A Desk, Dignity, and Dark Chocolate

Just a Desk He looked like a deer in the headlights. A drill in one hand, a level in the other. I couldn’t blame him. I’d probably respond the same way if he’d gone from laughter to legit tears in 2.5 seconds. Like I’d just done. We’d spent the last few hours putting together a…

You Know You’re a Parent When…

I had such a fun time touching base with other moms this week and asking them, “What are some of the weirdest things you’ve said or done as a parent that you never would have done before kids?” The answers are hysterical, because I know they’re all 100% true! Check out these 20 “You know…

When I Grow Up to be a Daddy

“I got you flowers, Mommy!” He spun in three circles and then did a forward roll off the couch. Some people express their excitement in mere words. Others need their whole bodies plus a three-foot radius. My son falls into the latter category. “Look at the flowers! I got them for you! Me and Daddy…

The Loneliest Job: Hope for Every Mother

The bloodcurdling scream pierced the tranquility of countless shoppers. I swallowed hard and began the painstaking trek towards the automatic doors, which seemed miles away. It mightn’t have taken me so long had I not had 32 pounds of boneless deadweight to pull behind me while also holding 20 pounds of oblivious enthusiasm in my…

Christmas Service Calendar (for your little narcissists)

Well, this is the year. The year my almost three-year-old has finally gotten wise to the fact that Christmas = presents. For the first time, he’s started actually asking for things. This conversation happened the other day: B: Mommy, what do you want for Christmas? Me: Aww, well, I’d like a– B: I think you…

Slippery Thighs & Sunday Lies

I had the opportunity to write once again for Just 18 Summers this past week. Check out an excerpt below and consider exploring Just18Summers.com and the great parenting resources you’ll find there! Slathering vegetable oil onto my two-year-old’s leg while he screamed in perfect unison with my three-month-old wasn’t exactly how I’d envisioned the start…

When God Says No

Have you ever prayed something so intensely, wanted something so badly, that it took over, that it completely consumed you? And God said no. It was a resounding no. A painfully firm and final no. A seemingly senseless, purposeless, and graceless no.

Baby Girl Nursery (On a Budget!)

I’m 39 weeks pregnant and SO READY to meet our daughter! When we found out we were having a little girl, I was shocked, to say the least—and so was the rest of our family given the running streak of 5 grandsons and 0 granddaughters! I’m still not really sure what we’re going to do…