Do you know that you are beautiful? You are. You were knitted together with His Divine Power.  You were made on purpose, for a purpose. Each thread within you, is woven perfectly together to create a miraculous masterpiece that is You. Yes, YOU. All of who you are… Even the hard parts, the soft parts, the broken parts, the weak parts~ Every talent, every gift, every unique trait~ God designed especially… For you.   Do you know that? Every piece and part of who you are. Is beautiful. Your smile is like no other. ...

  This time of year, I’m always thinking about the teachers… With Cade in grade school, and Cass in middle school, I am submerged in all their academics and activities, as each day I am handed paperwork for upcoming events and end of the year state testing- among other things. I’m so grateful that my kids are pretty wonderful students, both behaviorally and academically- I know how hard it can be for both the parents and the teachers with those students who struggle. I have always been a big fan of teachers. Many moments in...

Motherhood… it can knock us to our knees or lift us to the mountain tops.  It’s quite a journey, full of twists and turns that sometimes leave us spiraling into an emotional, and unexpected meltdown. Moms. Kids. We all have them. I’ve been brought to tears by my kids almost as much as I bring them to tears.  It happens. We do the best that we can, right? You may recall last year I was included in an anthology called The Mother of All Meltdowns.  If you haven’t bought the book, you simply must!  With Mother’s...

    If you are in need of a book that will take you away from your reality and pull you into a fascinating story that keeps you turning pages and gasping in shock or exhaling in relief, while you experience the unending twists and turns of a complicated mystery… I’ve got a book for you.     In her newly published book, Order of Seven, Beth Teliho will lead you on a relentless adventure, delving into the characters of two adopted, now college age kids who were born with powerful gifts they long to understand. You...

I always feel a stirring in my heart during Holy week. The weight of a heavy shadow hovers over me, as I reflect on the torturing assault Christ endured on that fateful day.  I find myself submerged in the account of Christ’s agonizing approach to the cross… Good Friday is here. Luke 23:33-43 ESV And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots...

I have had the pleasure and privilege of writing guest posts on various blogs of writers I have connected with over the years. I have also been offered the gift of contributing to Mothering From Scratch for a year, and I continue to contribute to 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting monthly.  Just this year, I have had the incredible opportunity to expand my reach with my writing on some pretty big sites. It has been an exciting and exhilarating experience to publish my writing on such massive platforms like For Every Mom, and Huffington Post....

I’ve realized something quite profound recently. It started with a project my daughter had to do for her language arts class. She was to write a timeline of all her pivotal moments in her short little history, and explain the impact those moments had on her. I thought this would be an interesting pursuit and I was eagerly waiting to see the finished product and learn of what she believed defined her very existence. When she was done, she proudly brought the large paper over to me, decorated beautifully and full of graphics and artistry...

The day I failed as a mother…                 I had an enough. I was tired and those ever-present vapors of frustration radiated from my skin… I launched the attack. “You better get your act together!… Don’t you dare disrespect me or your father! … You need to be more responsible! …You need to stop whining!… Why can’t you… You really messed up!” And the swords cut, and the battle was one sided, with a fierce blow to my child’s spirit. He sat silent in the back seat,...

*I am joining in the #1000Speak campaign, with our movement focused on “Building from Bullying”.  I thought this was the perfect topic and resource to provide in this mission, as hundreds of bloggers unite once again to make a difference.*  *************** Times have changed. The world has stretched far beyond our back yards and playgrounds where a bully might linger with harsh words and cruel attacks. Now there are countless examples of how people have been impacted by such haters, Online.  It scares me. I can protect...

I could list countless women, who have had an impact on me.  As I thought about the many incredible women who have made a difference in my life, I realized they all have the same traits that not only attract me to them, but inspire me to be a better person. These characteristics are what compel me to do better, try harder, love deeper, stretch wider, endure longer, reach higher, and see clearer. There are women I have had the honor to know, to love, and to share this life with… and I reach out my arms to hug you, to thank you, and to...

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