The kids were at camp last week. I initially made the investment for their benefit, but quickly realized that it was an investment in myself as well. Sometimes, moms need a break. To refresh. To recharge. To sit in silence and simply breathe. My children are my job, my ministry, my calling. I love them … Continue reading A Week of Silence
In the noise and in the hustle, there’s a voice that whispers, “Come, My child, and rest.” In the twirling, whirling chaos of life, there’s a place of quiet that beckons. Peace, Even in the midst of it all. “Come away with Me.” Words so sweet, so full of promise. Words so soft, they … Continue reading Rest for the Overwhelmed Mom
To the mom who feels forgotten, You go on social media, longing for connection. And you see pictures. Pictures that were you once upon a time. Sometimes, you miss it. It was a lifetime ago that you had it. The camaraderie of coworkers. The dinners and events. Phone calls and meetings and the whirlwind of … Continue reading To the Mom Who Feels Forgotten…
Being a mom is a pretty big job. And being a homeschool mom? It's tough too. There are days when you have nothing more to give but still must give more. On those days, there's nothing sweeter than to carve out a few moments to curl up with a life-giving book. A book written by … Continue reading Christmas Gift Ideas: Five Inspiring Books for the Homeschool Mom
The dryer buzzes loud in the morning silence with another load to be folded. There are piles of already-folded laundry on the living room floor next to bags that have yet to be unpacked from a weekend away. Our school day is starting soon and the girls should have been awake and ready long before … Continue reading You are not enough … and that’s okay.
"All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness..." (Psalm 25:10). Morning calm. The girls are sleeping in and I am taking advantage of a few extra minutes of quiet before the daily chaos begins. I've been working on making home a haven, despite the fact that the walls need to be painted … Continue reading My Home, My Haven
“Older women … are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” (Titus 2:3-5, NIV) I feel it acutely. There’s my mom, of course. She is an … Continue reading To the moms whose kids are grown…
Dear Mama who is home with the little ones, There is something I need to share, something on my heart. You see, I have little ones too. And, when you’re home with your little ones, there seems to be much to juggle and little time. There are meals to cook and piles of laundry and … Continue reading For the Mama who is Home with the Little Ones
“When I was little, I wanted to be a writer and a teacher,” I tell her.
“But now you can’t do those things,” she replies matter-of-factly. “You have kids.”
“Mom, is it still fall?” The question comes from a little girl growing too old too fast. She’ll be five next month. I’m trying to wrap my head around it. “No, it’s winter,” I reply absent-mindedly. I maneuver the van around a car turning ever-so-slowly on a green light. Why doesn’t he just drive? Patience … Continue reading To The Moms Who Think They’ve Failed: A Story From The Trenches