Category: For Mommas


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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To The Mommas Who Made It And The Ones Who Didn’t Make It To Church This Morning

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

  I’ve been known to joke that on the seventh day, God rested… and moms everywhere wondered what that would be like. Let’s be honest, I’m all for rest. Rest is so important. But I’m also a mom of a 6, 4, and almost 2 year old, and those restful moments aren’t always a reality.…

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I’ll Hold You

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

I had just turned off the lamp in my bedroom when I heard her cry from across the house. Just down the hall from her baby brother’s room, her confused words were faintly filtering through the baby monitor on my nightstand. I sat up and started to make my way across the dark living room.…

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I Don’t Think I Can Do This

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

She was on the other side of the wall in the next room. I couldn’t hear what the nurses were saying or her husband or friends. I couldn’t hear what words her family might have spoken to assure her. I couldn’t hear the calm words of the doctor or the likely beeping of the baby…

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When We Hope They Will Forget…

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

He had worked so hard on his Lego creation. For over an hour he had sat at the kitchen table carefully piecing each block in place. I’m not sure if it slipped or if his little brother reached up and grabbed it. But the next thing I knew, it was shattered into a million pieces…

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To the Mom With the Cozy Coupe in Her Living Room

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

There has been a red Fisher Price Cozy Coupe parked in my living room for the last five years. We bought our first little plastic car when my oldest son turned one. He enjoyed climbing inside and eating his snack and putting his drink in the cup holder in the back. For the most part,…

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