Dear Diary: Therapy, Mom Guilt, & Gardening

At the end of March, Joe and I announced an early “Summer Break” for the podcast, which will return in July. In place of extending that break to the writing I do here, I’m going to get a little less formal and a little more vulnerable with you, dear reader and friend, and write a weekly journal entry on Saturdays for the time being. I hope you enjoy 🙂 Continue reading Dear Diary: Therapy, Mom Guilt, & Gardening

6 Ways We Are Handling the COVID-19 Crisis, How About You?

While our season is ending, we wanted to let you know that our thoughts and our hearts are with you right now. We are thinking about and praying for this community, along with all of our loved ones and neighbors all over the world as we practice social distancing and hope for the light at the end of the tunnel. For what little comfort we might be able to offer, we share some laughs in this un-edited bonus episode of the podcast, along with 6 ways we are handling the COVID-19 Crisis: Continue reading 6 Ways We Are Handling the COVID-19 Crisis, How About You?

Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story — Three Lessons from Disney’s Hercules

Good morning, friends! Today, Joe and I finish off Season 1 of the podcast, and it is definitely bittersweet to think about taking a break! I hope we leave you feeling a little lighter on your feet, and a little more rooted in who you are. So, we really tried to leave you with the best we have today. We talk about imposter syndrome, finding your purpose, learning how to fail, and becoming the person you hope to become. Continue reading Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story — Three Lessons from Disney’s Hercules

Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story — Three Lessons from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Today, Joe and I hone in on one specific aspect of becoming the hero of your own story: overcoming the darkness within. We talk about shame, confronting your weaknesses while the stakes are low, “rescuing” others, how opposition in all things leads us to more freely exercise our agency, and more. Continue reading Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story — Three Lessons from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Educating Your Kids at Home During Quarantine

Yesterday, Joe and I did a live Q&A about educating your kids at home during the coronavirus quarantine. My husband has a PhD in Education, but we are first and foremost parents. After listening to several exasperated mamas plead for understanding about suddenly facing the call for the “proper credentials” and the emotional bandwidth to coach their children through their schoolwork at home, I asked Joe to come on and offer some support and advice. Continue reading Educating Your Kids at Home During Quarantine

Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story — Three Lessons from the Lord of the Rings with Mary Furse

You guys!!! This is my incredible sister-in-law, Mary Furse! Did you know that she sews her own cosplay? And that she happened to have a picture of one from the Lord of the Rings?! That’s right, folks. This will be an episode to remember – a gathering of fans, per say. We had SO much fun. But it was also a truly meaningful discussion. We chat about self-doubt, pressing through, and remind each other that you can’t pour from an empty tank. Continue reading Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story — Three Lessons from the Lord of the Rings with Mary Furse

Are You Comfortable Being Uncomfortable?

Last week’s article about Human Trafficking was not the only difficult conversation I’ve had recently. Within the last two weeks I’ve talked with trusted friends about: being picky in your friendships, why I choose to homeschool, immigration, taking in refugees
patriotism, abortion, capitalism, specific beliefs about God and heaven (including eternal marriage, sin, and being saved), shame
pornography, divorce, mental health issues, racism, finances, the concept of attractiveness, terminal illness… You get the picture. It isn’t easy. Honestly, sometimes it’s overwhelming. But it is worth it, and here’s why. Continue reading Are You Comfortable Being Uncomfortable?

Getting Educated About Human Trafficking and Abuse

This one is a little heavy today, friends, but I watched a video recently that I couldn’t not share. I know abuse exists, and I often pray for people who did not grow up as blessed and safe and loved as I did. But, if I’m being 100% honest, that is the extent of what I know about abuse. When I watched this sweet young woman speak, I made a few personal resolutions about things that I can do beyond prayer, and I wanted to share those with you, too: Continue reading Getting Educated About Human Trafficking and Abuse