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