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

Splish Splash! Two fun episodes about swimming (and so much more).

LauraExpect Something Beautiful Podcast, Motherhood

The way we respond to our children in their moments of distress could impact them for eternity. Just think: our help could teach them to expect God’s help. Our comfort could warm their hearts to receive God’s comfort. Our smiles could open their eyes to look for God’s smile. Even though we’re only human and we mess up aplenty (I … Read More

Tired of serving? I sure am. Here’s what to do next. (New podcast episode!)

LauraAll Posts, Christianity, Expect Something Beautiful Podcast, Motherhood

My friend didn’t ask much. And yet, when my kids and I returned home from serving her, we were wiped out… for DAYS. I couldn’t help but wonder, why am I so weak? And why can’t I bounce back faster? If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions, I invite you to listen to this episode of my Expect Something Beautiful … Read More

How involved should a parent be??

LauraCharacter Training, Early Elementary Education, Faith, Motherhood

If you’ve ever hovered over your child too much, you’re not alone. 🙂 It’s easy to be a Helicopter Parent. We just love our kids so much and want them to do well in life. But when we’re too over-protective, we quickly discover the negative side-effects of our well-intentioned hovering. Suddenly, we want to steer our propellers up, up, and … Read More

Five Ways to Build Relationship With Your Tween Daughter

LauraAll Posts, Motherhood, True Girl: Tweens and Teens

Every time I hear Nichole Nordeman’s song “Slow Down,” I cry ugly mommy tears. Nordeman sings “slow down” to her child who, like all children, seems to be growing up too quickly. It’s beautiful, nostalgic, and heartbreaking.  (Have you seen the music video? Get the tissues ready!) The chorus is: Slow down Won’t you stay here a minute more I know … Read More

How to Stay Home With Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind

LauraAll Posts, Homeschooling, Motherhood, New Homeschooler

Abby asked, “Help! I’m not used to being home with my kids all day, every day. How I can be a good mom even though my kids are driving me crazy??” Hi, Abby. I hear you. It’s not easy, that’s for sure! Even after 14 years of being home with my kids “all day, every day,” I feel like the … Read More

How to Have a Great Day with Your Child

LauraBabies, Early Elementary Education, Family Fun, Healthy Living, Motherhood, New Homeschooler, Preschool

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

How to Keep Serving When You Want to Quit

LauraAll Posts, Babies, Homeschooling, Motherhood

Do you ever grow weary in serving? I sure do. In this video, I share three things that keep me going when I want to quit. Join me in my living room to talk about how God gives us the grace to have the mind of Christ… and to serve others just like Jesus did. How do you keep serving … Read More

Why I Forgot to Wash My Face For An Entire Year

LauraBabies, Motherhood

I forgot to wash my face for an entire year. That’s possible, you know, when you welcome a sixth child into your family. When our sweetie-pie was born, I went into complete survival mode – sweet, joyful, gasping-for-air survival mode – and I forgot about a lot of things that I used to take for granted. When people asked me … Read More

Kids Cry a Lot

LauraMotherhood

Our kids cry a lot. That’s what came to my mind yesterday after the third episode of tears in a matter of minutes. I often tell myself, “I can’t stand all of this crying!” Because children do cry . . . a lot. Especially the little ones. In fact, the littler a person, the more he or she cries. Experts say that … Read More