Responding vs. Reacting

Being cooped up in my home with a busy one and two year old during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the nausea and fatigue from being in the first trimester of pregnancy, left this mama tired and grasping for moments to recalibrate throughout the day. Even the simplest tasks felt arduous. Daily, I looked forward…
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Why Porta Potties make me Happy

It was a hot July day circa 1994 as my mom dropped me off at SanRose Stables on the outskirts of the city for a day with my horse. The barn wasn’t fancy, but it was quaint with its rickety, wooden outbuildings with chipped paint, wandering dirt paths and well-loved saddles smelling of sweat and…
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Confronting my own Racial Bias

I was the charge nurse the evening it happened. I was standing at the nurse’s station when a heavily muscled Black man walked briskly up to me and started yelling angrily. “When are you going to come to my room and check my ear? I can’t stand this pain! I can’t believe it around here!…
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God will Prevail

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). I’ve done scary things in my life.  When I was five, I regularly visited prison yards with my parents for a local outreach. When…
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Won’t you be my neighbor…?

I grew up in the western suburbs of Minnesota in the 80s. Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood was a constant in those days, and I remember watching his puppets and that little red trolley with quiet reverence as I slowly popped warm raisins in my mouth. (That’s me in my Mr. Rogers fandom days!????) Oh how I…
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I just want a win.

If you would have asked me weeks ago how I would have rated my parenting on a scale of 1-10, I would’ve most likely said a solid 8. We had our stickered chore charts completed, routines mastered, multiple sporting events to attend, a family vacation to plan, and more than enough church gatherings to keep…
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Armor Prayer for Children

A few months ago, we had one of those moments…you know…the moment we’ve allllll been waiting for. My 6-year-old came home from her public school with a whole slew of new ideas and thoughts that did not line up with our values. We were sitting at the kitchen table talking as a family, and in…
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Taming Toddler Obsessions

Kids go through phases, right? Take the movie Frozen for example – how many times have you seen that movie? Too many times is probably most of our answers. The toddler girls who I know just love to fight over who is Elsa for dress up. And if you would have walked into my house…
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My Oasis of Silence

My motherhood has reached a point now where most mornings look like this: I wake up at 6:15 to my kids’ hugs, then I casually roll over and grab my phone and start responding to messages. About 15 minutes later, I roll out of bed (clearly there’s a lot of rolling), put on my thermal…
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I Stopped Praying For Sleep

I always wanted to be a mom. Growing up, it had always been a huge part of my vision of what I’d be as an adult. And not just a mom, a stay-at-home mom. It was my main aspiration. I was constantly babysitting, either my own siblings who were six and twelve years younger than…
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