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

Why Garth Brooks was singing to the sweet corn at 5 a.m.

LauraExpect Something Beautiful Podcast

One of my favorite things about living in the country is discovering the secret tactics of well-seasoned gardeners, farmers, hunters, and whoopie-pie bakers. One summer, I needed some gardening techniques when a critter nibbled our precious sweet corn before we had a chance to harvest it for our picnic. We were crushed. And we wanted to make sure it wouldn’t … Read More

You’re never too far gone. (New podcast episode)

LauraExpect Something Beautiful Podcast

When I was a kid, my dad had one big rule: “Don’t do gymnastics in the house.” Did I listen to him? Nope. This podcast episode is about one time when I totally disobeyed and found myself in quite a disaster. It’s also a story about God’s good heart to welcome you and me home every time – every time … Read More

Big Decision To Make? This will help. (New Podcast Episode)

LauraAll Posts, Expect Something Beautiful Podcast

Life is full of tough decisions. Sometimes, we make the wrong one simply because we don’t trust God’s good heart for us. Let this episode of Expect Something Beautiful strengthen you to choose the good thing, the best thing. God wants you to have a good life (and I don’t mean the “prosperity gospel” type of good life), I mean … Read More