February 21, 2017

Unveiling the Masks

Oct30

When you look in the mirror, do you don a mask of perfection and performance? Or maybe you hide behind a mask for fear of reaction? Lies whisper shame and accusation, “You’ll never measure up – if only they knew!”

And then we listen…we listen and embrace lies!

Do you need someone to tell you how special you are, to affirm the role you are doing in your family, marriage, workforce, or ministry?

Stop Waiting, Stop Wondering & Be All In

Oct19

Circled around close, we clutched our coffee mugs. With the backdrop set for conversation between myself and these precious stay at home moms, the sound of toddlers alternated between giggling, screaming, and squealing. I listened. We were interrupted. I heard. We were […]

Kindness Changes Everything

Oct8

Have you ever considered that there might be one thought or common idea, that you live by every moment of every day? Possibly even without recognizing it? That sounds like a mouthful to sit down and ponder, but I bet […]

The Power of a PB & J Sandwich

Sep27

This summer, the power of a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich was made known. (First shared over at (in)courage.) Steam radiated throughout the air and sweat rolled down places my deodorant would never reach. I don’t know why I even […]

Come Behind the Scenes of the National Archives. Fascinating!!

Sep8

Over the past year, my family has explored some of our nation’s greatest colonial treasures. We’ve been blown away at what we were missing when the roots and framework of our country’s leading men have been so beautifully preserved for […]

A Buy-Less Mindset

Sep1

There is a lot of hype surrounding the one-in-one-out decluttering system. Whenever you buy something new (or used), you give something away (or throw it out). But really, does it work? It doesn’t work for me. One-in-one-out sounds like a […]

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Parents

Aug28

Our two eldest college aged sons just went back to school this week and his momma’s heart doesn’t do well with that. I MISS THEM!! I know their new beginnings and all this change are part of the process of […]

I Was Rattled

Aug22

As the band started playing, I stepped forward on the stage and started my communion solo. “How deep the Father’s love for us, How vast beyond all measure.” Verses filled with such depth of truth. “That He should give His […]

Make Room For One More

Jul29

There she was, sitting in a corner by herself. As she aimlessly ruffled the pages of her science folder, her sweet face turned downward showing no expression. My heart tightened as I glanced around the room. Everywhere I looked girls […]

Easy Playdough Recipe (Boredom Busters)

Jul20

It’s that time of the year when you begin to hear, “I’m bored.” Honestly, for years now, our children have learned that phrase is the kiss of death in our home because I can find plenty of things for them […]

When God’s Voice Sounds a lot like Twila Paris

Jul16

“Honey, go home. You haven’t slept more than a few hours in five days. I’ll stay with him. Surgery is scheduled for 8 am. You need to sleep when you can,” murmured my husband. Tipping the newborn scales at 10.5 […]

Are you naturally beautiful? (The answer is YES.)

Jul9

Hi folks! Katie here. I am attracted to inner beauty, just as Jen wrote about here in her post on Meaningful beauty that came from glimpses of poverty. Sometimes, it’s so easy to let ourselves get distracted by the way people look […]

Red, White and Blue Dessert Delights – July 4th Inspiration

Jul2

We are hosting two large groups of people this weekend, with virtually no notice, and the need for some 4th of July dessert ideas inspiration has hit in full force. My teen age sons got home from their work camp […]

Wrestle Hard

Jun28

I wrote this post initially for (in)courage: home for the heart of women. While many of you that read Balancing Beauty and Bedlam may not come from the same Christian world and life view, I think that challenging our teens to […]

Life is Hard

May17

I approached my door and tried to focus. Brown paper bags littered my sidewalk. Bags stuffed with manna. Food, toiletries, diapers, gift cards, and unsigned notes overflowed from grocery bags left for my family. Approaching a year without a paycheck, […]