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Drinking From Daddy’s Cup (Hope for the Mom Who Feels Empty and Drained)

Welcome! I’m glad you’re here. Whether you’re an old friend or a new one, I pray that you’ll be blessed as you linger in this place “where faith is spilled and souls are filled.”  If you like what you find, I hope you’ll sign up on the sidebar to receive my blog in your inbox now and […]

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The M.O.M. Initiative: The One List That Could Set You Free Today

I was squashed between kindergarteners in the school cafeteria when my 6-year-old son, Joshua, made an announcement that gave me the giggles. I hid my mouth behind a napkin to cover my smirk and realized that at one point in my life, my son’s innocent words would have spawned tears instead of chuckles. It started when […]

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The Mom Initiative: For the Mom Whose Life Feels Small

Laundry frames the end of my day, stacks of clean underwear and yet-to-be-folded t-shirts, drifts of unmatched socks and mountains of wrinkled jeans. Upturned baskets are scattered across the living room like tiny tables awaiting a tea party. But I’m not in the mood for a midnight soiree, I’m drinking from my own deep reservoirs […]

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The Mom Initiative: For the Mom Who Feels Like She’s Losing Her Marbles

Back when I was a mom of two tiny ones, I vowed that I would never be that woman who whittled away the years just waiting for the day her last baby would go to kindergarten. Of course, at the time, I had no idea then just how difficult it would be to keep that […]

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The Mom Initiative: The Paradox of Motherhood

I remember the day a newly-engaged young woman asked me a thought-provoking question. “What do you love most about being a mom?” Her eyes glittered, fresh with the hope of someday–after choosing wedding colors and the perfect white dress–embracing the season I was living. A mom of five kids under the age of ten, my […]

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The MOM Initiative: Good News of Great Joy… For Real

Sometimes baby Jesus lingers in a stable. And sometimes He hangs out in pink backpacks. And sometimes I think six-year-olds understand Christmas far better than their mamas. Hope you’ll join me over at The MOM Initiative today for one more tale about nativity scene mayhem and the kind of good news that changes everything.  For […]

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The M.O.M. Initiative: Big Hope When Life Feels Small

Before I brought home my first baby bundled in wrinkles and wails, I imagined that being a mom would make my life feel BIG. I assumed that being handed the huge responsibility of partnering with God to shape a life and grow a child would feel important and fulfilling. Not boring and mundane. I imagined […]

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What Mud Puddles Can Teach Us About Friendship

 Hi, friends. I’m so glad you’re here. If you’re stopping by from Proverbs 31, WELCOME! I know there are many places you could be today, and I’m thankful you’ve chosen to spend a few minutes with me. Whether you’re an old friend or a new one, I pray that you’ll be blessed as you linger in this place where faith is […]

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The Mom Initiative: When Your Child’s Path Looks Bumpy

On the night before he began kindergarten, my youngest son announced he’d “rather go to jail” than go to school. His big brother chuckled and murmured something under his breath about school being a prison, and I tried to swallow my tears while flashing my eldest the evil eye. To be honest, my little one’s […]

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The Mom Initiative: Hope for the Hard Days

  Once there was a little girl who left bright blue footprints all over the house. And a mama who scrubbed those drips and drizzles of smudgy paint until she ran out of carpet cleaner. And a woman in the grocery store who cried in the cereal aisle. And a tiny thread of hope that ran […]

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