Personal Growth

Reach Out

When life feels so hard it almost takes your breath away, reach out. If you’re suspicious you’re experiencing something more significant than postpartum blues, talk to your doctor. If a loved one is dying, let your friends bring you meals. If your kids are making choices that break your heart, confide in a trusted friend or seek advice from your pastor. If you’re facing one of life’s complicated situations...
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Personal Growth

Mindset for Moms: Chapters 6-10

I’m going through Mindset for Moms by Jamie from Steady Mom this month and sharing here how it’s changing my mindset (see my thoughts on chapters 1-5 here). This week was a rough one for us, and I must admit my attitude veered toward the negative. BUT, I was able to reel it in and make changes faster than usual by applying some of the principles I learned last...
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Stand Firm

“Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Cor. 15:58 (NIV) This verse first jumped out to me when my husband was preparing a sermon on 1 Cor. 15. It went on our white board and pretty soon we had it memorized. Even our two-year old knows...
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Personal Growth

Mindset for Moms: Chapters 1-5

  I ran across the Steady Mom blog while in desperate search of someone who had the same basic ideas about parenting and was ahead of me on the learning curve of motherhood. Jamie’s story and personality resonate deeply with me as I have found myself in similar places and with similar struggles. I have derived much comfort from her blog and was excited to get Mindset for Moms when it came out....
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Parenting

Sick Days

    You know how it goes. My daughter got sick first, probably picking something up from the church nursery. And for some inexplicable reason, I got sick too. I’m sure her breathing, sneezing and coughing in my face had nothing to do with it. Now I’ve been up since 4am because I can’t breathe through my nose, my face feels like it’s going to explode and my mouth...
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Personal Growth

We Have A Choice

Many things happen that we cannot choose. But we can decide how to react to our current situation, whatever it may be. We can choose to have a good attitude. We can choose to speak kindly. We can choose to give others the benefit of the doubt. We can choose to cast all our cares upon the One who cares for us. Choices are a luxury we often don’t...
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When Crafts Aren’t Your Thing

I started to title this “I hate crafts” but remembered the importance of words and thought better of it (especially since my daughter is suddenly declaring she “loves” all sorts of things).  I have never been a huge fan of crafts.  I distinctly remember complaining to my mom about craft time during summer day camp in elementary school.  I didn’t understand why we had to glue things when we...
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