What to do about Halloween

"It's October!" My kiddo squealed this morning. "I'm so excited about Halloween!" And here we go again... Halloween.  Nothing holds greater power to make good friends bitter enemies than Halloween. It's a clear-cut issue.  Halloween is the funnest day of the year... totally evil... dress-up fun... of the devil... time to be silly... time to [...]

Diapers, Poop, and our need for Confession

My kid loves a clean, dry diaper. He is miserable in a wet one. He is utterly undone by a poopy one. But clean him up and peace fills his world again. I know what that feels like. The discomfort of my own soil. Every day I have things that require cleansing. Selfish thoughts. Hurtful [...]

Remembering I’m hungry

I walked into the room and everything changed. Instantly gone were the coos and sweet smiles. Suddenly, our baby was crying. Desperately. In my absence, he had been fine. Happy. Distracted. He had been entertained by other things. By people who love and cherish him. But when he saw me, he remembered. He remembered his hunger. [...]

When God Doesn’t Give Me What I Want

I handed him his breakfast but something was wrong. His usual cheery "Thank you Mummy!" didn't happen.  In its place: an epic meltdown. "But I waaa-aaaant them in a rouuuund bluuuuuue boooohhh-bowl!" He crumpled to the floor and sobbed into his arms. Thus began an hour-long wrestle with my gorgeous child. We have a round [...]

Making Room For Love

I don't know when Mum started the tradition, but for as long as I can remember our Christmas tree stayed up for my sister and my early January birthdays. And as far as I'm concerned, there is no good reason to take the tree down sooner. No reason at all. Absolutely none. Hear me. I need the tree [...]

To Be Close To Him

Nothing got done today. Dishes fill the sink and the counter. Bills and medical insurance claims sit untouched. There is no dinner simmering. No cleaning being done. No laundry being washed. No projects getting worked on. I simply haven't had time or energy. Or hands. Our baby likes to be held.  All the time.  All. The. Time.  Day [...]

10 Gifts To Bring Hope

Christmas is such a wonderful time of year.  But for struggling families, Christmas can be a huge stress. I was recently asked what kind of gifts helped us during seasons of need so I thought I'd share giving ideas for families in need. We have personally experienced all of these gifts first hand and each made a huge [...]

Empowered: What’s In It For Me?

Jesus invited the disciples to go for a boat ride that turned into a desperate fight to survive a powerful storm and, in the midst of it all, the guys had a life-changing encounter with the God of the universe. This past Sunday I had the honor of digging into Luke 8:22-25 with our church [...]