• woman in messy room

    How to Provide Freedom and Still Enforce Limits

    We have a teenager in our house. The expression “It’s MY room” comes out often in daily conversation. To which I often reply, “It is MY house!” That being said, I want her to have a space that is hers,…

  • open bible on table

    Our Favorite Scripture Passages to Encourage Moms

    As moms, we are going to have rough days. Maybe we feel like we were too harsh with our kids, or maybe we wish we had more money to send them to that private school, or maybe we are just…

  • mom of struggling child

    To the Mom with the Struggling Child – I See You

    The most challenging part of motherhood to date is watching my child struggle. I am not referring to minor frustrations and difficulties, but challenges that permeate all areas of life. For our family, the struggle includes a long list of…

  • autumn leaves

    Lamenting the Last While Celebrating the First

    Motherhood is a celebration of firsts. We wait with anticipation for the first smile, laugh, and steps.  The list goes on and on.  What we talk about less often is that motherhood is also filled with a series of lasts.…

  • Why We Need the Family Job Chart

    Five people live in our beautiful house. Five people and all of their stuff fill every corner of our beautiful house. Five people also wear clothes, use dishes, take showers, and brush their teeth in this beautiful house. Because five…

  • How to Keep your Sanity in the Land of Picky Eaters

    We have three children with very different tastes, attitudes, and opinions on food. I am the one and only mom who plans, shops for, and cooks all the meals in our house. We also have one Daddy who eats what…

  • Beginning a New Season of Motherhood

    Today marked the first day of the 2019-2020 school year. My two girls started 7th and 2nd grade. Both girls were in new spaces with new teachers, one middle school and the other a lower elementary classroom. In our cozy…

  • “You Must Wear Deodorant” and Other Awkward Mom Talks

    When I looked into my baby’s adorable sweet face, I never imagined all the awkward and bizarre conversations we would have.  There should be a manual preparing you for the job of warden ruling over personal hygiene and matching clothes.…

  • Raising Girls and Body Image

    Raising Girls is a joy.  I really mean it.  My girls are full of energy, creative, caring, empathetic, and generally tons of fun.  Raising girls is also tricky.  (I am sure raising boys is tricky as well, but my little…