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Five More Candles…

Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice.  Philippians 4:4 I am pretty sure my oldest son was seven-years-old when I posted my first-ever-blog. Seven. Like trains and finger paint and first grade. Seven. This summer, we celebrated a thirteen-year-old future man. Thirteen. Like Rubix cube and Ruffles and middle school.  Thirteen. And we have … Continue reading

The Preteen Years: Mary, what did you do?

When Jesus was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom.  After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.  After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening … Continue reading

Medication for a Mama’s Heart

I went into the downstairs half bath and closed the door, trying to escape the ear reach of my boys.  Tears rolled down my face.  Each tear contained a motherhood failure.  Every drop told the story of my outrageous outbursts and flailing arms of frustration.  My poor parenting had painted me into a corner in that small … Continue reading

Tiny Tweak #2 To Be A Better Mommy

I love the LORD, because He hears My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.  Psalm 116:1-3 I am a card-carrying multi-tasker. Even as I type this, a pot of chicken stock is boiling on the stove.  Yes, I know it is … Continue reading

Tiny Tweak #1 To Be A Better Mommy

Should {SHo͝od, SHəd/Submit} verb  1. used to indicate obligation, duty, or correctness, typically when criticizing someone’s actions. You shouldn’t have an epidural. You should have an epidural. You should use cloth diapers.  You shouldn’t use cloth diapers. You should breast feed your baby. You shouldn’t breast feed your baby.  You should homeschool your children. You shouldn’t homeschool … Continue reading

Tiny Tweaks To Be A Better Mommy

 Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! Psalm 127:3-5 Years ago, I imagined marriage would be the mirror which reflected back my greatest flaws. Living day in and day out … Continue reading

A Mommy Moment I Almost Missed

It was just Luke and me on the playground. My older two boys had ventured with my husband to another area of the park, which left my six-year-old to his self-designed “Ninja Warrior Course” alone. I sat on a park bench several feet above the play set.  Watching his tiny body shimmy up and down poles … Continue reading

Why Prayer Matters

A few months back, Luke came downstairs holding a pajama top in his hand. He held up his shirt to me and voiced his one word grunt for everything he needs, “Ugh!” “Do you need Mommy to help you, Luke?” We had done this a hundred times. My mommy plea to encourage my then four-year-old … Continue reading

Bring Your Babies To Jesus

Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them… Luke 18:15 Here’s a snap shot from my conversation with Luke last night while at the ball field: Luke: (pointing to center field) God is out there. Me:  Yes. And right here (pointing right). And right there (pointing left). He’s everywhere! Luke: giggles… … Continue reading