from the trenches · looking ahead

Someday You’ll Have A Wal-Mart Bathroom Moment

She confidently walked into the Wal-Mart bathroom stall and the door banged shut.  That’s when I realized.  Realized what? Where am I going with this? No, it wasn’t the lady who stole the fifty dollar bill out of my hands. (That’s another story for another day.)  It was my daughter. And I realized today in the Wal-Mart… Continue reading Someday You’ll Have A Wal-Mart Bathroom Moment

casting aside fear · fighting overwhelm · from the trenches · my misadventures

My Secret Speedy Bedtime Plan for Kids

“No one wins when we go through life trying to prove we can handle it all.” I recently read this quote and figured it sums things up well. I tend to write a lot here focusing on areas I’m working to improve, perhaps at the risk of sounding overly idealistic at times. The fact of… Continue reading My Secret Speedy Bedtime Plan for Kids

a contented heart · becoming a mom · cultivating gratitude · from the trenches · I am blessed

My Postpartum Thankful List

​Warning: This post includes graphic details of postpartum life! Read at your own risk! 🙂 Today I’m sharing my postpartum thankful list as a tribute to mothers around the globe who do not have some or perhaps most of these blessings. As I feed and rock my beautiful, healthy infant son, I’m more aware than… Continue reading My Postpartum Thankful List

becoming a mom · casting aside fear · cultivating gratitude · fighting overwhelm · from the trenches

Dealing With First Trimester Apathy and Anxiety

So I am officially PG and Baby #3 is on his/her way! 🙂 Hence the silence here on the blog. I’ve been too uninspired to even think of writing something that could be remotely considered post-worthy. Eventually though I did begin searching through the pregnancy advice links I’d saved, particularly those in the spiritual and… Continue reading Dealing With First Trimester Apathy and Anxiety

finding my way · finding peace · from the trenches · motherhood mission

What To Do When Your Day (Or Life) Doesn’t Seem Successful

I was having one of those days that I and my mom friends call “not very prosperous”. Really I would’ve used a stronger term than that to describe it. I was so, so uninspired and wasting time with tiny distractions: googling this, reading that, thinking about this work I needed to do and cleaning up… Continue reading What To Do When Your Day (Or Life) Doesn’t Seem Successful

fighting overwhelm · finding my way · finding peace · from the trenches · looking ahead · no regrets

When You Only Have 365 Days Left to Prepare Your Child For School

In honor of a new school year beginning everywhere and new teachers teaching, parents sending off a child for the first time, and brand-new students anxiously starting off to school, I offer my hearty and heartfelt wishes for a wonderful first day and week. May the year ahead be a truly delightful one. School here… Continue reading When You Only Have 365 Days Left to Prepare Your Child For School

baby steps · from the trenches · my misadventures

One of Those Days (Every Mom Has One Now and Then)

So I’m having a bad day. Well, it’s a bad week really. Anyway, it’s one of those days where I only cook because I agreed to make lunch for our employee, I only do laundry because there’s nothing to wear and I only wash the floor because it got peed on. Otherwise it’s possible I would… Continue reading One of Those Days (Every Mom Has One Now and Then)

cultivating gratitude · fighting overwhelm · finding my way · finding peace · from the trenches · I am blessed · meeting God · recovering perfectionist

Understanding Difficult Days

I love the nap time hour. I love that complete silence. It’s just me, alone with my Creator. I listen. I rest. I feel his love surround me and I know He’s here. We talk about the past few days, Him and I. I’ve had some rough days with my two little ones this week.… Continue reading Understanding Difficult Days

cultivating gratitude · fighting overwhelm · from the trenches · my misadventures · recovering perfectionist

How to Survive Shopping Day with Small Children

I recently learned that pink car shopping carts and tired children are not compatible. I also realized anew that writing long, newsy emails while parked in the grocery store parking lot is totally a good thing. What does a typical grocery run look like for your family? For my family it looks a bit like… Continue reading How to Survive Shopping Day with Small Children