Little, HARD Things

As I type this I’m sniffling back tears. It’s been a week of “little, but significant” HARD things. Let’s face it. The month has been like that. Dear friends are moving — to Australia. Do you know how expensive it is to fly eight people to the land down under? Money was stolen from my […]

You are Not Alone

photo source Wednesday night I came home from my dinner party to discover that my ten year old had shingles. Yes, really. I recognized it from ten years ago when FishPapa had them. The three boys at the time got chicken pox. This particular child was just a baby and got the worst ever. All […]

Reflections on Pregnancy Loss

This weekend we celebrated our miracle baby’s 12th birthday. Every year it gives me pause to see how much time has passed and how our family has grown — in size and maturity — since the evil year of 1999. For those of you just tuning in, here’s the short version of my miscarriage story. […]

Shopping with Mercy

The internet is a beautiful thing. I’ve met real-life and “virtual” friends as well as learned amazing things over the years since I plugged in. Even moreso since we kissed dial-up goodbye. I’ve also encountered amazing ministries, thanks to the world wide web. If not for the Compassion Bloggers’ trips, I don’t think that we’d […]

With Wings Like Eagles

I loved what Deanna had to say in her last post, didn’t you? Though her babes are less than three years old, she’s gained such wisdom in her early years of motherhood. Trial by fire, in some ways, yes, but iron is strengthened in the forge, isn’t it? That is motherhood in a nutshell. It’s not […]

Identify Your Stressors & Pray

On any given day, I find that I’m anxious about something. It might be the van breaking down. Or a financial woe. Or just worries that I’m doing it all wrong with my kids. Often I don’t know exactly what has me mal a l’aise, but I know there is something in my life or […]

Time for a Nice, Cool Cup of Grace

cool cup of grace

Recently, my eight-year spent a day of struggling. I don’t even remember what the struggles were. I just remember he growled a few times. He might have given the ugly look to each and every one of his siblings. It was clear he was frustrated. When he punched out the window screen, I knew we […]

Happy People

Happy people are fun to be with. How can I be one of them? We have this interesting dynamic going on at our house. Some of my kids are really into laughing, clapping, humming, dancing. Others? Not so much. Recently, an older sibling was shushing a younger one for expressing that joie de vivre. I […]