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Every Life Matters

Fourteen years ago, I had a miscarriage. It was a devastating time for me, but life continued and somehow I made it through an entire extra year of work that I had not anticipated. I was surrounded by people who loved me well, a husband who shared my grief and faithfully pointed me to Jesus, and family who prayed for […]

Merry Christmas

This year has been full. Full of momentous occasions (Dave and I both turned 40 this year and Ethan celebrated his golden birthday- turning 10 on the 10th). Full of epic trips (we drove to Virginia, Alabama, Texas and Kansas to visit all of our extended family this summer and Dave and I had the opportunity to go on a […]

Stop Trying to Please Me!

There are certain things I never thought I would say until I became a parent. Things like don’t lick your armpit! and why would you put the lightsaber in the toilet?!! But I have started saying something recently that has really surprised me. It’s this… Stop trying to please me. You would think having children who try to please you would be a wonderful thing, right? […]

How You Say It Matters

I hear your words, spoken boldly with conviction. I know the passion that resides behind them and I get that you can’t help yourself. You are compelled to speak. But here’s the thing. Sometimes in your attempt to express your opinion, you ignore important commands in scripture. You forget to be humble and gentle (Eph. 4:2). Kindness and compassion take […]

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice To Say…

“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” I have said this countless times since I became a parent, especially to my oldest who is still learning the concept of “filter”. We say it to combat sibling squabbles. We use it in regards to strangers (if you don’t know them, you really shouldn’t be correcting […]