MOM Motivation

Last week we had a fantastic conversation about how to pursue joy in this journey called Motherhood. Here are just a few of the Great Things that were mentioned: * Daily time with the Lord, relying on His strength and not our own * Remembering how it feels to be corrected and keeping that in […]

Fatherhood: A Tough Bill to Fill

Being a dad is a hard job. Yes, I know, momming is challenging, too. But, as I get older, God is giving me eyes to see my husband in light of the unique challenges he faces. It’s not all about me. Since ours is a one-income home, the responsibility of providing for our physical needs […]

What Makes You Joyful?

I’ve been thinking about this idea of “Joyful Motherhood.” I want my kids to remember me as being cheerful and not nagging. Patient instead of crabby. Pleasant rather than grouchy. I want to be able to keep it together when there’s paint on the floor — and the table — and the baby. one to […]

Street Safety

Lately, my concern over my children’s safety in and near automobiles has been heightened. We recently watched Bella, a beautiful movie, though tinged with the sadness and pain caused by an auto accident. That coupled with the tragic death of Maria Chapman, daughter of Stephen Curtis Chapman, has tempted me to retreat into my little […]

Counting It Joy

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. — James 1:2-4 Four years ago today I was meditating on these words as […]

To Be Joyful and To Do Good as Long as I Live

I was so pleased to stumble upon this scripture the other day. I was searching for “joyful” because I think that God desires that quality for his children. And lo and behold, here’s what I found: I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He […]

My Mom

She’s raised five children: three girls, then 2 boys. She’s taught kindergarten, Girl Scouts, and college. She’s been blessed by the arrivals of four grandsons and now four granddaughters. (Nanna is her name). She’s always had a fierce love for us kids. Her favorite saying, though grossly inaccurate, is “my child is always right.” While […]

Me as MOM

I am a mom. To some I am Jessica; others call me FishMama. My husband, God bless him, calls me “Super Ultra Lightning Babe.” But, for most of my day, Mama is my name. After God and my husband, my children are the most precious to me. It’s a good thing, too, since I have […]