July 21, 2014

I Just Want to Come Home, Mom!

Jul7
From that Eldest Son of Mine

(This guy? It’s so good to have him home. Posted from 31 Days of a Mentor Mom series.) Barely keeping my eyes open, I’m juggling between the sofa and my laptop right now. I’m trying to stay awake long enough […]

The Power of a Blessing Your Children

Jun27
The-Power-of-a-Blessing

My eyes perused our front porch. Scattered throughout sat men and their families. From all backgrounds and walks of life, these men symbolized the legacy and heritage of time well spent. Men of discipline, men of character, men who invested […]

I Want To Be Her When I Grow Up: Legacy of Mothering

May7
Gathering as Extended Family

Not a day goes by when I’m not overcome with gratitude for the strong legacy that weaves through our family story. My life could have been so different and that is a fact I don’t take lightly. During my 31 […]

Teen Driving, Their Safety and Paying for It All

Apr14
If you have any kids that will be driving, don't miss this post. Teens and safe driving.

Throughout the car, the music boomed loudly. Our teen driver leaned over, grabbed his ipod while driving and started scrolling through looking for a new song from his play list. Shocked,  I barked from the passenger seat, “What do you […]

Should My Son Play Football?

Apr6
Matthew pop warner picture

I tried to sit down and count up the number of football games, practices and meetings that I’ve sat through, cheered at and/or helped organize. With three boys, each playing football which so far has spanned a ten year period […]

Is Your Child Ready for a Pet?

Feb28
Life with a Yellow Lab

“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 accidents. PLEEEEAAASE????” Many times over the years, I’ve heard this plea. It started with our […]

My Mommy Mess-Up Moment

Feb22
Mothering

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

Oct23
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

Oct20
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 […]

Just One Minute, Honey

Oct13
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)

Oct9
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

Oct4
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

Oct3
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

Oct2

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)

Sep30
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 […]