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

LauraAll Posts, Expect Something Beautiful Book, Motherhood

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, Stillbirth

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

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

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

Hope for the woman who hates men

LauraAll Posts, Expect Something Beautiful Podcast, Faith, Marriage

Have you ever said, “I hate men”? You’re not alone. A lot of women say it. I’ve said it. For every woman who says it, there is a unique reason why. And there’s a personal invitation from her Creator to be healed, strengthened, and empowered with love. I used to say, “I hate men,” but I don’t anymore. Here’s why. … Read More

Restoring Relationships That Covid Complicated

LauraAll Posts

Relationships were difficult BEFORE a worldwide pandemic threw a giant wrench in them. If you’re like me, you’re just beginning to clear your head and get your feet back on the ground after a year of complicated relationships. (The unknowns! The sickness! The logistics! The distance! The emotions! The politics! Oi.) May God give us big hearts and open arms … 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

The Art of “Ending Well” (And a new podcast episode!)

LauraAll Posts, Christianity, Faith

Oh, do I have a good laugh for you today… What began as an embarrassing moment (one I, too, can laugh about now) launched me into a season of pondering the importance of “ending well”. I share some of my thoughts – and the embarrassing moment, of course – in this week’s Expect Something Beautiful podcast episode. To hear the … Read More

Same Storm, Different Boats, One Prince of Peace

LauraAll Posts

I was delighted to join the Grounded team for this episode of “What it Means to Be Peacemakers,” with Tara Barthel and the wonderful Grounded hosts. I pop in around minute 40:00. Grounded airs every Monday morning at 9 a.m. I’m usually helping a first grader with her school work then, so I listen to the replay on YouTube afterward. … Read More