July 27, 2017

Let’s Consider a New “To-Do” List This Holiday Week

Nov24

Thanksgiving is upon us, so I’ve made my list and I’m checking it twice: Mashed Potatoes (the Make Ahead recipe),  Cider Baked Turkey (purchase the juice), Butterhorn Rolls (for Gratitude Rolls),  Pumpkin Bars, and I must remember to cut out […]

The One Word Vocabulary Shift That Profoundly Changed Me

Nov8

Our eyes glimpsed the deer grazing across the pond. Birds sang, ducks swam, and a cacophony of crickets serenaded. As the sun set on our outdoor conversation, a more serene backdrop couldn’t be envisioned, yet our hearts’ cry was anything but. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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

May14

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 […]

Not My Son

Apr3

In my kitchen, laughter permeates the air. I look around with joy as siblings are reunited. Our eldest is home for Easter and once again, our family is complete. When my firstborn grabs his brother in a bear hug and slaps […]

Could’ve, Should’ve, Would’ve

Mar5

I turned the corner of the dairy aisle and there he stood. With his work shirt un-tucked, skewed ponytail strung down his back and shoulders slouched over the milk cases, his body language screamed, “Don’t mess with me.” Everything in […]

Whatever Happened to “Carefrontation?”

Nov1

Ironically enough, I woke that morning with a spring in my step. The exhaustion of mothering our three stair-step babies had settled in, but amidst the chaotic, oatmeal in my hair and juice spilled on my pants, kind of day, […]

Join Me for Some Morning Music

Oct19

It’s always interesting how various aspects of my real life never makes it to my online life and vice versa. This is one of them. Many in my real life and church don’t know I have a blog and most […]