Lean In

Tears stream down my face, soaking my shirt, as I make the thirty minute commute to work. As I attempt to reign in my emotions, my mind replays the struggles of the morning. The memory of Vivienne’s little arms clinging to my waist as she begged me not to leave – it haunts me. My concerns associated with Jonah as he struggles to obey classroom rules – it fills me…

Six Things I’m Praying Over My Kids This School Year

Today our children here in Clarksville will begin another school year. It’s hard to believe that summer is officially over and we will soon begin the routines of school and homework and football games and after school activities. Rushed meal times and exhaustion will be the rulers of the day. I love the schedule and order that school brings but the chaos and rush I could do without. All three…

What I’m Loving, Edition July 2017

Well, friends, today is my first day back at work after a 7 year hiatus. I’m a little nervous for a variety of reasons: having to meet new people, wondering how my schedule is going to work with the kids’ schedules, etc… So if you think about me today (or anytime over the next couple weeks), please say a little prayer. I know this is God’s plan for our family…

Are You A Prepared Parent?

Summer is almost over; can you believe it? We have tried to have a little fun in the midst of moving and getting settled but lately it has been unseasonably hot here in Tennessee so we’ve been sort of cooped up in the house. Last Friday Peter had two major tests online and we needed to get out of the house so he could concentrate in peace and quiet. Because…

How I Survived My Son’s First Soccer Practice

I wrote this article a few months ago after Jonah began playing soccer. I didn’t publish it at the time, but as school is right around the corner, I am hoping to remind us all to love our children (and the children God puts in our paths) for who they are.   The fears were evident in my short, snippy instructions as we got out of the car. In the way I…

“Mom, Your Cheeks are Bouncy” (and other encouraging words)

Being a mom is exhausting. Especially in the summer when all my little people are home. All the time. I’ve been trying to corral the kids as much as possible because Peter has just started Physical Therapy school. (Maybe I’ve mentioned this once or a million times.) His school is mostly online. So he’s here. In our house. All the time. Studying and taking classes. It’s super fun… but I…

Freedom Isn’t Free

The air was warm and still around us as we sat on blankets, watching our children play among the crowd gathered at the river. As we awaited the fireworks display, I glanced at the friends surrounding me, realizing that many of their husbands were deployed again on this fourth of July holiday. This day of celebration was bittersweet for me. Pride filled my heart at the thought of Peter serving…

What I’m Loving, Edition June 2017

The summer is halfway over, y’all. I officially start back to work full-time as a speech pathologist on July 31st, and although I’m excited about working with my students, I’m also a little sad to no longer be a stay-at-home mom. To make me feel a little better, here are a few things I’m loving this month. The Crown on Netflix: Has anyone else watched this series? It had been…

Finding Rest in Jesus

I’m writing this in the quiet of a hotel room. Peter is attending orientation for Physical Therapy school which begins next week, and at the last minute, I decided to tag along, declaring a mini-vacation of sorts for us. We dropped the kids off in Louisiana with my parents and are enjoying some time together here in Knoxville. Unlike my home, which is usually bustling with activity from sunup until…

Aging Shouldn’t Be Complicated

Have you ever noticed how, in many Disney princess movies, the thing that the evil queen fears the most is getting older? And the thing she hates the most is the  young and beautiful? I was recently watching Tangled. (Well, actually I was listening to it while the kids watched it on a too-long car ride.) (I know, this is pathetic.) Anyway, I was watching Tangled when the realization of Disney’s…