Category: For Mommas


Her Son Wasn’t Wearing Shoes at the Zoo

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Her son wasn’t wearing shoes at the zoo.  That wasn’t the first thing I noticed about her or the little blonde-haired boy with her. And the fact that he didn’t have shoes on definitely isn’t the point of this story. But sometimes little bare feet expose our hearts… My husband and I took our three…

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You’re Supposed to Love This

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

There’s this ache that says, “You’re supposed to love this. You’re supposed to love this and be better at all of this. There’s probably something wrong with you. You need to figure it out. Get it together. Figure out how to make yourself enjoy it all more.” And you believe it. So you look around…

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How My Dad’s 40 Year Old Secret Saved My Marriage

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Space. You can feel it. That space in between you and your husband… You’re not quite sure where it came from, but you know it’s there. And some days it seems like it is growing. Things used to be different. Before kids became a part of your story, things were so very different. There was…

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What I Don’t Want My Kids to Believe

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

It was well after midnight, and I scrambled to find a pen and paper. I have a hard enough time locating a pen during the day, but I was able to find a marker in my kitchen junk drawer. It was a blank sheet of white paper waiting to be filled – a clean slate.…

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Why I Bought My Daughter a Dress Even Though She Disobeyed

I Bought My Daughter a Dress Even Though She Disobeyed

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

I tried to calm her. Sweetheart, just put the dress on the counter so we can pay for it. Okay? Look. See all of these people patiently waiting in line behind us? This nice lady at the register wants to finish with us so she can help the other customers too. I just need you…

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Ready or Not! – To Read on the First Day of School

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

  The house is quiet. I’m walking from room to room looking in each. Everything is still until I hear a little bit of giggling coming from a not-so-secretive little girl. “Ready or not, here I come!” I shout, giving her a little warning that I’m on my way. More giggling. I pull open the…

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It Will Be Our Turn… Later

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

I’m almost to the end of another day. I got my kids up and took them to church and fixed lunch and answered a million questions and solved a million fights and detached a million stuck Legos. There are so many things I need to do. But I know any minute my kids will be…

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The Wedding Gift That Changed How I Look at My Kids

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

“Be sure to take pictures in your heart,” a friend had told me before my wedding day. “On your wedding day, it will go by so quickly. All of the hard work and planning will all be over in a matter of minutes. If you don’t make a point to remember it, you will look…

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The Night She Didn’t Call My Name

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

She didn’t call for me tonight. I stood a few steps outside of her bedroom door after I put her to bed and waited. Nothing. She didn’t cry standing at the edge of her crib reaching for me to lift her out like she did four years ago. She didn’t get out of a toddler…

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The #GoodMomMovement

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

This isn’t for one group of moms. This isn’t for moms in one season of life. This isn’t for just a few of us. This is for each of us. To the momma in waiting who is all together thrilled and terrified… Who has done as much as she can to get ready for her…

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Because Sometimes Motherhood Means Doing it Tired

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

It’s 5:15, and I’m tired. But I’m here with my three children, and I don’t have the option to just stop. Have you ever felt that way? I am sure that it has been said more eloquently by someone else. I’m sure that there are ways to talk about the deep exhaustion that is motherhood…

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Can You Just Stop?

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

  Can you just stop!? I must holler that across my house half a dozen times a day. Stop fighting with each other. Stop teasing. Stop being big brother(ish) just because you can. Stop complaining. Stop whining. Just stop. Please. Just… stop. I’m not usually upset. It is out of exhaustion more than anything that…

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This isn’t the Mom I Want to Be

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

I yelled. It was the end of the day, and no one was listening to me… and I just yelled. I’m not talking a raised voice or “you are in the other room and can’t hear me so I’m going to shout.” I yelled. Get back in here, and help me clean up these toys…

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You Figured it Out

Monday, March 14th, 2016

They sent you home with this little life. There was no instruction manual or easy user guide. There wasn’t a cheat sheet. All you had was your baby and your best judgment and God’s endless grace for the new mom. But you figured it out. You figured out what each cry meant. You figured out…

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To the Momma Up in the Middle of the Night

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Shhhhh. I won’t take much of your time. I know you’re busy. I know you’re tired. And I know that more than anything you wish you were sleeping and your little one (or not so little one anymore) was sleeping too. I thought I might keep you company for a second. I know how lonely…

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