Look up! (New Podcast Episode)

LauraExpect Something Beautiful Podcast, Faith

Back in high school, my cross-country coach would pop up in the most unexpected places along the race route. Maybe I’d be facing the steepest hill on the course or in the middle of a long stretch in the blazing sun, or on a particularly rocky trail in the middle of the woods or sprinting to the finish line – … Read More

The Preschool Science Experiment That Changed My Life

LauraAll Posts

A simple preschool science experiment helped me make sense of Christ’s call to lay down my life. It helped me see that sacrifice is not the endgame, but just the beginning of something miraculous. THIS ROCKED MY WORLD and helped make sense of marriage, motherhood, and every other good work God may call us to as we seek to follow … Read More

A Box of Rose Petals (Podcast Episode + Free PDF)

LauraAll Posts, Expect Something Beautiful Podcast, Motherhood

When you sacrifice for others out of fear, guilt, or an effort to please other people, you are going to feel bitter. You are going to feel unfulfilled. And you won’t see the beautiful growth you were hoping to see. BUT if you lay your life down in God’s love for you – and sacrifice for others because you are … Read More

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

Mom to the Rescue

LauraExpect Something Beautiful Podcast

Is there someone on your mind who needs a helping hand, a prayer, and a dose of hope? May this episode of Expect Something Beautiful stir you up to do whatever it takes to reach that person. May God give you a great idea and may He make the way for you! May He surprise you with His power and … Read More

Teach Your Child the Kindness of “going first” and “going last”

LauraMotherhood

Imagine you’re at a campfire and you’ve just hollered the words, “S’mores Time!” You’re the one holding the bag of marshmallows. HERE. THEY. COME. Suddenly, you are surrounded by a bunch of awesome, smiling kiddos, hopping up and down, reaching their little hands toward you in hopes of receiving one or two perfectly poufy sugar pillows. You’re handing out the … Read More

Keeping time like God does

LauraChristianity, Expect Something Beautiful Podcast

Ugh, how often do I find myself feeling impatient with myself, my children, my husband, or anyone else who may not be keeping up with my ideals. The best days are those when I turn to God for help, when I open my hands in surrender and say, “Help me to keep time the way You do, Lord.” In these … Read More

Cheer Her On With a Gift

LauraExpect Something Beautiful Book, Motherhood, Seeds of Life

Do you know a woman who is giving everything she’s got to love a child? Perhaps she’s laying down her life to nurture a biological, foster, or adopted child? Perhaps she’s supporting an adult child, a grandchild, or a spiritual child? Let her know that you see her. Let her know that her work matters. Remind her of the truth… … Read More

Just for you: Heaps of Gifts in Motherhood

LauraBooks, Expect Something Beautiful Book

Ten years ago, my friend filled our van with books, toys, games, and clothes that her kids had outgrown. I gave her a HUGE hug and sped home to stack the books on our shelves, hang the clothes in the closets, and play the games with my children. It felt like Christmas! I wish I could do the same for … Read More