Making the Most of the Time

My mom recently made the observation that about one-third of the time we have with our oldest son Luke living in our home is gone. Over. Poof. Well, how did that happen? Cue the tears because that was a fast six years that we will never get back. Luke has moved from babyhood to boyhood…

Your Kids Need Your Patience, Not Your Power

  There are times when I’m reading God’s Word and a verse seems to literally jump off the page at me. Maybe a light bulb of understanding flashes on in my mind or a connection is made for the first time. Most often, the lamp of God’s Word shines deep within, and His Spirit pricks…

The Home as the Hub of Life on Mission

Our family is in the process of moving from one house to another, and I’m kind of feeling all the feels about it. There’s the nostalgia and twinge of sadness as we say goodbye to a house where we’ve made sweet memories and grown as a family, but there’s also the excitement about a new…

What I want for you Most

To my boys…my little arrows…my warriors in training: I often think about what I want for you most.  Hopes deep within my soul turn into prayers poured  from my heart and oftentimes whispered from my lips throughout my days. Do I want you to have good health and talent and success and a life of…

7 Truths for Parenting

I recently walked out of an OB appointment before seeing the doctor. With tears in my eyes, I tried to avoid the nurse’s gaze and keep my voice from shaking as I gathered our things and told her I would have to reschedule. Because of a change in my husband’s typical schedule, I had both…

Give them Jesus

  I so often look at those happy smiling faces, and I long to keep them small. To keep them safe. To keep them unaware and protected from the brokenness and dysfunction in the world around them. Ashley Madison. Extramarital affairs. Rampant pornography addiction. Abuse. Millions oppressed in sex slavery. Millions aborted before they even…

First-trimester: The blessing of weakness

I’ve just recently come through {survived} the first trimester of my third pregnancy, and while I am so thankful that this precious life is growing inside of me, I think it’s been the most challenging one yet. When I was pregnant with John Wicks, I shared some of the funnier parts of first-trimester pregnancy, and…

Motherhood

Here I am again. At the end of the day. At the end of myself. Motherhood has to be the hardest and most beautiful job on earth. Yes, messy and hard and beautiful and precious. It’s hard because people are hard. It’s messy because people are messy. And it’s beautiful and precious because people are…

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Dear Luke, Today you are three years old. I am sad at how fast the years are flying by. Truly, life is a vapor—here today, gone tomorrow. But I have so much joy when I reflect on how you are growing and thriving and soaking up the joys of childhood life. This morning as I…

Motherhood is Sanctifying

It’s true what they say: Nothing can fully prepare you for motherhood. Regardless of how many books you read and mothers you watch, it’s a learn-on-the-journey lifelong experience. I am constantly studying my boys and seeking to learn them well, but I’ve been surprised at just how much I’ve learned about myself through this whole mothering gig….

Mother’s Day Weekend 2014

Mother’s Day weekend was really special this year. My entire family came for a visit—a rare and welcomed treat. I got to spend Mother’s Day with my mom and my boys.  {And just because the outtakes are comical and tell the real story….here you go!} John Wicks was dedicated to the Lord on Mother’s Day. In other…

Rest and the Gospel

Rest seems elusive these days. Each new day brings a host of tasks to complete and, seemingly, not enough time to complete them. Both food preparation and the feeding of little mouths are constant. As soon as one meal is completed and cleaned up, it’s almost time to start preparing for the next. Inordinate amounts…