Hey Mama Who Occasionally Screams at Her Kids: This One’s For You

I screamed at my kids the other day. I’m embarrassed to admit it, and the inner people-pleaser in me wants nothing more than to delete that first sentence altogether. But for the sake of transparency, I’ll lay out the truth void of neatly tucked edges and flowery language. I’m a minister’s wife and writer whose sole purpose in life is … Read More

The Detrimental Lie Moms Believe

I missed it—the first basket my son ever scored in an actual basketball game. And for weeks I have felt like a failure. It would be one thing if I had missed the game for a good reason. You know, I was absent because I was stranded on the side of the highway, trapped in my crushed vehicle which was … Read More

Wipe Your Own Butt, Kid! Love, Mama Bear

If there were a prime candidate for the least likely woman ever to be a butt wiping, snot sucking, poop inspecting mama bear, not to mention keeper and protector of small children, it would most definitely be ME. I never babysat. Like ever as a teenager. And I can only distinctly remember babysitting a grand total of two times when … Read More

5 Ways Shape Mags Is Developing Children’s Creativity and Problem-Solving Skills

Thank you Shape Mags for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are mine alone.  Kids amaze me because what their tiny minds are capable of is astounding. One of my children in particular is quite the inventor. He can take the most random odds-and-ends from around our house or yard and deconstruct, build, and ultimately wield them into newfangled, … Read More

Finding Power in Our New Normal: Confessions of an ASD Mom

(Thank you April Sawyer Photography for capturing this sweet shot of my boy.) Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)—it’s difficult for me to express exactly what feelings stirred up inside of me the first time I heard these words in reference to MY child. My thoughts were one jumbled mess as I attempted to settle into the fact that we would be … Read More

4 Common Mistakes Parents With Young Children Make

Defeat. Never has the impact of this word struck me as forcefully as it did when I found myself recently staring into the mirror… or maybe it wasn’t exactly a mirror…more like a miniature version of myself… one of my children to be 100% accurate. But it might as well have been a mirror. The words, “Are you kidding me?!” … Read More

What Mom Really Wants for Her Birthday

Thank you to the various shops for the complimentary items.  As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. There comes a time when birthdays just aren’t the same as they once were… and that time is called motherhood. Let’s face it. Nobody else is scouring Pinterest to plan the perfect birthday bash for us. Oh no. We sure … Read More

How to Survive Post-Vacation Blues

There’s no place like home. Maybe you get the warm fuzzies when hearing, reading, or experiencing these five words. Most people do. But right now, that quote isn’t exactly my motto of the day. I am undeniably suffering from the post-mom-vacation hangover. I feel guilt and sadness—guilt because, quite frankly, being home stinks at the moment… literally and figuratively (there … Read More