From Survive to Thrive

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. ~Maya Angelou Recently, I came to the realization that I’ve been operating in what I would call “survival mode” for a long time, like three years or maybe more. […]

Parenting Tips from “Mom of the Year”

Mother’s Day is coming up, and it always strikes me when I see cards or gifts that say “Best Mom Ever” or “Mom of the Year” because they’re both superlatives. There can’t be more than one of the best mom ever and the Mom of the Year award can only have one true winner, right? […]

Let’s Talk About Mental Health

Several Sunday mornings in February and March, we’ve heard mission moments about the worsening mental health epidemic in our culture. Kaye Wothe shared that one in three people struggle or will struggle with depression or anxiety, and she invited us to look down the pew for the visual of every third person being affected by […]

Mother Mary

By the time this newsletter is published, I’ll be just finishing the first trimester of pregnancy with our third child. And what a first trimester it has been! Even though pregnancy has never been exactly pleasant, this one has thrown me for a loop to the tune of trying every nausea remedy I could get […]

I’m the Martha

Several weeks ago, we heard the story of Martha and Mary, where Martha invites Jesus to dine in her home and while she’s busy cooking and cleaning, her sister, Mary, sits and listens to Jesus; He tells Martha that Mary is doing the better thing. (Luke 10:38-42). I’m the Martha. I’ve known this since the […]

Follow the Peace

I’ve observed that many people are uncomfortable when they hear Christians use language like “God told me to,” or “God spoke to me” to help explain decisions they’ve made or paths they’ve chosen. I’ve tried to translate this to non-church folks as the same thing as “a gut feeling” or “a mother’s intuition” – you […]

Saying “No.”

This year, I’ve been doing a lot of research and reflection on ways to be my most productive self, both out of necessity as a mom of two young kids with two jobs and a list of projects a mile long, but also in an effort to maintain sanity. In my research, I came across […]

Teaching Happiness

Safe, healthy, happy, loved. That was a mantra I came up with in my first few months as a parent, as I was rocking my first baby boy to sleep late one night. The idea was that it’s a simple reminder of my job as a parent: Keep them safe, teach them to be healthy, […]

Beyond the Mountain Top

Have you heard of a 14er? A 14er is a mountain with peaks exceeding 14,000 feet above sea level. I’m proud to say that, despite many rest stops and snack breaks along the way, I’ve successfully hiked to the top of two 14ers thus far and lived to tell the tale. By no means am […]

Christmas Is…

Last year I outed myself as one of those people who put up the Christmas tree and start listening to holiday tunes the day after Halloween. I’m no longer ashamed of it – this is me. I love Christmas! I love shopping for gifts, sending Christmas cards, decorating, baking tasty treats, planning music for the […]