In our city, we often see men and women standing on the roadside holding out a cardboard sign that reads, “I’m Hungry. Need Help. God Bless.” Seeing them usually causes some kind of wrestling within my heart. It is a good thing. For a minute I get a reality check. I remember that not everyone has a home, a bed, and food to eat - a few things that, for those of us who have them, we can … [Read more...] about Teaching Our Kids about Generosity and What I Learned from Them
How do I help my husband make Mother’s Day special for me? I hear your confusion. Something about this question feels wrong…. “What? Isn’t it his job to figure it out? For goodness sake, are you saying I have to plan my own Mother’s Day?” My answer to both of these questions is: Yes. I have been married for almost 19 years. For ten years of our marriage, I was not a mother. My husband knew … [Read more...] about How to Help Your Husband Succeed on Mother’s Day!
Mornings can be cray-cray! From getting yourself up and somewhat functioning to getting the kids fed, cleaned, dressed, and everything packed and ready to get out the door on time, it is no small feat. (Do you feel tired just from thinking about it?) I remember how crazy it was when we had three little ones under the age of three and how more insane it became when we added two foster twin infants … [Read more...] about 4 Tips to Stress-Free Mornings with Kids
A few weeks ago our family watched the movie Cool Runnings, based on the true story of the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team. It is a feel-good movie with some memorable lines. We all loved it. One of my favorite lines was something that the coach said to the team captain the night before the competition day in the Olympics. (**This post contains an affiliate link.**) He said, “A gold medal is … [Read more...] about Are you Enough?
The festivity, the joy, the excitement of the people filled the streets as Jesus humbly rode by on a donkey. The palm branches symbolized victory for the Israelites and the phrase, “Hosanna,” was a declaration, a cry for salvation, “Save us!” They listened, all eighteen first and second grader, eyes fixed on me as I began telling them the familiar story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into … [Read more...] about Hosanna: A Holy Week Meditation
The Middle School years typically creep up on many of us before we're ready. I definitely feel this way. The years are moving quickly and in two and a half years, my eldest will be in middle school. What can we do to help our kids prepare for the changes that await them? I have been working in middle schools as a substitute teacher, and it has brought some delightful real life surprises. Some … [Read more...] about Preparing for Middle School: Advice from Middle School Kids