Making Life Easier…or Harder

Making Life Easier…or Harder

When our first baby reached toddlerhood, my mother-in-law gave some sage advice about parenting: you can either make it easier on yourself or harder on yourself. She was talking about discipline and kids’ behavior, but it’s true for everyday life, too–we can make it easier or harder by how we think about our ordinary, repetitive…

A Day of Grace

A Day of Grace

It was a bitterly cold, cloudy afternoon. It had been a regular homeschool day, complicated by bad news from the plumber’s visit. Kids had scattered to their rooms and all around the house. The lingering effects of a cold virus threatened to overwhelm me with self-pity. I shuffled into the kitchen to heat a cup…

No More Martyr Mom

No More Martyr Mom

You know her. She’s wearing the same dowdy clothes almost every time you see her. She looks exhausted and dragged out. She hasn’t changed her hairstyle or makeup since high school….oh wait, she rarely styles her hair or wears makeup. When you politely ask how she’s doing, she sighs deeply and and says “Oh, I’m…

What Are You Waiting For?

What Are You Waiting For?

From the archives: The story happened a few years ago, but the perspective is still needed…. [break][/break] The shopping trip was going pretty well, considering there were ten of us, including two babies and a toddler.  We had found the perfect dress for thirteen-year-old Gracie, who is in that awkward stage between girls and junior…

Tiny Dresses and Cowboy Pajamas

Tiny Dresses and Cowboy Pajamas

Note: This is an old favorite post, written a couple of years ago. The only facts that have changed since then are that one daughter now has another 9-month-old baby girl and another daughter is expecting her second baby any minute. The message of encouragement and perspective remains the same… [break][/break] The children gathered around…