Hey friends!  While I am away in B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. Czech Republic, I am honored to welcome Kristi to my Devotional Diary Series of sharing faith.  I have always been curious about her religion, and I’m so glad she responded so positively to my request to share her faith right here at The Mom Cafe!  Lets all learn and embrace all that Kristi has to share about what she calls her joy, her comfort and her peace.  And remember,  if you have the desire to share about your own faith journey, please comment or email me or message...

“You have a very sick little girl here. When should I take her to the hospital?” We had landed in Texas for my sister’s wedding. After finding our hotel and settling into our room, we made the call to my Mother In Law to check in on my baby. Days leading up to this, I had been in that desperate state of decision. My precious daughter was sick, and I was leaving her to be in my sister’s wedding. This weekend was about my sister’s celebration. Her big day. It was about all of her family leaving their lives to be in hers. It’s...

Life is too short to NOT find gratitude in your every day… I’m so thankful that each day I pray with my kids and fill our hearts with gratitude for all that is good and worthy of praise in our lives. Life is too short to NOT be intentional about our choices in who we interact with and where we spend our time and what we decide to do with it. I am so thankful that I constantly discern every choice I make throughout my days, investing in pursuits and people that are valuable and worthy of my time and my heart. Life is too short to NOT...

Remember how I said I was funny?  I know I don’t show my funny side much here in this blog, and I explained it a while ago…  HERE.  Well, I was offered the opportunity to BE FUNNY!!  Actually, I like to think of it as sharing my expertise on how to communicate with your man.  Oh friends, do I have some good insights for you!  Everyone will be able to read it in the upcoming  “Clash of the Couples”!  This book is the new anthology of some hilarious writers sharing their own experiences of those ‘moments’...

Our world is entrenched in war, in mass killings and terror that spreads throughout the globe. I wake each day holding my breath as I listen to the headlines, afraid this may be the day that evil spreads to this great land I live in. I exhale an exhaustive relief that I am protected once again to carry out my life untouched by the excruciating and torturous acts that are carried out on the lives of millions far from my safe and comfortable home. There are countless innocent victims who have to endure such suffering of violence and hate,...

This is the season for letting go, as countless mothers are sending their beloved children off to school. Whether it’s kindergarten, grade school, middle school, high school or college… It’s never easy. I have endured and embraced this fine art of letting go… endured the anxious peeling off of my grip on control and embracing the independence of both my kids. It’s profoundly bittersweet, yes? On one hand, we watch them as they step forward into the unknown with all that they are and all they will become. On the...

I tend to write some heavy stuff here in this place of mine. And I usually try to balance my posts with a bit of lightness that gives relief of the usual depth that resonates in my words and my message. I think about how I live my life, laced with long meaningful conversations with loved ones about life’s circumstances that fall hard and heavy- and when I sit at my laptop with prayer for what to write next… The passion to find faith and perspective in the gritty stuff pours out. But? I spend much of my time laughing. Being absolutely...

Women are fiercely passionate people, aren’t we? We connect deeply with other women, and oftentimes develop long lasting friendships that make an enormous impact on our lives. We create bonds that are unbreakable, and fiercely love each other through the unfortunate falls and the tumultuous turns we endure. Our connections with each other are often the very lifelines we create to live more richly and love more fully. Our beloved friends can lift us and carry us through battlegrounds of suffering and trauma, while they can also raise...

I mentioned on Facebook that I have set a goal to start supporting more bloggers who have published books and I intend to share more of the many talented writers and friends through my blog and on all my social media outlets. I couldn’t think of a better way to use my time and invest my money. There are countless bloggers out there that have published their work, and they have launched that gift out into the world. I will be featuring many of them here on my blog, and I hope you too can invest and be inspired by their hard work and...

Dear teacher, Today I relinquish my precious children into your care.  Do you know how important you are to me?  To them?  From this day forward, you are a valuable force in what defines them.  You will encourage or discourage, inspire or disappoint, empower or dishearten, engage or mislead, expect or neglect, fulfill or deplete… These young innocent lives I have placed in your hands.  Your role is significant as it will either propel my kids forward, or pull them back.  Much of their life will revolve around you.  Your character...

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