When I started as a mom, I was still stuck on the unattainable ideals of perfectionism. I needed to have things in order all the time, my lists checked off, my plans followed. However, I soon learned that I needed to lean into God’s plan for my life, and that I needed to listen and obey it. I learned that I did not need to listen to every opinion thrown at me or the ever-changing fads of the world. … More For the Moms – Treasure in Jars of Clay w/ Jen Kosuda
I struggle with not giving myself enough grace. Many nights when I lay my head on my pillow, I think about all the things I could have done better that day. The things I could have said differently. The times I lost my patience or was a little too harsh in my words. I often feel like a failure as a mother based on my actions. … More For the Moms – Treasure in Jars of Clay w/ Shanna Ream
Strong-willed children are experiential learners. They won’t take what someone says to be true. Instead, they must find out for themselves.
Many times, they will challenge every single interaction you have with them, so it is important you reframe questions. Give them choices between two equally acceptable things. “Would you like the apple or the orange.” They need to feel they are in control of their life. Routines and rules written out on the refrigerator help. … More For the Moms – Treasure in Jars of Clay w/ Julie Plagens
Formulas. I remember being in school and struggling through math – EVERY year. My shoulders would go tense, and my brain seemed to suddenly quit. No matter how hard I tried, if I was stuck, I was stuck. The one thing that did help me from time to time was the use of formulas; a … More When Doing it Right Still Goes Wrong
My husband and I moved from a comfortable life into a temporary housing situation to prepare to plant churches in Canada. Everything was changing drastically from what we were accustomed, and I had just given birth to my third child. I fell into a deep depression. I didn’t realize it was postpartum depression until later. I was struggling just to get through my days and keep my baby, and two toddlers cared for while my husband was going to school full time and working. … More For the Moms – “Bold & Brave” with Arrica Hess
Blog series “For the Moms” is back and more bold and brave than ever! I never quite imagined that this project would go beyond 1 year – but it has, and here we are! The 2020 For the Moms…Our Life in Words series was too powerful to not run again. And, if you missed the … More For the Moms is Back and more “Bold & Brave” than ever
So, I recently did a thing… I released my first eBook, “Through the Turbulence (Prayers from the Diary of a Broken Heart)“. Though it’s an eBook, it really is more of a raw honest prayer diary. I never drafted these prayers with the intent to publish them – some of them were far too personal … More NEW eBOOK! “Through the Turbulence – Prayers from the Diary of a Broken Heart”