How to clear your mental clutter

There are times when I am mentally overloaded: I have so much on my mind that I canโ€™t seem to focus on whatโ€™s right in front of me. Itโ€™s at these times that I have the attention span of a gnat, and the most innocent and reasonable request from one of my children threatens to […]

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How to grow closer to God in the midst of motherhood

Before I became a mother, if someone would have told me that having a baby changes the way you relate to God, I would have scoffed. Iโ€™ve always been a creature of habit, and I still envisioned that my quiet time would stay unchanged after my baby was born. I could not foresee the sleepless […]

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How to live a meaningful life with purpose

One of my favorite sounds of summer is my husband playing his guitar. He’s so busy as a professor during the school year that it’s rare he has the time to pick it up! But when we spend our summers in Michigan, he makes up for lost time. The other day, we were both out […]

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How to overcome fear in motherhood

Many years ago, I had a summer job as a night nanny for newborn triplets. The parents hired me to help with night feedings so one of them could sleep! Two girls and a boy… these were this couple’s only children. I remember one morning, in the moments just as the sun was beginning to […]

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How to be a “Yes” Mom

It had been a long day. I was still unpacking from a family trip, catching up on laundry and groceries, and doing all the things. I sat down on the couch after dinner, content to let my two boys watch an NBA playoff game with my husband. I had just draped my favorite blanket over […]

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How a Lost Stuffed Animal Taught Me to Love Well

We shuffled forward, inch by inch, until we were at the front of the line. A short man in a black suit jacket called us to his register. While the boys played under and around the counter, the man issued us our hotel keys. I took in my surroundings, marveling at the ornate lobby in […]

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How to Boost the Value of a Gift

Over sixteen years ago, one of my husband’s buddies gave us a wedding gift. It was a cream colored quilted blanket with a fringe, the kind you drape over your couch and grab to keep your toes warm on a winter night. I was impressed by the gift, but he laughed and said his mom […]

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