying God—even when it’s hard, doesn’t make sense, is scary, or you just plain out don’t want to…. Exodus 19:5 NIV Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession Exodus 23:22 ESV “But if you carefully obey his voice […]


10 Bible Verses for Labor Day

Exodus 20:8-10 NIV  “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor […]

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Book Review: The One Year Hearing His Voice Devotional

The One Year Hearing His Voice Devotional: 365 Days of Intimate Communication with God by Chris Tiegreen Several years ago, I received one of Chris Tiegreen’s One Year Devotionals as a Christmas present.  I’m usually a devotional critic, expecting more meat and substance to be packed in than most devotionals really deliver.  Yet, I fell […]


Book Review: Move On

Move On: When Mercy Meets Your Mess by Vicki Courtney Andy Stanley wrote, “Either you were a mess, are a mess, or are one dumb decision away from becoming a mess.”  With the human propensity for such a messy state, we all need mercy, and that’s the hope that Vicki Courtney offers in her book, […]


Book Review, Messy Beautiful Love

Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages by Darlene Schacht In her book on marriage, Messy Beautiful Love, Darlene Schacht shares a testimony of grace.  She’s not a marriage counselor or the perfect wife who has always gotten it all right.  She starts the book off right away with a reminder that she’s […]

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