4 October

Reflections from a Sports Mom

Reflections from a Sports Mom

Among the different hats I wear, I’ve spent the last 12 years as a sports mom. Over the years, soccer, football, cross country, track, basketball, lacrosse, and one brief season of T-ball (which ended quickly when Mark couldn’t understand why everyone got to be at bat even after 3 outs) have been on our calendar. […]

23 August

Pick a Freshman – Take 2

Pick a Freshman – Take 2

Sometimes I feel like a broken record. Seems like I’m telling my kids the same things or asking Chris the same questions over and over. When it comes to speaking and writing, however, I have this disdain for repetition. I’m not sure why. Chris often reminds me that I need to repeat myself more often. […]

9 August

The Journey

The Journey

Sometimes life wears me out. Sometimes parenting wears me out. Sometimes ministry wears me out. How about you? Can you relate? Then I look at Moses. And I find that God puts everything in perspective. I’ve been in the book of Numbers recently, so I’ve been reminded of how many stinking times the children of […]

2 August

This Ain’t Man Church!

This Ain’t Man Church!

Being a man seems like a pretty standard experience. (I’m just sayin’!) This thing called “culture” projects a relatively universal message of what life for a man should look like. You need to grow up, get an education, find a skill, and provide for your family. As a Christian, you would contextualize that same message […]

7 June

Long Before the Dorm Room

Long Before the Dorm Room

Growing up, academics were always valued in my home. (For some of you, your eyes are already rolling… hang on.) For whatever reason, I loved learning and enjoyed school. When I got married and thought of starting my own family, I longed for my children to have a great education and to value learning, too. […]

5 May

A Mother’s Day Toast

A Mother’s Day Toast

On this pre-Mother’s Day post, I interrupt my regularly scheduled programming to salute and encourage all women who endlessly give, and yet struggle to ever treat themselves… Most of the time, I sit down and intentionally plan out my blogs. Every once in a while, however, a blog kinda pops out of me. This is […]

8 March

Pick a Senior

Pick a Senior

It feels like eons ago, but back in August I asked you to pick a freshman. If you knew a freshman entering high school or college, I encouraged you to commit to praying for him or her for the first 2 months of the school year. As we round the bases and look at this […]

4 February

The Mom Life

The Mom Life

Being a mom is one of the most selfless roles a person can be given. If you’re selfish when you start, you quickly see how that selfishness is stripped away. In those early days, you give up sleep, you give up your schedule… and you lend them your body, for crying out loud! I remember when […]

19 January

Pushing Too Hard

Pushing Too Hard

There are times when I wonder if I’m too nice to my children! I’m definitely not the one always trying to be my child’s best friend, but there are other times when I contemplate why on earth I agreed to bail them out or sacrifice my preferences or time to help them. One such occasion […]

12 January

Who’s Your Favorite Child?

Who’s Your Favorite Child?

Annika recently asked me, “Who’s your favorite child?” I told her I didn’t have one. She wasn’t satisfied with that answer, so she pressed again. “You must have a favorite.” When repeating myself still didn’t satisfy her, I decided that asking a question might end this awkward topic of conversation. I said, “Do you have a […]