What makes people strong (when they are going through hell)? A reflection on 2018

I’ve been reflecting lately on the question, “What makes a person strong? What helps people to keep going when they are going through absolute hell?” “Unexpected” should have been my Word for 2018. Ironically, Unexpected is what I called my first book that I wrote and self-published this year. Writing, formatting, publishing, and launching Unexpected … [Read more…]

When you feel overwhelmed by your kids’ overwhelming emotions

I remember talking with a friend at the park on a chilly day. We were commiserating about the daily battle of getting our sons to wear jackets to school. “He couldn’t find his favorite jacket and refused to wear the TWO ALTERNATIVE jackets I offered him! I felt like the worst mom ever because he … [Read more…]

So you think your child needs counseling: Here’s what it really looks like

I am a mom who has been at the end of her rope. Many, many times. Maybe you’ve been there too with your child: You keep having the same struggles, the same arguments. You go round and round and it always ends up in The Bad Place. You read the books and articles. You talk … [Read more…]

A pro-life response to unexpected pregnancy

I smiled sardonically at the questionnaire I was required to fill out at my 8-week appointment and rolled my eyes to myself. Is this a planned pregnancy? I checked NO, probably pressing my pen into the paper a little too hard. I hesitated at the next question, wavering at the truth and the ugliness of … [Read more…]