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You’re All My Favorites
Does God have favorite children? Is it possible that we are all His Favorites?
Faith vs. Fear: I Decide
Everything shifts after a cancer diagnosis.
Kid’s behavior can be so chaotic sometimes. As an elementary school teacher, random outbursts of flailing arms, haphazard body movements and silly noises are actions that I witness on a daily basis. Most of the time they are typical childlike behaviors. Sometimes they just need to shake their sillies out!
Seasons of Change
My identity as a mom has indeed changed as my kids have grown. Now that I am raising 2 teenagers and one tween, I am no longer perceived as the wonder woman-mom they idolized in infancy and toddler hood. Mothering used to be sweetly characterized by singing songs in the rocking chair, playground swings and glittery art projects; now it involves chauffeuring, arguments, whining and drama.
The Chores Got Done (and other astonishing things happening in my house)
“…Be real with me, lady. Tell me about the days you slumped against your door and cried for 45 minutes, completely sure you were screwing it all up. Then we can talk.”
Mom Taxi, Texting, and One Direction:
Ways I am Working God’s Word into my kids’ hearts (and my own)
“…Their thought processes might be tangled up in teenage hormones and middle school angst but if I invalidate that process all I am doing is making myself irrelevant.”
It’s All About You
My daughters and I were lazily walking through the mall the other day, and we passed by a clothing store advertising their fall line of sweaters, jackets, and all things pants. On the display window of said store, in bold but discreet lettering, was listed different styles you could find inside. At the end of this list, a phrase caught my eye: It’s all about you.
I stopped dead in my tracks.
Cookie Dough and Righteousness
Sometimes we make cookies. Usually they are not from scratch, and I don’t apologize for that. I have a lot going on, most of which revolves around my family, so therefore, if I can’t provide homemade cookies for them they will have to cope with that reality in their lives.
This Is Our Semester Abroad
“Mom, I want to study abroad next semester.”
Sounds innocent enough, right? But she had something specific in mind. As I write this, my daughter is enjoying a semester abroad…in Rwanda, Africa. No, there was no talking her into a semester in Europe. So my husband and I prayed.
The Problem With Blogs
“…Jeremiah 33:3 is one of my favorite verses on this, because God says ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ That pretty much covers everything.”