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Category: Family

The Gifts Of My Fathers

Parents inevitably leave prints on their children, marks that are uniquely recorded per child and per season of life. What comes to mind first when asked, that is the core legacy of a parent to the child. This inheritance can run the gamuts of positive to negative, sparse or abundant…

Think Through This Before Having Children

As someone who was married thirteen years before having children, I have been asked more than once how you know if you are ready to start a family. My quick answer: I didn’t know. You can read more about that here. My longer reply: I have a faith-born…

The Mom I Pray To Be

I choose to celebrate this Mother’s Day by praying to live a life worthy of the calling God so generously placed on me when he made me your Mom, sweet babies. With everything in me, I pray to see with spiritual eyes and steward well the whole of…

Moms, Please Use Your Superpower Wisely

I am thinking and praying a lot this week about motherhood. A lot. And as I do, there is something that rises so clearly to the top of the list of reflections that I have to step aside from the full spectrum for a moment to process this one point…

This Is The Minivan Phase

I drive a minivan. There. I said it. No more skulking around in parking lots to disassociate myself from the vehicle. No more looking away from others at stoplights in case they know me. The one body-style of auto that I pledged I would never drive is mine now…

Parenting Is Beautiful. And Hard. And I Don’t Love Less For Admitting It.

This parenting gig is hard. It’s amazingly beautiful. But it’s mind-numbingly hard at times, too. And I am still not sure how socially acceptable it is to admit that – in my own culture, much less universally. In our Instagram world full of Facebook posts with pictures…

Lies That Almost Left Us Childless

There can be lies – deceptions, falsehoods – that we allow to set up home in our thoughts to the point they masquerade as truth. We grow so used to them, so adjusted to what they mean and so believing of their implications that we unknowingly design our world around…

A Flash of Raspberries

Welcome to an evening on the front line of my life at present. Here is how it all goes down. First, divide and conquer with my hubby to get two little ones to bed, both of them hopefully asleep by 7:30 PM. Then, start the second shift of the…