• When Words Fail Us…

    The power of words is undeniable. Not just the words spoken, but how they are spoken. I got to thinking about the quick and easy “canned” responses given in struggled situations, simply because we are caught off guard don’t know what else to say. Generally spoken with best intent, but serving only to make the person (or situation) feel worse. Calm down.Well, at least……It is what it is.This is just part of ____ (<— insert a choice you’ve made here)Maybe it’s a blessing.You can always try again.It’s just the season of life. Etc.Etc.Etc. And while some (if not all) of these things are true, in the moment they don’t generally…

  • Survival Mode Mom? You’re Up!

    I could have served the gluten free, antibiotic free, no preservatives, all natural dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets and homemade sweet potato fries alongside fresh slices of fruit for lunch. It was, after-all, what Overachiever Mom had meticulously planned. It’s what she, in the most organized fashion had drawn up on the menu board adorning the front of the fridge. The one right next to the organized schedule of fun, exciting and stimulating activities for the day. I could have…but….life… Fourteen minutes in to the morning my older two were at each other’s throats fighting, landing them out into the fresh air and morning sunshine soon after breakfast. That organized schedule…

  • Notice, Pause, Listen & Act

    Confession: I’ve felt a little haunted the last couple of weeks. Not over what I’ve done, but over what I didn’t do. I can argue that I already have a lot on my plate (truth), and that there already isn’t enough time in a day to get it all done for my own family (truth), or that I did nothing because I simply didn’t know what to do (truer words may have never been spoken). And while all these things are true, let me tell you this:–I noticed.–Just because I didn’t know what to do doesn’t mean nothing needed doing. I noticed a man who was possibly in need…but I…