• Right to Rest

    A life lesson that took me a while to learn: I don’t need to be told to take rest. Rest doesn’t need to be a gift or an offering. It is something I take when I need it and ask for help in getting it when necessary. I think taking rest is one of the most important things we can incorporate into our daily and weekly life, especially as parents. Our current culture loves to lie to us about the importance of the ‘hustle’.  So at first instinct, it might seem weak and lazy to take rest, but I argue…

  • Honor the Emotions, Consider the Wound.

    I am committed to walking into pain. To leave my armor of privilege at the door. To honor the wounds of others. To stand for those who need me, no matter what inconvenience or discomfort it brings. It is the…

  • Paralyzed by COVID Confusion

    If I wear a mask to the store and live in fear, I am a sheep. Get your head out of the sand, they say.  The Government is trying to control you, they say.  This is a hoax. If I…

  • Do what you love…but still rest.

    Woeeee. I think this is the longest I’ve gone without writing here TO DATE. Fun fact I even forgot my log in to get to my own blog that I’ve had for 10 years, cool cool.  If I am not…

  • The life within us

    When you have kids in elementary school, specifically one that is doing a deep dive on animals for a school project, you find yourself learning all kinds of incredibly random animal things. Recently, one fact in particular struck me. Did…

  • Is this okay? Is this safe?

    Several weeks ago I tagged along with a good friend at her Church for a women’s brunch she invited me to. Over the course of two hours we sang worship songs, listened to a Christmas message and chatted with the…

  • Joy for the Women too

    A few years ago Shain got me a soda stream for Christmas. I never asked for one, didn’t really even know what a soda stream was. At first I was seriously confused since I don’t drink soda (or you know…POP,…

  • The Day I Learned My Trigger.

    The year our second daughter was born was also a turning point for our marriage… and not a great one. My husband was working a job with limited downtime, constant travel and he had a whole TWO days off when…

  • Mom Goals

    I remember sitting in the doctor’s office when I was pregnant with my first baby and I came across a magazine that had a professional soccer player on the cover. The headline said something like: “Back on the field six…

  • Manic thoughts from a first time Kinder Mom

    For years when the back to school photos would start to circulate, I would tear up thinking about my babies, but I would also feel myself being slightly envious. Amidst the tears and the tantrums and the diapers, it seemed…

  • Still Paralyzed by COVID Confusion

    Last year I wrote an essay titled  Paralyzed by Covid Confusion because I was so overwhelmed by the majority of information I was wading through to make decisions for my family and aware that much of this information was for…

  • She is me

    My youngest daughter is what some would call.. strong willed.  We had to practically force her out of my belly to be born and when she finally emerged, she was pissed to be here and clearly wanted to go back…

  • Hearing God

    I used to envy people who said they heard God and felt his presence. It was something I longed for, yet couldn’t quite figure out. Was He mad at me? Was something wrong with me? I had success in every…