No one prepared me for this. I took ten weeks of training to become a mom and yet I feel so unprepared for what comes with this journey. How do you comfort your ten year old when they’re sobbing for a mom they never knew? How do you answer questions like “would she still be … Continue reading No One Prepared Me For This
Several years ago, I decided to do Lent a bit differently. Instead of giving something up like I had done all through my childhood, I was going to purposefully work on something specific for 40 days. For instance, one year I worked on 40 Days of Decreasing Mom Guilt and I spent time each day … Continue reading 40 Days of Affirmations for Foster and Adoptive Parents
When we opened our home again for foster care, our intent was foster only. It was a very different feeling from our original opening when our hearts were set on adoption. Although we both agreed we were not closed to another adoption, it was not our goal. Since the arrival of our precious baby girl … Continue reading The Dreaded Question
It’s hard to believe we have officially entered 2019. Another year has passed in the blink of an eye and I find myself, yet again, sitting on New Year’s day amazed at the year behind me. We start 2019 with a new member in our family and a heart ready to love for as long … Continue reading Every Good and Perfect Gift
If God’s grace is enough, why don’t we embrace it? In the last two days, I’ve spent much time speaking to other mothers, listening to them walk down guilt trip alley. I related as I have taken many strolls down the same path. They expressed a feeling of guilt for not spending enough time with … Continue reading If His Grace is Enough, Why Don't We Embrace It?
I sit here fighting tears as I attempt to write “the letter”. I’ve written this letter before, in different circumstances, and it never gets easier. Somehow I’m supposed to fit everything about the last seven months into this letter to deliver to the next mommy and daddy. I pray I’ve captured everything I wanted, needed, … Continue reading The Letter
It’s been a while. Unfortunately, life has taken over and I simply haven’t had the chance to get a good post out. What better day than Thanksgiving, though, to take a moment to write. I’m thankful for the gift of writing. The opportunity to reach others through my words, bringing peace, comfort, humor or whatever … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving
I’m going to take this opportunity to be very vulnerable and transparent. I am on the struggle bus with my parenting. I’m in a place of feeling unsuccessful daily, questioning my parenting often, and worrying incessantly. I’m on the struggle bus. I’ve never raised children these ages before and it’s far different from infants. Oh how … Continue reading Are You on the Struggle Bus?
Dear Momma, I see you looking at your to do list, wondering where the hours of your day went. I see you swaying your infant as you try to knock out the dishes and put laundry away. I see you wondering how to fit it all in. I’m wondering, too. The older children are back … Continue reading You Don’t Have to Do It All