Do the thing that you're afraid to do. For a few years now, I've been telling myself this on repeat. One of the things that makes me nervous? Learning how to swim. It seems silly. And being a family that's always outside, people are often surprised by this. I get it. I always tell my … Continue reading Swimming Lessons
Perhaps it's strange to sit on my bedroom balcony listening to the sounds of the city at night. My husband likes to avoid the noise. I, on the other hand, find it oddly soothing. Someone, somewhere, is having a party, and the sound of laughter intermingles with traffic and the occasional siren. There are fireworks … Continue reading Slowing Down
"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18 The past two years, and in particular the past two weeks, have felt surreal. I've watched friends lose their homes and their livelihoods due to lockdowns and mandates. I've watched families ripped apart over health decisions. I've seen … Continue reading Where is God in the Chaos?
"Why doesn't God ever answer my prayers?" Her anguish rolls down her cheeks in large, salty droplets. I gather her shaking body into my arms and hold her close. It was a little thing that set off the flood of tears, but I know the question stems from something much bigger. Why, Lord? I've asked … Continue reading When Your Child Wrestles with Big Questions
When my neighbour got too old to garden, the nettle moved in. It came in from the alley, under the fence. It spread through rhizomes -- rootstalks that crept unseen beneath the soil. The rhizomes sprung tall and dense patches of weeds. My neighbour's beautiful gardens, the ones that brought her so much joy, were … Continue reading Bitter Roots
As I spotted the sweater on the other side of the clothing rack, I knew. She was going to choose that one. It was blue camo. Old-school style fleece and massively oversized. It was everything I didn't like and everything she loves, and I'm trying to let her be herself. So when she picked … Continue reading Confessions of a Former Helicopter Mom: How Letting Go Has Changed Our Lives
Today is Bell Lets Talk day here in Canada. Whatever your thoughts on that, I think we can all agree that putting our stories out there is risky. Others have done it and their courage changed my life. Now it's my turn to be brave. This is the short version of my story, but it's … Continue reading When Being a Fighter Means Asking for Help
To be a mom is to be a receiver of dreams. Of confidences. Of innermost thoughts. "Mom, can I talk to you about something?" To be a mom is to be entrusted with the heart of a child. The good. The bad. The ugly. The beautiful. To be a mom is to take those secrets … Continue reading To Be a Mom
How should a Christian dissent? Is there a right way and a wrong way? What role are we called to play?
This post contains affiliate links. Please view our full disclosure policy here. A Diagnosis A diagnosis. It can change everything. When you know what you're dealing with, you can learn how to deal with it. Last month, one of our children was diagnosed with (inattentive) ADHD, a common neurodevelopmental disorder. I've struggled to understand this … Continue reading Homeschooling ADHD – A Diagnosis and Where We’re Going From Here