I recently came across this post from 3 (short) years ago, and with Mother's Day right around the corner, I couldn't help but think HOW MUCH we moms could use this right now. I mean, really.Because if there is one thing I've learned in my nearly 19 years of being a mom it is this: PLAN AHEAD. And: COMMUNICATE YOUR NEEDS. (ok, that is 2 things.) But really, Mommas, don't wait for Mother's day to be disappointed. Take a minute to think about what you need/want in the season you are in.
I had been simultaneously sweeping the floor, boiling potatoes, and returning a text message to a friend when I heard the truck coming up the driveway. We have a gate and a long driveway, so it is rare that a car other than our family's pulls up unexpectedly. It was already 6:00 PM, but this was the FedEx man, delivering a package for my son.But wait, let me back up: Moments (ok seconds) before the truck drove up, I confess I was in a bad mood. I was feeling irritated. Irritated with the
For those of you who are married: I want to encourage you today. (for those of you who are not married, I hope you'll tuck a few nuggets away, and perhaps share this post with a married friend. ;))As much as I love talking about parenting, I am equally enthusiastic about the topic of marriage. I suppose it's really the whole family unit thing; I happen to think family was one of God's greatest ideas.A strong family gives strength to every member. A strong family gives kids a secure
15 minutes that just might save your relationship with your teenagerToday I am sharing one more favorite post from the archives...If you missed this one, I hope it inspires you to parent with thoughtfulness this week. If you've read it before, then perhaps it's a healthy reminder.*****This weekend something came up...once again...with one of our sons. It was an incident related to the way he treats one of his brothers, and honestly--we've all gotten pretty fed up with this
Hey Friends! I am sharing a reader (and author, I might add ;)) favorite post from the archives today. I'm guessing many of you have read this at some point, but I know there are things in here we could use reminders of often. Also: After receiving a number of emails and messages from moms-in-the-thick-of-it lately (you know who you are) I think this post covers much of what is on mom's minds...Hope reading it (even if again,) it offers you a few fresh reminders and some encouragement in
When people first spend time around our family, they often act surprised. "You guys actually seem to like each other!" "Your kids act like best friends." And people will ask "What is your secret to having such a happy family?"Well, first to be clear: our family is NOT perfect. We have flaws, and rough patches, and difficult seasons, too. But overall I'm pleased to say that yes, we really are a happy family. My boys really are best friends. They come to my husband and I for advice. They
A few weeks ago my oldest son told me that he is taking a break from social media. No biggie, he said, he just had a lot going on, needed to focus on school, and he'd get back to it some time later. Maybe.This son, now seventeen, is the only son who I no longer regularly monitor on social media. He has proven to be wise with his phone and has a clean track record in his use of social media. He also has accountability outside of his parents now, in the form of a youth leader and small
Hi friends! So...this Sunday is my birthday!And though I have a bunch of posts in the pipeline (all unfinished, of course,) ... I thought I would repost this birthday post from two years ago. Because on your birthday you get to do whatever you want, right? And also: Most of the confessions here haven't changed a bit, and they might help you newer readers get to know me a little better. Plus, I'm adding a couple "bonus confessions" to the end...which are