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

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