faith, family

Identity

Over the last year, I have found myself feeling like I really know who I am. And also whose I am. It is humbling and empowering to know the God of our universe had me in mind, created me on purpose, and has a plan for me. I have come to a point where I… Continue reading Identity

communication, faith, family, health, life

Content Fatigue

I first heard the term "compassion fatigue" in a meeting for volunteers. It was about not trying to pour from an empty inner cup. Giving is good, but we have to be resting and taking in what we need to have anything to give. Excellent concept - and important for all of us to avoid… Continue reading Content Fatigue

communication, faith, family, life

Yes isn’t always the best answer.

I've been reading a lot of parenting articles in my motherhood groups lately. The focus seems to be on saying "yes" more to our kids. I was buying into a little at a time, slowly doubting myself in a new way, and thinking that I just shut the kids down too much, too often. So… Continue reading Yes isn’t always the best answer.

communication, faith, family, life, marriage

Unmet Expectations

A new lesson I've been trying to impart to my crew is how unmet expectations, and unreasonably high expectations, can really put a strain on relationships. This is true for any relationship - be it spouses, parent-child, siblings, friends, co-workers. Unmet expectations can place a burden on a relationship that sometimes, the relationship cannot even… Continue reading Unmet Expectations

faith, family, life

Refueling When Parenting is Hard

If you're anything like me, when you first held your tiny baby, you didn't think your precious child could ever let you down. In fact, the possibility of disappointment probably wasn't even a thought in your head. It wasn't in mine. The last year has been grueling. I've found myself disappointed, heartbroken, and hurting over… Continue reading Refueling When Parenting is Hard

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Parenting Stretches Us

Parenting always pushes me out of my comfort zone and really forces me to examine my thoughts, motives, actions. I have to really analyze my feelings, determine justified and unjustified emotions, and move forward with the day to day, no matter how happy or hurt I am. My sweet son was talking to his dad… Continue reading Parenting Stretches Us

faith, family, friends, life, marriage

The Balancing Act

I think the balancing act is another pursuit of perfection. We can see the pendulum swing from one extreme to the next, so if we can catch it dead center and stop it there, we will have balance. Balance in our parenting, our diet, our work, our home. Balance. Balance. Balance. "It's all about balance,"… Continue reading The Balancing Act