• Dear Neighbor,

    You told us you were going to be moving weeks ago, but the “For Sale” sign in your yard made it seem like a reality. When you told us you’d accepted an offer after the first weekend your home was…

  • 3 Practical Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas

    The struggle is real. No kiddin’. Between the classroom Christmas parties and programs and events and potlucks—it’s no wonder we (moms) feel like we lose the meaning of Christmas every year.  It’s as if culture says, “Moms, you aren’t busy…

  • How to Create the Perfect Christmas

    My memories of Christmas involve helping my mom in the kitchen of our (less than a thousand square foot) home. Amy Grant’s A Christmas Album was playing on the cassette player on the counter, and we were elbow-deep in wrapping paper and…

  • If You Could Have Anything…. 

    The other day I asked my class of 9th graders what they would ask for if they could have anything in the world. Most answered the way you’d expect: money, cars, jobs at Disney. (They are 9th graders, after all.)…

  • 5 Things Moms Should Do During the Holidays 

    I don’t know about you, but every year, after the holidays have passed, I am overwhelmed with a variety of emotions.  I feel a great sense of relief that the season is over—but a little bit of sadness as well—because, well,…

  • 4 Things to Try When Your Child Hates Reading 

    At exactly what age is a child supposed to read? 5 years old? 6? 7? At what point do you, as a mom, begin to worry that your child will never read–or possibly worse–never LOVE to read? I’m not sure.…

  • Not Her Favorite Parent

    This article was originally published on Perfection Pending.  For the record, I used to be her favorite parent. I remember her reaching for me whenever I was nearby. She’d spot me from a hundred yards and start kicking and reaching and,…

  • Dear Momma of a “Problem” Child

    Dear Momma, Did you get a call from the teacher today? Or worse, from the principal?  How many days has he been on “red” so far this year?  How are YOU doing? Everyone knows, don’t they? He knows, you know,…

  • 3 Lies I {Used} to Believe

    I wanted to start a blog about 6 years ago.  I did, actually.  I had little purpose except to just write some thoughts about life on the world wide web and hope someone read or was at least interested in…