Celebrate Mom! (Free Party-in-a-PDF!)

LauraAll Posts, Expect Something Beautiful Book, MotherhoodLeave a Comment

Think of a mom you love. She’s amazing, right? Maybe she’s just starting out on her motherhood journey. Maybe she’s been a mom for many years now. Maybe she’s facing an exciting or discouraging or intimidating change. You want the best for her. You want to support her. Sooo, I was thinking… what if you threw a party for her?? … Read More

Having a Catch (new podcast episode)

LauraAll Posts, Expect Something Beautiful Podcast, Faith, StillbirthLeave a Comment

If you are feeling distraught, if you are at the end of your rope, if you are discouraged, feeling empty, even bitter; this episode is especially for you.  In those moments when we can’t wrangle our emotions to line up with the truth of God’s Word, we can at least grab a hold of God’s truth and play it over … Read More

Mom to the Rescue

LauraExpect Something Beautiful Podcast

Is there someone on your mind who needs a helping hand, a prayer, and a dose of hope? May this episode of Expect Something Beautiful stir you up to do whatever it takes to reach that person. May God give you a great idea and may He make the way for you! May He surprise you with His power and … Read More

Teach Your Child the Kindness of “going first” and “going last”

LauraMotherhood

Imagine you’re at a campfire and you’ve just hollered the words, “S’mores Time!” You’re the one holding the bag of marshmallows. HERE. THEY. COME. Suddenly, you are surrounded by a bunch of awesome, smiling kiddos, hopping up and down, reaching their little hands toward you in hopes of receiving one or two perfectly poufy sugar pillows. You’re handing out the … Read More

Keeping time like God does

LauraChristianity, Expect Something Beautiful Podcast

Ugh, how often do I find myself feeling impatient with myself, my children, my husband, or anyone else who may not be keeping up with my ideals. The best days are those when I turn to God for help, when I open my hands in surrender and say, “Help me to keep time the way You do, Lord.” In these … Read More

Cheer Her On With a Gift

LauraExpect Something Beautiful Book, Motherhood, Seeds of Life

Do you know a woman who is giving everything she’s got to love a child? Perhaps she’s laying down her life to nurture a biological, foster, or adopted child? Perhaps she’s supporting an adult child, a grandchild, or a spiritual child? Let her know that you see her. Let her know that her work matters. Remind her of the truth… … Read More

Just for you: Heaps of Gifts in Motherhood

LauraBooks, Expect Something Beautiful Book

Ten years ago, my friend filled our van with books, toys, games, and clothes that her kids had outgrown. I gave her a HUGE hug and sped home to stack the books on our shelves, hang the clothes in the closets, and play the games with my children. It felt like Christmas! I wish I could do the same for … Read More

The Soundtrack for “Expect Something Beautiful”

LauraAll Posts, Expect Something Beautiful Book

October 5th can’t come soon enough! It’s the day when you can receive your brand new copy of “Expect Something Beautiful: Finding God’s Good Gifts in Motherhood”. You don’t have to wait until October 5th to learn- and love – the soundtrack! This is the music tucked inside the book. These songs will give you a sneak peek of the … Read More

Bible Study and Bumper Boats

LauraAll Posts, Bible Study, Christianity, Discipleship, Expect Something Beautiful Podcast, Ministry

As the school year begins, many of us church-going-folks are signing up for small groups, Sunday School classes, and Bible studies. How are you feeling about all that? Excited? Ready to dig in and learn? Or are you feeling overwhelmed? Discouraged? Maybe even disinterested? I’ve been there. If that’s how you feel, this episode of Expect Something Beautiful is *just* … Read More

You Were on My Mind When I Said This

LauraMotherhood

My friend Janet and I sat down and talked about Crocs, long-eared rabbits, and egg sandwiches. We talked about suffering, motherhood, and what we’ll write in our journals when we’re 70 years old. We laughed. I cried. It was one of those conversations. But the conversation wasn’t just between the two of us. With every answer, I thought of you. … Read More