Dear New Mama Who is Pregnant for the First Time

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Dear new mama who is pregnant for the first time, First, congratulations! What a joy that you are with child! The wonder that fills you as you begin to dream about the baby hidden away in the secret parts of your womb, the baby a size of a pin prick, the baby that will one day fill your arms and heart so full you'll swear you'll burst from it all, this wonder is overwhelmingly Continue Reading

31 Days of Everyday Grace: The Curse of Motherhood {Day 12}

quiet time curse

The baby nursed and promptly fell back into a slumber. I rolled out of bed eager to dress and head downstairs for a hot cup of coffee and my Bible. I miss quiet mornings in the Word of God. I miss meeting with God without the background music of toddler jabber and grunting newborns. I miss the undistracted, unhurried time with my Savior. While my coffee brewed, I gathered my quiet time Continue Reading

31 Days of Everyday Grace: Dear New Mom {Day 8}

dear new mom

Dear New Mom, You just had a baby. You know it's okay to rest, don't you? It's okay to stay in your pj's all day. You don't have to bounce back and get back to the business of living life right.this.instant. There's grace. New mom, you can leave the clean laundry (that someone else did for you) in the baskets in the middle of your bedroom floor all week long if you need to. You don't have to Continue Reading

31 Days of Everyday Grace: Brothers & Family Devotions {Day 2}

everyday grace

Brothers. Sweet, sweet brothers. I'm through the roof excited that we welcomed another little boy to our family. Boys are just sweet on their mamas. Yes they are dirty, rambunctious, and loud, but mamas get a sweetness shared with them that compares with nothing else. Moms of boys, you know what I mean.  This moment captured - I never want to forget it. "Timmy, who made you? God made Continue Reading

31 Days of Everyday Grace: A Bath Interrupted {Day 1}

Clingy Baby

This post is part of 31 Days of Everyday Grace series. You can see all the posts here. My throat ached and my eyes drooped. Sickness set in on our family like a thief in the night. With the lack of sleep and changing seasons, my immune system plummeted and there was no escaping the evil cold complete with sore throat and achy bones. My oldest was enthralled in a movie with Daddy. I looked at Continue Reading

It Is Okay to Struggle Through This Season

Why am I in this season?

Everyone talks about finding the joy in the season of toddlerhood. This is a blessing and I should treat it as such. I feel guilty when I can't see the joy. I feel sad when I am angry at my kids because I am simply overly tired, overwhelmed and over worked. "Extend grace to yourself." Did that. "Get more rest and try to have a positive outlook." I have tried that. "Savor the moments because they Continue Reading

When Bonding with Your Unborn Child is Hard

7 tips for when bonding with your unborn child is hard

This post is part of our Grace for the Pregnant Mom Series. See all the posts here. This round of pregnancy is different for me. The new has worn off and now I'm an old shoe at round two of pregnancy. The delight of the first feelings of movement aren't new to me this time. The joy of feeling hiccups within that do not belong to me are like a forgotten memory drug up from the depths. I don't Continue Reading

Preparing for Baby {My Hospital Bag}

My Final Weeks Before Deliver (Hospital Bag)

A pregnancy update: I am 38 weeks and a few days. I have a giant baby inside of me and I pray throughout each and every day that I would go into labor sooner than later. Yes, I know, "go 40, it's better for the baby!" But really, he is big enough, thank you very much! So since I am waiting (and waiting) I have time to make sure everything is done. You can review my original game plan to see Continue Reading

7 Tips for Traveling with Small Children {It can be done}

Traveling with Toddlers

Mama, Give yourself some grace {Bonus Tip!} We have all been there. Scenario #1: Sitting on a plane and getting our seat kicked by “that kid” that just won’t relax. Trying to sleep and each time we slowly drift off to dreamland, “WAH WAH WAH.” Another “kid” is screaming. Most of us have also been here. Scenario #2: The one who was holding that sweet child. Her ears are popping from the Continue Reading

Our Source Must Always Be the Living Water

pink flower from garden-1

I see the moms posting pictures of perfect Friday nights on the porch with their hubbies. I see the moms posting pictures of girls night out. I see the moms posting pictures of sweet babies asleep in their beds. I see them and think, that's not me. I'm the mom at home exhausted on a Friday night, standing by the stairs training a two year old to stay in bed. I'm the mom still struggling to Continue Reading