Overwhelming Advice and Picnic Buffets

When I was a new mom 22 years ago, my only internet options were dial up. And if you don’t know what dial up is, you are very, very lucky. Had I gone to the internet for parenting advice back then, my baby would’ve aged a full year before one of the websites had loaded!…
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Trusting God in the NICU

Life is so precious and so fragile.   I gained a deeper understanding of God’s miracle of life and just how fragile it truly is when my son Iver was born.   My husband and I drove to the hospital with excited anticipation on a cold, early morning on December 31st, 2020. Having my son…
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My Defender

It was a day to retreat and reflect away from the kids and in the company of other moms. So there I was…waiting and expecting God to show up somehow. And suddenly, I was presented with this verse:   “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:14).   “Okay…
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One-Task Mothering

I was completely flustered. There I was, a brand new mom, with my firstborn baby, who would NOT stop crying! I fed, I rocked, I paced, I bounced. I shushed softly; I shushed loudly. No matter what I did, I couldn’t calm him down.   Everything felt so hard in those moments. Why wouldn’t he…
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“D” is for Devotions

The other day my daughter asked for a marker. I handed her one, and the next thing I knew I saw her writing on her hand with a sharpie! I asked her what she was doing, and she explained to me she was reminding herself to do devotions that night. You see, my 14-year old…
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Don’t Drink THAT Juice; it’s Mine!

“Don’t drink THAT juice; it’s mine!”   These were my words to our precious granddaughters one day. Of course I didn’t sound as harsh as that. My words were more like, “Don’t drink grandma’s juice. I have to drink it for my doctor’s appointment tomorrow.”    You see, I had mixed up my two-quart pitcher…
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How to Cope with Loss and Change

I don’t love change and my heart has felt fragile and thin with it lately. I don’t know if you’ve ever felt that way — when the tears come easily and parts of the day seem colorless and sad. Just when my broken heart had somewhat mended from the death of my dad a year…
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An Infertility Journey of Faith and Trust

Lately, it seems like several people around me are moving forward with their seemingly picture perfect lives while I feel somewhat…stagnant. My husband, Josh, and I have been trying to conceive for three years, which feels like forever when you typically get what you want…and without much waiting (like, a purple lava lamp in 1996,…
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Back To School

Something amazing happened recently. A life-changing something that means I can sit on the couch with a cup of coffee and drink THE ENTIRE CUP without reheating, spilling, or accidentally peeing on myself because someone jumped on my bladder.   I’m talking, of course, about THE KIDS GOING BACK TO SCHOOL! In person! It’s amazing.…
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Traveling Well with Kids

I think we all can agree that we have taken traveling for granted, especially since this past year going anywhere has been hard. Now, I find myself encouraged as things begin to open up again, and I long to see and explore the world God has gifted us with.   Between 2008 – 2015, my…
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