If words were people, “Yes” would be the fun, popular one. "Yes" wears cute clothes, and is always up for an adventure. “No” would be grumpy and stubborn, donning an argyle sweater-vest in August. Nobody likes “No.” Such a downer. But perceptions don’t always match reality. Sometimes “no” is ... Read More about Four Simple Tips for Saying No to Overcommitted Schedules
Grabbing my freshly brewed coffee, I pour a generous serving of creamer in and swirl it with a spoon. I’m just settling into my favorite orange chair in the living room, ready to dive into my Bible, when my 8-year-old pads into the room, hair tousled and freckled face flushed with sleep. Sighing ... Read More about 5 Ways to Spend Time With God When You’re A Busy Mom
2020 Moms enjoy modern conveniences our Great Grandmothers could only dream about. We throw a load of laundry in the washer, pop some chicken nuggets in the microwave, and then pick up our iPhones to FaceTime Mom. We accomplish in five minutes what took Great Grandma Mildred a full day. With all ... Read More about Loving Like Christ in the Chaos of Mom-Life
Awakening in the dark of the night, my husband flipped from his back toward me. One eye opened as he peered at me. Biting my lip, I hunched further into the covers to hide the glow of my phone screen. “Why are you still awake?” he asked, tone rusty with disuse. “It’s the only time I have to ... Read More about How to Create a Nighttime Routine That Actually Works
My four-year-old grunted and strained, climbing up a flight of stairs while carrying a heavy (for her) stack of books. Between grunts, her tiny voice squeaked: “Be strong and courageous...ugh…for the Lord your God…is with you!” She made it to the top step with a smile that said, “I did ... Read More about 7 Simple Ways to Include Your Preschooler In Bible Study
“Mom, what is dad’s favorite color?” my friend’s daughter asked recently, pausing to look up from her coloring page. Incredulous, my friend exchanged a look with her husband. “Honey, ask daddy. You’re sitting on his lap!” It’s a humorous story, but it speaks to a larger truth. How often ... Read More about 4 simple ways to help your kids quit interrupting
Well, here we are! Homeschooling again! I'll be honest and say that we were not really considering homeschooling before the whole pandemic thing happened. We assumed we'd move and put the kids in the local private school, or maybe the public school. But we soon learned that even those schools ... Read More about Our Homeschool Curriculum Choices for 2020-2021
“I’m sorry,” I gulped, a lead weight in the pit of my stomach. “I just can’t commit to that right now.” A friend had asked me to lead a team and I wasn’t sure how to say no gracefully. The choice felt complicated by our friendship and because the role benefited a worthy cause, but I knew it would ... Read More about How to say “no” – even to good things.