My struggle with perfectionism began in my late teen years. I am a type-A personality and long for excellence in everything I do. And yet, I found myself in high school being on the B-string for sports and making above average (but not perfect) grades. High...

I pledged myself to my husband just shy of thirteen years ago. It’s been a whirlwind of deployments, moves, pregnancy, babies, loss, grief, and joy. And still, he reaches for my cracked fingers (washing dishes eight billion times a day will do that to you),...

We as humans aspire to a lot of things -  to make a difference in the world, to experience success or gain fortune, to be productive and fruitful in our spheres of work and daily living. Our aspirations (or the synonym "ambitions") can be positive...

Happy almost Valentine's Day, everybody! Did you just say, "ugh"? I definitely heard a silent ugh. Or was that in my own head? :) Don't get me wrong, I'm undeniably romantic. But Valentine's Day rolls around each year and feels a little forced and fabricated; all flashy...

Dear Ba-Bees (Translation = What my son calls his pacifiers), Today we said goodbye to you all. I was told that some really amazing parents out there have tied you all to helium balloons and watched you fly up into the sky in a seemingly majestic...

I’m a fixer. And an empath. Those two are a tough combination when dealing with all the hurt and sin and hard in a crowded world. Because there is a whole lot you can’t fix. In January, I was able to sneak away with two dear,...

Hi Ladies! It’s been an unbelievably balmy February and I’m reveling in the warm mornings, the glorious sunshine, and the excuse to wear my husband’s basketball shorts because I’m 37 weeks pregnant and about to pop. When I can ignore the overwhelming urge to scrub the...

It's a fact: Smartphones have changed life as we know it. With the world at our fingertips, we can access email, do online banking, utilize maps, search engines, and social media at any moment of the day. For the large majority of us, our smartphones never...

As a teenager, I remember when my father would read a short devotional to me and my brother in the morning before we left for school. He wisely sought to lead our family spiritually and fill our minds and hearts with God's Word before we...

Recently my two and a half year old son has really gotten into read-aloud time. Whenever we are at home, he runs to the bookshelf, grabs a book and chooses a member of the family to read to him. Given that there are five people...