October 24, 2016

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Parents


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


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


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)


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


“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.)


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


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


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


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, […]

Thrown away in a Garbage Bag & Left to Die: My Precious Nephew


Nearly six years ago, I traveled to Ecuador with my sister in love to bring home my precious nephew, Edison. Thrown away in a garbage bag and left to die, this miracle now bounds through my door nearly every day with […]

To Mothers, Women, Mentors – a Simple Reminder


Five years ago, I shared this post and yet as I re-read it tonight, I needed this reminder – again. No new editing, no additional words, just this. In these moments, when the days are long, and I’m exhausted on all […]

Mothers Day Food Ideas and Recipes


Strawberry Stuffed Crescent Rolls How is it that I’m sharing some of our favorite Mother’s Day Foods and recipes here in hopes that our hubbies and kids will make them for us? Is that a pipe dream? Or maybe we’ll […]

Linger, Savor, Enjoy


Did you know that by the time you reach your 40th birthday, you will have eaten 50,000 meals and spent over 50,000 hours in a food related atmosphere? We have to eat to live and yet it’s no longer the […]

Raising a Band of Brothers – Part 1


Last week, our family was all together again. It was divine. For this mother’s heart, I never realized just how much I would miss my big boys when they were gone and now the moments we have together are priceless. It’s just […]

Shy, Tired or Rude? How do we encourage that child?


Grasping my skirt like a lifeline, our young daughter refused to let go. “Say ‘hi’ to Mr. Smith, honey. He’s been daddy’s friend since he was a little boy. Just give a quick hello.” I could feel her fingers clench […]