Inspire (v) - fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. Watching the Summer Olympics is a truly inspiring activity for families around the world right now. Our usually non-tv watching family has intentionally plugged in for...

A few weeks ago, in the middle of our family trip to the lake, I accidentally sent my phone swimming. You would think I dropped it in the lake, right? Nope, I sent my phone swimming in my beach bag, after failing to properly close...

These are hard times. We have major trials in our country and around the world. And each of us personally have trials in our hearts and families. I think of how Jesus said do not be troubled.    "Do not let your heart be troubled (afraid, cowardly). Believe [confidently]...

We live in ever shifting times in the world and as of late, I’ve been seeing a lot of “gloom and doom” posts. Although I understand how things can appear to be getting worse around us, I like to step back and look at things...

"Perhaps it is impossible for a person who does no good not to do harm." - Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin This year I read a book that had a stronger emotional and spiritual impact on me than virtually any other book I have read...

I will not teach my children to live in fear. My daughter broke her arm in November, falling from a playground structure. Frankly I'm surprised it's taken this long. I land somewhere in the middle between helicopter mom and total free range mama, mostly veering towards...

As J.D. Salinger aptly wrote, "All mothers are slightly insane." Are we, really?! I have to admit that there is some real truth to that statement, probably because this other statement is true:               Eight years ago, I decided to let my heart go walking around outside my...

Cultivate:  To foster the growth of. To prepare the land. To further, to encourage. I spoke to you of counting joy, but how on earth do I cultivate joy in the heart of my children? The answer, at least for this tired momma, may surprise you. I cultivate...

My home "studio" Incrementalism: A totally made up word that means introducing new habits in tiny increments to increase the likelihood of effecting permanent change. Sounds like a pretty good idea, right? I made “incrementalism” up a few weeks ago as I was trying to explain my...

You know motherhood can be a lot of curveballs at times… I heard a speaker once say “You can wake up Mary Poppins and go to bed acting like Cruella De Vil”. I mean. I’ve never done that. I’m just saying it could happen… ;) I...