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

My Fondest Mother’s Memory {w/Video}

Hi Friends! After sharing about my worst Mother’s Day ever I promised to share my best Mother’s Day, too.  But, I’m thinking that my best Mother’s Day is probably not very different from any other mom – (these days) it’s filled with breakfast in bed, balloons, gifts, yada, yada, yada - you get the point.  I’d much rather share my fondest ... [ Read More ]

Mother’s Day Meltdown! (My Worst Mother’s Day Ever)

I sort of have a history of having emotional meltdowns on Mother’s Day.  Not every Mother’s Day - and thankfully, none in my recent past - but I've had my fair share, nonetheless. I believe it all started with me having the expectation of, um, receiving something; you know – something as in a gift from one of my MANY children.  (Note: if you ... [ Read More ]

Announcing Mother’s Day Mania! {& Giveaway}

Welcome to Mother's Day Mania: a week long celebration of Motherhood and Friendship! This week I'll be posting my best and my worst Mother's Day ever, my highest and lowest points as a mom (I promise not to depress you), and I'll have a special post on friendship! Starting today on Welcome Home's Facebook page I'm posting my favorite "Mommy ... [ Read More ]

My Boy’s Gone, Again (& Learning How to Let Go)

CAUTION: BROODING MOM ALERT Two weeks ago I looked like this... This week, I'm curled up in a fetal position, bawling and clothed in sackcloth and ashes. Will you grab your Kleenex and join me in having a teenie-weenie pity party?  (If you do I'll share my chocolate milkshake with you.) My Marine pulled off today to head back to his ... [ Read More ]

Warning: Grumpy Mom Alert {Honey, Don’t Bother Me! Please}

Do you ever experience this… WHY IS IT...that when I desperately need some down time after being out of the home all morning with the kids AND I’m trying to decompress while sitting in my favorite chair, eating an ice cream pop and watching one of my favorite shows, my husband thinks it’s the perfect time to gripe about not having cell phone ... [ Read More ]

Why It’s OK for Christian Moms to Keep-it-Real

So…I’m really, really tired . . .  and I’m supposed to stay up and blog away so I can put out posts with some degree of regularity…enough regularity to make readers come back on a regular basis. But I've one question . . . How do you do that when you’re so tired from all the mommy hats your wear all day? Today’s post is not about 20 Ways to ... [ Read More ]

How Denial and Double Stuf Oreos Can Help Moms Cope

Have you ever been this mom? . . . I stopped by the supermarket one evening and saw an all too familiar scene: a momma with a hot-red face shopping with her kiddo’s. This momma was seriously trying to hold it together.  Her grade school kids were playing - age appropriately - yet still playing, if you get my drift.  They were doing what ... [ Read More ]

Letting Go is Hard to Do

A few days ago, I took Autumn and Alexis ice skating with our homeschool group. Ice skating is one of the highlights of our year as a homeschooling family.  We eagerly anticipate its arrival each year. After lacing up the girls' skates they headed over to the ice where they began practicing their figure eights.  I glanced over and watched as one ... [ Read More ]

Mom’s Need Socialization, Too!

What makes a groggy, sleep deprived mom get out of bed so early in the morning that she can’t see straight?  So early that the sun hasn't come up and the birds haven't even begun to sing? A mom’s fellowship!  A mom’s fellowship has the power to make women do strange things! Like…get up when some others have just gone into REM ... [ Read More ]

When Encouraging Your Daughter Means Sharing Your Failures

Over the years, I've been super inspired to cook new recipes by watching the Food Network.  Thankfully, this inspiration has infected my daughter, Angel, too.  Her signature dish is creamy spinach and mushroom lasagna.  What I love about this dish is that I’ve never made it. It’s something that she was inspired to make one day and it was delish!  ... [ Read More ]