I’m On Your Side

Facing my five-year-old, I see her vibrating with rage. Her continued disobedience had spiraled into a situation where rather than the five books she usually gets to look at quietly during bedtime, she was now down to two books and precariously close to losing...

Choosing Grace Over Griping.

I am a fixer. A problem-solver. And I can get hung up on what could be, what should be, instead of being thankful for what is. And when faced with the fragility and the shortcomings of those whose lives intersect my own, it is sometimes tempting to focus on their...

When Love Walks Away

The fall of 2012 will always remain in my memory as a season of tragic loss for me. I don’t recall another time where I felt so stripped down, empty, and so utterly alone. Despite the beautiful colors of fall, signifying that year’s harvest coming to a close, I was...

Super (Single) Mom

The sun was beginning to wane in the autumn sky, starting its descent for the day. With dinner behind us, I was ready to sit and visit with the family we had traveled over 600 miles to see. My sister got up from her chair as conversation continued all around, and she...

All Things Work Together for Good…Really?

I have often read the verse that states, “All things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28). While it is a sentence that I should embrace, I looked at it as a platitude that I said but truly did not believe. I recently had the experience of seeing...

Muscle Shirts, Athletic Pants and Picture Day

On the morning of Picture Day, I found myself standing over my son as he lay sprawled across the carpet in utter despair. You see, I suggested he wear his blue-checked button down shirt with the coordinating puffy vest. He looks so very dapper, so handsome, so like a...