How to Have a Great Day with Your Child

LauraBabies, Early Elementary Education, Family Fun, Healthy Living, Motherhood, New Homeschooler, Preschool

Days at home with kids can drag on. Whether you have a newborn, a toddler, or a handful of kids, you probably know that feeling of not knowing what to do with yourself. I’ve spent many days at home feeling lonely, isolated, overwhelmed, distracted, and resentful. Of course that makes my kids feel restless and discontent. They either bounce off … Read More

You’re Ready for the Coronavirus

LauraBible Study

By God’s grace, you are ready to face the coronavirus. You’ve been storing up the most important thing. You’ve been getting stronger in the most important ways because you’ve filled your heart and mind with God’s Word through sermons, songs, small groups, and Bible studies. While medical supplies, food, and cleaning supplies will be helpful to survive the coronavirus pandemic, … Read More

How to Keep Serving When You Want to Quit

LauraAll Posts, Babies, Homeschooling, Motherhood

Do you ever grow weary in serving? I sure do. In this video, I share three things that keep me going when I want to quit. Join me in my living room to talk about how God gives us the grace to have the mind of Christ… and to serve others just like Jesus did. How do you keep serving … Read More

Serving With Gladness

LauraAll Posts

I’m on the radio today! I’m so delighted to share “Serving With Gladness” at Revive Our Hearts from March 10 – 12th. Today’s episode is called “The Secret to a Meaningful Life“. Listen today or anytime in the future (you’ll find it in the Revive Our Hearts archives). I’d love for you to tune in!

Five Ways to Build Relationship with Your Tween

LauraAll Posts

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 downWon’t you stay here a minute moreI know you want … Read More

Why I Forgot to Wash My Face For An Entire Year

LauraBabies, Motherhood

I forgot to wash my face for an entire year. That’s possible, you know, when you welcome a sixth child into your family. When our sweetie-pie was born, I went into complete survival mode – sweet, joyful, gasping-for-air survival mode – and I forgot about a lot of things that I used to take for granted. When people asked me … Read More

What if We Expected God to Do Something Beautiful?

LauraDiscipleship, Faith

On June 23, 2013, Nik Wallenda set out to cross the Little Colorado River Gorge near Grand Canyon National Park on a tightrope. My husband and I were watching it from home. I was sitting on the couch in my bathrobe. The camera panned out to reveal the breathtaking depth of the canyon and the daunting length of the wire … Read More

Kids Cry a Lot

LauraMotherhood

Our kids cry a lot. That’s what came to my mind yesterday after the third episode of tears in a matter of minutes. I often tell myself, “I can’t stand all of this crying!” Because children do cry . . . a lot. Especially the little ones. In fact, the littler a person, the more he or she cries. Experts say that … Read More

When You Don’t Let Yourself Off the Hook: Hebrews 9

LauraAll Posts, Bible Study

It was a sweet surprise that I’ll never forget. I was nine months pregnant and one week past my due date. I was enormous and uncomfortable. Every additional minute seemed like an eternity! To ease my troubles, my husband took me out for a meal to remember—complete with a generous slice of six-layer chocolate cake. When my husband tried to … Read More

Use Your Education and Career to Enrich Your Child

LauraHomeschooling, Motherhood

Have you ever wondered if motherhood is a waste of your education? Have you ever worried that the skills you have developed in your career will atrophy as you raise your child? Do you think that your professional work will fade into meaninglessness as you prioritize motherhood over your career? I’ve wondered and worried about all of those things. When … Read More