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

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

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

The Story of Esther: What is God Calling You to Do?

One of my goal words for 2020 is: Spirit-Led. Last year, a year of self-care, left me with a profound desire to ensure this sense of renewal that I feel is put to good use. I regularly find myself asking, What is God calling me to do today? Am I directing my effort where it matters the most? I am therefore reminded of a favorite Bible story… Continue reading The Story of Esther: What is God Calling You to Do?

The Importance of Small Wins

I’ve been thinking about the importance of small wins, lately — breathing, waking up with the sun, watching it set… One of the difficult things about survival mode is: it can make you feel as if you aren’t accomplishing anything. You put all of your energy into making it through the day, but when your head finally hits that pillow, you always seem to be two steps behind. But, maybe you’re accomplishing more than you think. Continue reading The Importance of Small Wins

What To Do When You’re Struggling: 15 Ways to Manage Stress and All the Things

How are you feeling, friend? Truly, deeply feeling? I feel like we need to catch up. Soul to soul. Whether it’s stress or anxiety, physical debilitation or loss, ALL of us are dealing with something. We all struggle. And life is so good, but it can also be hard. So, maybe, as we look for a starting point to keep putting one foot in front of another, we can do it together. What do you say? Continue reading What To Do When You’re Struggling: 15 Ways to Manage Stress and All the Things

The Number One Mindset Trap When It Comes To Romance

Many women have maddeningly expressed to me (with regard to their significant other): “I want him to want to… I don’t want to him to do it because he feels like he has to.” Men, on the other hand, often declare (with some warranted exasperation): “How will I know what she wants if she doesn’t tell me?” Or, “I can’t read her mind.” And they both make a great point! But I have a new definition of romance for you that is going to blow your mind… Continue reading The Number One Mindset Trap When It Comes To Romance

Remember to Say “Thank You”

This Thanksgiving, my son swallowed a penny… And that is how, over the course of just a few hours, more than 10 people improved a difficult situation by being willing to show up and show compassion, even if they didn’t get the day off. The question I want to pose to you today is: who are the 10+ people making a difference in your story? And have you thanked them? Continue reading Remember to Say “Thank You”

Affirmations for Intentional Living

Less than one month left of 2019! I’ve been thinking a lot about the year of purposeful growth and hard work it has been — dealing with all of my baggage and how it affects the people I love. There are so many sayings that got me through difficult days, or helped me with my goal of intention, and I wanted to give you this piece of my heart. As you reflect, I hope these words will help you feel empowered, encouraged, capable, and loved. Continue reading Affirmations for Intentional Living