If These Walls Could Talk
Faith, fear, and the truth that is setting me free.
Why Temper-Tantrum Parenting Might Just Help You Make the Rapture
Yes, being a flawed mom is OK
How the Gospel Is Wrecking My Life
Foster care, adoption, and the American Dream
The Little House That Could
How to thrive in family life

The Little House That Could: How to thrive in family life

“Thanks for breakfast, Mom!” said my young adult son as he smiled and walked out of the door. “You're welcome son,” I shot back as I smiled wide, grinning ear-to-ear. I felt so blessed as I peeled potatoes, cracked eggs and baked beans to usher in this beautiful breezy and sunny fall morning. My home was peaceful and at rest, adorned with ... [ Read More ]

How the Gospel Is Wrecking My Life: Orphan Care and the American Dream

I love my life . . . It’s cushy and comfortable and predictable . . . It has a daily rhythm that affords me a sense of fulfillment and happiness – be it homeschooling and activities for the kids, or mani-pedi’s and Starbucks’ lattes for Mom, my life is relatively easy-peasy and filled with comfort. I have so much to be thankful for. I love ... [ Read More ]

Why It’s Important for Christians to be Salt and Light on Social Media

♦  Has the climate on social media been causing you to break into a sweat? ♦  Are you nauseated as you scroll through your Facebook feed because of all the negativity? ♦ Are you wondering why it's important to be "salt and light" when you press "post"? Then this article is for you! [Tweet "Why it's important for Christians to be "salt and ... [ Read More ]

For the Woman Who Struggles to Live Authentically

One of the hardest things to do in this life is to be authentic. We are sooooo afraid of what others think of us. Afraid?  We’re down right terrified! The mere thought of standing out causes some of us hyperventilate. Fitting in makes us feel “normal” because we don’t like being shunned or mocked. It’s so easy for me to type the ... [ Read More ]

When You’re the Woman at the Well (+ Video)

The truth can be a scary thing. Child: Mom – Truth or Dare? Mom: {Eating my turkey burger} Umm . . . truth? Child: Do you love Daddy? Mom: Yes.  {That was easy-peasy.} Mom: {Afterthought} Oh…is that how this game works – I have to tell a truth or take a dare? Child: Yeap! The whole premise behind the Truth or Dare game is that ... [ Read More ]

When Unforgiveness Hijacks Your Heart and Holds it Hostage.

My husband and I have been enjoying one of our longest streaks of marital satisfaction - ever!  After 21 years of marital harmony AND disharmony, marital accord AND wanting to strangle him with a cord (Lol!), we are finally beginning to get this marriage thing right more often than wrong.  We are both learning to side-step emotional landmines and ... [ Read More ]

Advent: Keeping Christ in Christmas

I was introduced to the world of Advent about three years ago through Ann Voskamps’ blog.  Up until that time I had no idea of what Advent was.  Sometime around the end of Thanksgiving, Ann would begin talking about Advent concepts like the Jesse Tree, special scripture readings for each day of December, a wreath with candles to be light daily and ... [ Read More ]

What will you do with your one Wild and Precious life?

I'm schooling the girls, and I look up and out of my window, as I do many times during the day. That window saves me. I desperately need to feel connected to nature.  And here in the New York City, that's not particularly an easy thing to do - be connected to nature. Not many homes offer countryside landscapes or an abundance of grass and ... [ Read More ]

Why Being “Ordinary” is the new Extraordinary

Is being ordinary the new extraordinary? What do you think? I went to see my ophthalmologist today.  As I sat in the waiting room, I saw three brochures, one for each doctor in her practice.  Each brochure looked professional and well done, and I couldn’t help but pick them up to see what had been written. To the right of a very professional ... [ Read More ]

The Church – A Place to Belong!

The Church is God’s design . . . a place of encouragement, accountability, spiritual training and relationship building for families. And one of the things I love most about being a Christian is the privilege of going to church every Sunday and worshiping with my brothers and sisters in Christ. I was glad when they said unto me,   "Let us go ... [ Read More ]

Spineless Downton Abbey & Scandal Retraction

Ah...Um...{Is this thing on?}...I have something I need to get off of my chest... A few weeks ago I wrote this post in which I questioned why Christians watch certain TV shows and movies. Well, I'm retracting those sentiments!  (Or at least some of them.) No, no one has mentioned anything negative to me about it, it's just that I have ... [ Read More ]

Easter’s Coming!

What do your Easter preparations look like? I took Autumn to the orthopedic yesterday and the nurse who was checking her height and weight cheerfully looked at her and asked, ”Do you have your Easter dress yet?”  Autumn smiled politely and sort of looked at me as if to say: Mom - Easter dress? I told the nurse that we hadn’t gotten our Easter ... [ Read More ]