• Three Reasons Why I Make My Kids Say “Yes Ma’am” 

    First of all, I’m not from the South originally.  I have lived in the South for the last 9 years, and, for the most part, southern mommas make their children say, “Yes Ma’am” or “No Ma’am” from the time they…

  • Heaven’s Math

    Math was never my favorite subject in school.  Don’t get me wrong: I loved to play “Around the World” with math flashcards, and I enjoyed trying to beat my classmates at speed drills and calculations on the board.  But when…

  • The Only Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe You’ll Ever Need

    When I was a kid, my mom always used the cookie recipe on the back of the Toll House chocolate chips bag.  Every. Single. Time.  After my discovery of Pinterest, I was constantly trying out new recipes for everything—including chocolate…

  • The Shiniest of Shiny Things

    The word shiny instantly causes my kids to begin singing that new Moana song, “Shiny.”  It’s just the perfect mix of annoying and catchy and it ends up on a never-ending loop in my head. I just started teaching full-time…

  • 10 Ways to Remind Your Children of Their God-given Identities 

    The other day I had an epiphany during a conversation with my daughter. She was describing a moment of frustration she’d had at school this past week. I asked her why she didn’t ask her teacher for help.  “Because, Mommy.…

  • This Is Why It’s Dangerous to Raise Good Kids

    We’ve probably all heard about the “Prodigal Son.”  {If you haven’t, stop here and read Luke 15!} I grew up hearing Sunday School lessons, chapel messages, and countless sermons warning about the dangers of leaving home to chase after worldly…

  • Warrior Mama v. Mama Bear

    I just love those cute shirts that say “Mama Bear” on them!!!! I have had one in my online shopping cart more than once.  {Side note: do you do that?  Almost go all the way through with a purchase, and…

  • He RESTS While I STRESS

    I read Luke 8 today and, in a nutshell, it’s an account of several miracles Jesus did–with a parable mixed in for good measure.  Every miracle He did in Luke 8 was in response to an impossible situation. The storm…

  • This Is Why I’m Attempting #Project333

    Never heard of #Project333?  Read this article for a quick rundown on the basic idea. This summer, I spent time working to minimize the “stuff” in our house.  My friend and I discussed this ongoing journey in a recent podcast.…