March 28, 2014

Is Your Child Ready for a Pet?

Life with a Yellow Lab

This post brought to you by ALPO® Brand Dog Food. All opinions are 100% mine. “I promise, Mom. Really, I PROOMMMMISE I will take care of her every day. I will walk her, feed her and take care of any […]

My Mommy Mess-Up Moment


It’s been one of those weeks. I’ve been overwhelmed, struggling with discouragement and down right exhausted in my mothering, so I revisted a post that I wrote earlier and claiming this truth. It’s been awhile since I’ve messed up as […]

Generational Mothering

family feet

Looking around the table, I study the three generations represented. Amidst the chuckles, private jokes and deeper conversations, the profound generational legacy permeates not just the shared memories, but life choices, marriages, and even character development. Mothering with a kingdom […]

It All Flew Out the Window

It All Flew Out the Window

It took me years, but I’m beginning to understand the phrase, “The older I get, the less I know.” Right out of college, I was hired as a high school youth director (pastor) and let me tell you, I was […]

I Just Want to Come Home, Mom!

From that Eldest Son of Mine

Barely keeping my eyes open, I’m juggling between the sofa and my laptop right now. I’m trying to stay awake long enough to be fully present when our eldest son bounds through the door. It’s 2:00 am and he’s road […]

Just One Minute, Honey

31 Days with a Mentor Mom @beautyandbedlam

“Just a minute, honey, I’m almost done.” “That’s what you said last time, mom.” “I know, but really, just give me one more minute. I’ll be right there. Five, ten, fifteen minutes passed as I worked on my latest project. […]

Terrible Teens…I Beg to Differ (For Those Days You Want to Stay in Bed)

31 Days with a Mentor Mom @beautyandbedlam

Follow along with my 31 Days of a Mentor Mom series After speaking at a conference recently, a young mom asked,  “How does it work when you nurse a baby, have a toddler running around and attempt to teach?” The […]

They Just Didn’t Get It

It Matters

Cutting up the pieces of card stock and gathering the last of the decorations, I couldn’t wait for the hours ahead. After a long, incredibly grueling and emotional sports season, those coaches needed some encouragement and surely, this would do […]

One Little Perspective Change Altered How I Mother

This Perspective Change Altered How I Mother

With a song in her heart, my mom’s sweet little voice sang out.  Relishing in the joy that music brings to the soul of a young child, her heart filled and was satisfied. Then the words came. Words that changed […]

It Starts Today: Chapter One


I am an open book. A book filled with laughter, colorful stories, family bonding and beautiful memories. A book filled with bedlam moments, loneliness, heartbreak and continual processing. Our family story stretches through chapters of both celebrations and difficult life […]

31 Days with a Mentor Mom (who’s keeping it real)

31 Days with a Mentor Mom

My husband flippantly mentioned something about us being “middle aged.” I gasped, “What are you talking about? I am not middle aged! I feel so young.” His eyebrows raised and while attempting to avoid a mind field reaction, he kindly […]

Give a Minute, Help Make a Wish

Give a Minute Help Make a Wish

Last year, I shared our Cell Phone Dilemma about our family’s decision of when to allow our kids to get cell phones. Honestly, as a parent, it’s one of the issues we struggle with the most. It’s such a personal […]

Our First School Experience & My “Lunch” Failure


Last night, the phone rang. As I rushed to answer it, the answering machine kicked on with a welcome message from our son’s principal with all the key announcements for this upcoming school year. You see, after homeschooling our number […]

My Adoption: A Choice of Hope

Adoption A Choice of Hope

If you’ve been reading here for any length of time, you know I am passionate about mothering. Whether it’s a biological child, adopted child or simply sharing LIFE by mentoring another in ones life, the opportunity to impact and influence […]

What Are Your Family Priorities?

Lead Your Family via beautyandbedlam

 When I look around, there are a few people that completely encourage and inspire me as a mom. Women who’ve embraced their role, juggle so much and walk the talk, or quite honestly, RUN IT WELL! Tricia Goyer is one […]