• I’m Married to Jack from This is Us…And I Know His Secret

    The brilliance of the show This is Us is the use of universal themes. We can all relate to parts of the show–if not all of it–at times. Tragedy mixed with normal life, relationships stretched to breaking points, and family…

  • Photoshopped

    Have you read the story about the family whose pictures were touched up so badly that they don’t look human anymore? We all giggled with a tiny shriek of horror as we saw the cartoon-like faces. I mean, one can’t…

  • A Little Bit of Heaven on Earth

    Home. It’s such a warm word.  It’s the place where we feel safe, where our children feel safe.  It’s where we can actually be ourselves, isolated from the rest of the world with all of its criticism and danger and…

  • 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.…