Before I had kids and well into parenting my first, I thought I was going to be the best mom ever. I was going to read all the books, make all the right decisions, and parent the heck out of my kid. He’d grow up to be a kind, intelligent, successful man—and it would be…Continue Reading “I Want To Be The Mom Who Shows Up”
My new normal is 15 pounds heavier. I’m not writing this because I’ve embraced that. I’m writing this because I think it’s time to. Because here’s the thing: I’m the only one who seems to be bothered by the number on the scale. My husband doesn’t seem to mind. Quite the opposite, actually. Even after all…Continue Reading “My New Normal Is 15 Pounds Heavier”
I was there the first time you belly laughed. You found something uproariously funny and as that laugh bubbled up and sheer happiness burst from your chubby baby face, your mom’s face lit up. She hung up the phone and gave her full attention to you. She was making an appointment for you and had…Continue Reading “Dear Teen, Your Mother Delights In You”
My mother in law died 6 years ago when my children were only 7 and 3. My son has limited memories of his grandmother and my daughters have no memory of her at all. This used to make me feel so unbelievably sad. Not only because I know what it was like to grow up…Continue Reading “My Kids Didn’t Know Their Grandmother, But She Knew Them”
Hey moms of middle school boys, can we talk mom to mom? I need you to check in with your son to see how they are treating their classmates. You see, I’m the mom of the kid that gets picked on. He comes home from school and regularly tells me about getting picked on-kids shout…Continue Reading “Moms of Middle School Boys, I’m Counting On You”
I’m a total extrovert! I love spending time with my friends and family, but I’m not a natural hostess. I love the idea of having people over, but honestly, a lot of times I feel like I’m doing a crappy job. I can’t get out of my head. I have this constant stream of worries…Continue Reading “I Don’t Have The Gift of Hospitality, But You Can Come Over Anyway”
What does this look like to you?
You’re probably saying, “Um, it looks like a crappily made bed, Anne, duh!” And you would be right. It’s a crappily made bed – thanks to my husband. But this messy bed turned out to be so much more.
Today I plunged the toilet instead of praying. I mean, I wanted to pray. I was going to make some coffee, sink into my happy chair, wrap up in my favorite throw, and spend some much needed quiet time with Jesus before my kids got up for school. That was the plan. But as I…Continue Reading “What Plunging a Toilet Taught Me About Prayer”
When I had my first child, my son, I was his everything. I was home full time with him and my life revolved around his every need. I fed him when he was hungry. I rocked him to sleep when he was tired. When he cried I comforted him. When he laughed I giggled right…Continue Reading “When There’s Not Enough Mom To Go Around and Why That’s a Good Thing”
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