Are you opening your gift this Christmas?

I imagine sitting at a table together and listening to her talk about the time she embarrassed herself in high school, or that time she blew up the lava volcano with her son, or maybe she'd tell me a story when she couldn't stop crying. Whatever…

Finding Gratitude in Torrential Trials

Simply Motherhood. The name of Ashley's blog captures her writing so well. What I like about Ashley's writing is her ability to speak simple, straightforward truths. She doesn't sugarcoat things. She's honest and real. She's simply sharing her…
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Focusing On Christ Amidst Holiday Frenzy

C.S. Lewis talked about how Christians have different ways of describing Christ forgiving our sins in his book Mere Christianity. He said "You can say that Christ died for our sins. You may say that the Father has forgiven us because Christ…

Loved Baby: a giveaway for the mama with a grieving heart (Bonus author Q&A)

If you've read my stuff enough, then you know I have a heart to bring awareness to pregnancy and infant loss. When I found Sarah in a writing group, I was immediately drawn to her genuine, raw, and honest writing that is grounded in God's truth.…

I know why God made Autumn

Have you ever heard the advice to find your tribe and love them hard because they are your people and it's what we do? Lisa embodies and epitomizes this belief. She is a true lover of people and wants nothing more than to see her friends grow…

How Fallen Leaves Help You Measure Your Worth

Shelby has a knack for speaking straight to the heart by cutting through the hard stuff with a grace and eloquence that leaves me wanting more. That is a gift. And she grows in this because her words are based on one truth: God's word. I love…
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To the husband with a controlling wife

“I found us a babysitter for next weekend,” I say as we begin winding down for the night. “That’s great! What do you want to do?” you ask while taking off your socks. “Maybe you could plan something for us? Anything is better…
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What if we're missing the point of "the days are long but the years are short"?

Ever since I became a parent I frequently hear how time flies with kids and how one day I’ll blink and my kids will be moving out, getting married and start having families of their own. Like when that sweet older mother you ran into at…

What Should You Do When Your Friend Loses Her Baby?

What should you do when your friend loses her baby? Or what do you do when your friend has a miscarriage? We had been drinking coffee for about an hour, chatting about our babies, relishing in the moments of motherhood and grumbling about the…

When I realized my past was controlling my present

When I hear her cry out, I go from 0 to 60 in a heartbeat. My eyes dash to the clock that reads 2:00 AM. Covers fly off my bed to the floor and my feet hit the ground running. My heart beats loudly in my ears as I run to the bathroom, afraid…

Why I Thank My Husband for Doing the Dishes

I quietly shut the door to Sister’s room while exhaling the long day. She’s down for the night (fingers crossed) and I realize that I haven’t brushed my hair or teeth. It’s almost eight o’clock and I feel like a disheveled mess. I…
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What this summer taught me about my marriage 2017

1 | My husband takes me for granted sometimes. And then I sit and list all the ways he takes me for granted and try to get all mad about it. And wouldn't you know, I take him for granted too. But then there's Grace. Thank God for Grace. Being…

When Love Languages Collide

He walked out the door completely unaware of the tears I was about to shed as soon as the back door closed. He would go outside and work in the yard oblivious to the storm brewing in my heart. I wish I could say later that night while laying…

How I realized we weren't REALLY fighting about where to eat

Satisfaction and contentment twinge in my heart while I fasten her diaper. It’s a small feeling that I get almost every weekend. It’s a quiet feeling that you don’t really recognize but you know it’s there. I quickly dress Sister and…
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Three ways NOT to date your spouse

I double checked myself in the mirror before walking back out. Murmurs of friends, families and couples drifted through the walls. I tucked loose strands of hair behind my ears, wiped away mascara smudges, took a deep breath and set myself to…

When I realized my husband wasn't enough

I hear our heavy back door thud shut. Husband is home. Thank God. I’m upstairs chasing a naked Bubby, trying to convince him that a bath is a good idea. I’ve got Sister squirming on the floor, waiting for me to nurse her so she can go to…

Dirty toes and sticky fingers

These past couple of weeks have felt different. I have found myself waking up with an excitement that I haven't had in a while. An excitement that whispered "I get to wake up Bubby this morning. I get to read with him this morning. I get to…

Onesies like this drive me bonkers

When I saw this onesie almost two years ago I chuckled and rolled my eyes. Just another parenting joke that presents dads as inept helpers around the house. Clearly dads need this onesie to understand the obvious. It's just a onesie. No big…
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That one time I left the house with diapers in my back pocket

If I got on my phone right now and scrolled through Facebook or Instagram, I would surely see a handful of posts about motherhood. They would be posts that talk about it being “wine-oclock” already or wearing leggings everyday. Or maybe…
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What I've Learned from Spring 2017

This spring was full of a lot of new for me. A newborn. A new season of writing. A new understanding of myself. Here are ten things I've learned this spring. The list is in no particular order. Let's just say it's an ongoing list... :) I…

Can taking pictures with my phone bring gratitude?

I seriously tend to cringe when I hear about "themed" days for bloggers. I think part of it is because I always struggled finding one I liked and could stick with. And honestly, I'm not even sure "Thankful Thursdays" is a thing but it's going…

5 Ways Traveling with Kids Will Improve Your Marriage

I wish I could say that Mike and I traveled the world before we settled down to start a family. We did your typical yearly vacation to tourist attractions in the U.S., but nothing over-the-top. No trips to Italy to boat the canals of Venice.…
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What I'm into right now: Silicone, MMD, 13 Reasons and Tim Ferriss #fiveonfriday

I feel like when I get together with other wives and moms our conversations usually entail things we're really into at the moment. You know, "Oh, I just found this great flourless recipe for chocolate banana bread" or I am so in love with The…

To the Grieving Mama on Mother's Day

I keep cards. I have this box under my bed that’s full of memories and notes from friends and family who have given me wishes on special occasions. I picked up this habit from my mother. She always kept cards we kids gave her. When she passed…