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…]

Let’s talk about #MomFail

I’ve done it to every single one of my four kids: I whacked their tiny newborn heads against the doorframe as carried them through the house in a sleep-deprived stupor. Immediately awake, I was horrified and distraught as my baby wailed. “Oh! I’m sorry, baby, I’m sorry!” They soon recovered but I felt the first … [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…]

20,000 Words

So, I’ve been working really hard on my BOOK(!) Unexpected: Learning to love your unpredictable story and yesterday, as we were on Day 2 of the-incredibly-long-drive-from-Texas-Florida, I worked for several hours on formatting all my single document articles into one large document. I was really excited to do this for a few reasons: First, a … [Read more…]

The end of the homeschool experiment

So, it’s June and we are technically still plowing through the ol’ math book (“Mom, we only have 17 pages left!”) but we are pretty much done with school for the semester. We survived the 4th grade homeschool experiment. Thank. God. So, how did it go, you ask? Hahaha! Well, the words “survived” and “Thank. … [Read more…]