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

How to live like “words matter”.

LauraBible Study, Christianity, Faith

Have you had a frustrating conversation lately? You know, the kind of conversation with a friend over social media, or with a sibling over the phone, or your spouse across the table in which you are both speaking English, but things are going so miserably that it’s as if you are speaking two different languages. You’re arguing over words and … Read More

Merry Christmas!

LauraAll Posts

Wishing you a very merry Christmas as we celebrate Jesus’ first coming and look forward to His return. “He rules the world with truth and grace!” And, last but not least, I wanted to share this vintage YouTube video of our now-15-year-old daughter making one of our favorite Holiday Treats. (Since this recording, three members of our family have discovered … Read More

Introducing my new podcast! It’s fun, encouraging, and memorable.

LauraAll Posts

Guess what?! I’m partnering with Revive Our Hearts to create a podcast with short power-packed episodes about how God’s Word intersects with your everyday life. Each episode gives you a story + scripture you’ll never forget.  It’s called “Expect Something Beautiful” because your expectations really matter. They determine what you look for and shape the way you process your circumstances. We may not know what will happen, but … Read More

Our Family’s Advent Favorites (for kids 0 – 16 years old)

LauraAdvent, All Posts

Are you ready for the Christmas Countdown?!? In this post, I’m sharing the heart-and-soul of our Advent traditions and four of our favorite Advent resources for kids. We return to these treasures over and over again as we prepare for Christmas Day. I hope you find something here to enjoy as part of your own Advent celebration. We celebrate Advent … Read More

This book! I meant to tell you about it ages ago. It’s so so good.

LauraAll Posts, Books

I just realized that I haven’t yet told you about Keys to Bonhoeffer’s Haus: Exploring the World and Wisdom of Deitrich Bonhoeffer. It’s such an important and timely book about Deitrich Bonhoeffer, prayer, home, civics, humanity, race, and the author herself, Laura Fabryky, who generously shares her memoirs of being an American guide of the Bonhoeffer-Haus in Berlin. I meant … Read More

Three New Picture Books From One Author You Won’t Want to Miss

LauraAll Posts, Books

Have you ever read a picture book to your child that beautifully communicates a truth you’ve been hoping to share, but simply didn’t know how? Each of these three picture books does this for me. Each takes truths I had not yet put into words and crafts them into an unforgettable story and artwork. I am grateful to my friend … 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

These Summer Days

LauraAll Posts, Farm Life

Hi, there! I just wanted to pop in and share some glimpses of our summer. Of course, these are the beautiful moments, but they’re just as real as the times when I’m cranky and nothing is going right (no one grabs a camera in those moments…). So, I’ll leave the cranky days to your imagination and welcome you into the beautiful ones.  Even in … Read More

I Miss Hugs: A Lament

LauraAll Posts

i feel the ache without hugs, i don’t know how to say “hello” to my friends i don’t know how to say “hello” to my family our very souls are knit together, yet now we stand six feet apart and flounder awkwardly i miss hugs when i see a friend at the grocery store i miss hugs when we meet … Read More