People-Pleasing & Panic Attacks

I distinctly remember my first panic attack. It was the summer after my senior year of high school. I was back at the summer camp I had gone to all through high school except now I was a counselor. At staff training, we had the option of getting certified to be a life guard for… Continue reading People-Pleasing & Panic Attacks

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When our (Minecraft) world falls apart

While Friday nights aren’t nearly as exciting as they were before kids, I still look forward to them.  Every Friday night, we make hot dogs and macaroni for dinner, put our pajamas on early, and have a movie night with ice cream. I love these nights because everyone can finally relax after a long week.… Continue reading When our (Minecraft) world falls apart

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The Art of Celebration: Theology of a Birthday Party

My son turned four in January, and I have to say, I love my kids’ birthdays. I get so sentimental every time one comes around. I look back at pictures from the day they were born. I watch videos from their slobbering toddler years. I laugh with tears in my eyes at their preschool antics.… Continue reading The Art of Celebration: Theology of a Birthday Party

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Slow and steady in 2018

I love New Year’s. While I am not much of a planner in general, I love getting everything squared away for a new year. The Christmas decorations have (sadly) been put away, the house freshly cleaned, closets and toys recently purged. My brain space feels sufficiently cleared to consider my goals, my plans, my dreams… Continue reading Slow and steady in 2018

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Tucked In: Present Storms & a Future Hope

It had been a long day. The dog days of summer had arrived and the heaviness of the heat seemed to stifle even in the house where the air was conditioned. We had finally adjusted to being together all day every day, me and the kiddos, but I still fell into bed exhausted each night… Continue reading Tucked In: Present Storms & a Future Hope

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Tiny teenagers and finding peace in the chaos

I had forgotten how three-year-olds make me question everything in life. It’s been three years since my oldest was three, and I can’t believe I forgot how tough the age of three was. Between the tantrums and the potty-training and the attitude and the tantrums and…did I say tantrums?… I struggle to keep up with… Continue reading Tiny teenagers and finding peace in the chaos