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

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

My Stillbirth Story (Podcast Episode)

LauraStillbirth

When we’re gathering around the dinner table or piling into the van, I naturally count the kids. “One, two, three, four, five, six.” Despite all of the energy and noise, I often get the sensation that someone is missing. Call me crazy, but it’s not quite loud enough. And there’s just a little too much elbow room. I find myself … 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

Fight, Flight, Freeze…or Faith? (And a new podcast episode!)

LauraExpect Something Beautiful Podcast

When you’re faced with a crisis, do you tend to fight, run away, or freeze like a deer in the headlights? I, for one, react every which way when the going gets tough. Sometimes, we’re served well by our instincts: they kick into high gear at just the right time and we do the right thing. Other times, they disappoint … Read More

You know he’s a keeper when…

LauraMarriage

Here’s a story from our early days – before wedding rings and babies – that set a precedent for all the days to come. In fact, our kids laughed aloud because not much has changed between the two of us over the years. I still have big, beautiful, romantic ideas and Ryan still grounds them in reality and brings them … 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

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