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 […]

1 September

Breaking the Cycle of Frustration – Part 3

Breaking the Cycle of Frustration – Part 3

As I wrap up my series on breaking the cycle of frustration, I want to hit at the heart of the deeper struggles that cause us to become frustrated. The enemy is very capable of using minor things to distract us and keep us in the cycle of grumpiness. What a tragedy if we waste […]

27 August

Breaking the Cycle of Frustration – Part 2

Breaking the Cycle of Frustration – Part 2

Earlier this week, I reminisced about the good ol’ days of college bathrooms as I shared with you about my current silly bathroom frustration. Little did I know that, a few days later, I would stand in a nice hotel room having another moment of foot fear. This time, it wasn’t the fungus of a […]

25 August

Breaking the Cycle of Frustration – Part 1

Breaking the Cycle of Frustration – Part 1

Do you remember the good old college days? For some it was a few months ago and for others a few decades ago. Before the days of luxury-apartment-living on college campuses, many of us experienced the hall bathroom. One step above the hall bath experience was the bathroom you shared between two dorm rooms. Flip-flops […]

18 August

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes… Wondering if this brings back childhood memories for some of you? Similar to songs like the Hokey Pokey, you’re not really sure why you ever sang it, but that tune can automatically pop up in your mind the moment someone mentions the title. Perhaps even the hand […]

13 August

Pick A Freshman

Pick A Freshman

At this time of year, there are lots of send-offs. For some, you watched your child walk down a school hallway for the first time. The backpack looked like it could cause your sweet thing to topple over. You can’t believe kindergarten is here. For others, you sent your adult child off to another country […]

14 July

6000 Days – Part 3

6000 Days – Part 3

On Saturday night, Annika, Chris and I found ourselves staring down an airport corridor, anxiously waiting to see Mark after two weeks away from home. For the second year in a row, Mark traveled to a student leadership camp. Our house had been so much quieter than usual that we were all ready for the […]

9 July

6000 Days – Part 2

6000 Days – Part 2

Raising children is such an incredible adventure. Throughout my journey, I’ve been grateful for the friendships I’ve had with women who are a step or two ahead of me raising their children. Today, as I continue from Tuesday’s post, I hope this will serve as a helpful perspective. If you’re earlier in your parenting, you […]