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I’m still here…barely; but I’ve got great pics!

I haven't posted in a lifetime because I've been busy cultivating a life. Well, there's that . . . and the fact that "family-life" has been kicking my b**t! When it kicks, I tend to not write. I know the Lord wants me to be tenacious.  He wants me to learn how to kick-back using the tools He has provided: prayer, fasting and council ... [ Read More ]

The Power of the Fourth Man: Hope for hurting families.

Dear wife and mom, If you’re struggling in your marriage or with your kids; if your circumstances seem horribly irreversible, I want you to know that the power of the Fourth Man is available to transform your family and save it from the fiery flames that come to destroy you and your loved ones. *** When I consider my more than rocky start in ... [ Read More ]

It Really Is a Good Life

I decided to wear a suit. I figured I'd give my everyday soccer pants and favorite hoodie (a.k.a. my mommy uniform) a break - just for a day. I hadn't donned a suit in four years, not since I left my 9-5 to be a stay-at-home mom (for like the third time), but today it just felt right. I wanted to make a good impression on my new doctor.  I ... [ Read More ]

How to Push Through Pain as a Parent (+ Video)

One call is all it takes . . . One call can change the trajectory of your life as a parent.  It can alter your sense of reality and shake you to the core. It can create a new “normal.” Seemingly, after that call, you now live in an alternate universe – not the one you previously were in, but one that is now light years away. Where the sun ... [ Read More ]

It’s not the way it was…and it never will be.

This past weekend my family went apple picking. After dragging our feet to get there for the past two months, we finally made it. I knew that going was the right thing to do because the last time my family went apple picking we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  After all, it's a family friendly activity that centers around enjoying each ... [ Read More ]

What Did We Ever Do Before These Kids Came Along?

I’m just going to go ahead and put this out there: If you don’t have a teenage daughter (or possibly a teen son?) you’re probably making some vital make-up flaws that you’re unaware of. I mentioned the other day that I basically brought the entire make-up isle at Rite Aid because I wasn’t able to get a professional consultation due to how ... [ 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 ]

Fake Glasses & Good Friday Service – Perfect Together

Happy Monday, Friends! I hope you had an amazing time worshiping our risen King on Resurrection Sunday! Here are my two smallest in their "Sunday best" as Laura Ingalls would say (I love Little House!) I was dog tired Friday evening and started debating whether or not we would make Good Friday church service. Eventually, fatigue (and ... [ Read More ]

Angel’s Home for Spring Break!

Someone's back home for spring break and we couldn't be happier! We're having a great time getting all caught up.  The girls are having sleepovers in the living room and we're all spending lots of leisure time around the kitchen table hearing her campus life stories.  (Yes, this has slowed down our school schedule, but it's an unavoidable and ... [ Read More ]

No Guilt Parenting (Especially not over chicken!)

If this post is about anything, it’s definitely about how we, as mothers, have a tendency to take on unnecessary guilt! Here’s my very ridiculous serious case in point… I was recently standing at my kitchen sink cleaning chicken for dinner (yes, I lead a very exotic life), and it got me to thinking about a time when I was asked to clean ... [ Read More ]

An Inaugural Family Night

He Skates! Dad joined in our homeschool group’s weekly skate time.  Whatever activity the girls are doing (soccer, swimming, track and field) he tries to attend at least once.  This time he gets extra points for not just attending but braving the ice.  He lasted a whole 10 minutes on the ice, so it’s safe to say it was the easiest money the rink ... [ Read More ]