Days at home with kids can drag on. Whether you have a newborn, a toddler, or a handful of kids, you probably know that feeling of not knowing what to do with yourself. I’ve spent many days at home feeling lonely, isolated, overwhelmed, distracted, and resentful. Of course that makes my kids feel restless and discontent. They either bounce off … Read More
5 Simple Ways to Connect with Your Child
Looking for a simple way to connect with your child today? You don’t have to go to Disney World or spend the weekend at an indoor water park in order to build your relationship with your child. Honestly, sweet day-to-day connections happen right at home when we make a few good choices. I’ve been feeling mid-winter stress that can darken … Read More
The Heartbeat of My Social Media Addiction
I sat down for my morning devotions with the Lord, opened my Bible, and immediately heard a “ding” on my phone alerting me that I had received an email. My mind began the well-rehearsed inner dialogue that goes on whenever my prayers or Bible reading is interrupted by social media. It can wait. You’re here to worship God. But what … Read More
Are you Content to Be Small?
“Then the prophecies of the old songs have turned out to be true, after a fashion!” said Bilbo. “Of course!” said Gandalf. “And why should not they prove true? Surely you don’t disbelieve the prophecies, because you had a hand in bringing them about yourself? You don’t really suppose, do you, that all your adventures and escapes were managed by … Read More
Make the Same Meals Every Week: 5 Surprising Benefits
Food used to be my biggest headache… There was a time when I would spend several hours composing our menu each week, downloading new recipes, ripping recipes from shiny magazines, and paging through my pile of cookbooks for inspiration. My grocery list would be a mile long with new ingredients that I never bought before and may never use again. … Read More
Stress-free Meal Planning: FREE eBook!
Do you struggle with menu planning, grocery shopping, and food prep? Me, too. There’s hope! With a few simple steps, you can design a sustainable meal plan, wrap your mind around your grocery list, and provide food for your family… without all of the stress! I’ve written an eBook with the tips that have helped me the most. It offers … Read More
Five Simple Choices for Postpartum Health
My postpartum experience had gotten progressively worse with each baby: increasing in depression each time. The worst was when I experienced unusual fear, paranoia, and disturbing thoughts after having our fourth child. When I was pregnant with Baby #5, I decided to take postpartum depression seriously. With five children relying on me, I had to do everything in my power … Read More
We Changed the Way We Talk About Sex with Our Kids
We have the opportunity to establish a foundation around the word “sex” that is full of goodness, truth, beauty, strength, dignity, and gratitude long before the world has the opportunity to offer its cheap, degrading, and unstable perversion of it. I want to make the most of our opportunity as parents, but I haven’t quite known how to do it.
Backyard Baseball: No More Ghost Runners (Motherhood Hack)
Recently, the kids and I have been playing baseball after lunch. There are only two people on each team, unless I’m wearing the baby in the Bjorn and our 2-year old decides to be my running partner. Then it’s 2 vs. 4, but the team of 2 definitely has the advantage over the bobbling team of 4. Within minutes of … Read More
Kids Laugh A Lot, Too
When our home bubbles over with laughter – and I’m glad to say it often does – we are rich and strong together. The very pillars and foundation of our home are strengthened by our children, who create and share laughter so easily. After all, it’s their mother tongue: they’ve been laughing since before they could speak, or walk, or run.