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...

Do you know that every time I share a picture or a post about my children, I think of you? Every time. Do you know that every time I talk about my parenting, my days filled with all the frustrations and joys of raising my kids, I think of you? I do. And a piece of my mama heart breaks each time. I may never truly understand your pain, but I picture your face, your tears, your deep and heavy sighs, and your ongoing breath of sadness for the child you don’t have in your arms, and in your life. I imagine the ongoing tests and trials you...

    I named my blog The Mom Café for a reason. I pictured you and I meeting at some coffee shop for some java and catch up time, because that’s what friends do. I thought this would be the place we would share our deepest pains and our greatest victories, like old and new friends can, over a hot beverage, in the safety of comfort and trust. Every time I write a post, I picture just that. Us sitting at a corner table, with a scone or a muffin, a latte or a tea, and each other. It’s personal. It’s always personal.       So,...

  Do you have a tween or teen living in your home? If not, maybe you are parenting little ones who will soon become one… I am sharing an incredible resource with you that will be an enormous help in caring for, guiding, and ultimately raising your child through the long and winding journey into adulthood. My two dear friends, Lori Wildenberg and Becky Danielson, have written two books that encompass the enormity of all this entails, as they share their Godly wisdom and experience to help us all through the course of parenting our...

  I am utterly human. Full of flaws and weaknesses. I’m anxious, impatient, fidgety, and uncontrollably quirky.  If you met me in person, you would probably be engulfed by a full body hug, and feel that awkward invasion of boundaries I dare to cross over time and time again. I would want to please you, make you feel loved and comfortable in the moment of meeting. I would smile and look into your eyes and find a beautiful soul I so passionately want to understand and validate. I have a heart for people. That’s my thing. I...

I am feeling compelled to write this post, because I have been witness to these things over and over again… and it breaks my heart.  And I believe it breaks God’s too.  May you read these words with an open heart, willing to grow and make whatever changes you deem necessary for your life, your behavior, your choices, your voice- for the sake of His Call.  I am merely sharing my opinion, through my own experience.  Please know, I completely support the fellowship of faithful followers to come together to pray...

This piece was written by a beloved friend, and I am honored to share her voice with you today.  I believe at some point, we are all moms struggling with motherhood.  Aren’t we?  Some women walk down incredibly challenging paths, and this post speaks to the experience of one such mom.  Perhaps we all could use this reminder. Lets all take it in, and pour it out on those precious people who need it… shall we? ***************************************************** I’m one of “those” moms. You know the one;...

It had been a very long week. After struggling through a family crisis, dealing with the holiday shenanigans and ultimately caring for my sick daughter who contracted a virus that catapulted her asthma to dangerous heights, I was depleted and done. We had been trapped in this sickness for days, and I hadn’t been able to get out to the grocery to pick up some medicine that I foolishly believe can help quiet her flare. I needed to go. My daughter begged me not to leave her alone, but I convinced her it would be a quick trip and that she...

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