What Will Be Different This Year?

At the beginning of the year, I’ve usually made my list of projects that have sat dormant throughout the holiday season and I resolve to complete them.   Somewhere in the list is the contemplation of the top 10 behaviors I want to  instill in my kids.  You know the ones I’m talking about– changing those […]

What Gift Will You Give Your Kids This Year?

5 Things You Might Consider

As we contemplate the new year and what will be different, maybe we should think about our parenting and what legacy we are creating.  What gift do we want our kids to hold on to that can’t be wrapped in a box?   Sitting in a doctor’s office, I was surprised to find out that we […]

What Do You Want Your Kids’ Christmas Memories to be?

I wrote this blog the first Christmas after my daughter’s death and hope that it is an encouraging reminder of what our role as mom is during this Season.  As you head into the final week of preparation, my prayer is that you will pause long enough to cherish the memories that you are creating […]

Setting Christmas Expectations?

The other day I found myself in a fast food restaurant  with two teens sitting a booth away.  As I eavesdropped on their conversation, I realized that they were in the same mode I was in–setting expectations. I was sitting with my sandwich and my list of all the things I needed to accomplish to […]

Quieting The Christmas Gift Expectations

We live in a give, give, and give some more culture–especially when it comes to our kids.   I’ll be the first to admit that I lavished gifts onto my kids.  After all, I wanted them to have all the things that I just knew would make them delighted. And then there were all the activities.  […]

What Makes a Good Mom?

30 Things to Consider

When I’m in the depths of despair with one of my kids, frustrated with their choices, and wishing things could be different, sometimes I have no idea what being a good mom really looks like.  I vacillate with what the right decision should be in the moment and it’s easy to get down on myself–after […]