Being Grateful For Simple Things

There are few things I love more than a fresh, warm breeze blowing through an open window. No matter what life throws at us, there will always be days when we can open a window and enjoy a warm breeze.

Why has our society become so angry, offended, and seemingly bitter? The answer is complicated, I’m sure, but one thing I’ve noticed is that we have forgotten to be grateful. By definition, grateful means being appreciative or thankful. Sure, we set aside a few holidays to talk about being thankful, but our day-to-day lives have … [Read more…]

Toddlers and Teens–TNT

Parenting both toddlers and teens simultaneously sure is taxing. But it's not all bad!

Parenting toddlers really teaches you patience. And if you still have some to learn, you get to go round two when they’re teens. We have only toddlers and teens in the house right now and it sure is taxing. I will be the most patient person on the planet after this. Or I’ll be insane. … [Read more…]

Finding Peace in the Chaos

Feeling overwhelmed with the chaos of parenting? Find tips and encouragement for the days ahead!

So Much Chaos The baby woke me up at least four times last night; I stopped counting. The two-year-old woke up an hour and a half earlier than normal. One teen overslept and was late for school, while another said he’s taking a day off because he needs to sleep. The potty training girl woke … [Read more…]

Four Things You Forgot About Life With Toddlers

Parenting toddlers is crazy! But if you look closely, you can find more good than bad.

Attention anyone who hasn’t had a toddler in the house for ten years or more: you forgot. There are many, many things that you forgot. You’ve forgotten all the craziness and just remember the happy times. And in this case, it’s a good thing to forget. It’s how we can look at little ones and … [Read more…]

What’s Missing In Foster Care

Have you ever thought about what it looks like when a new child enters a foster home? I hadn’t either, until I was the mom of that foster home.

A sweet couple announces they are having a baby. Yay! Celebrations abound. First there’s the gender reveal party, then the baby showers. Ultrasound pictures are shared. The couple spends several months decorating the nursery and preparing for their little one. The big day arrives with much anticipation, and soon a meal train is set up … [Read more…]