One HUGE Parenting Win

Can we just have a moment of complete honesty? Being a stepmom is hard. Like really hard. It’s as if I’ve gone zero-to-elementary-school in milliseconds. But from all that I’ve heard, it’s [...]


Being Present and other Life Lessons From Crickets

[Note: This post is from a monthly parenting column I wrote in 2007 for my kids’ elementary school newsletter. I discovered it recently while cleaning out end-of-school clutter. (Yes, apparently [...]


Monthly Series for Parents of High School Seniors: July

Note: each month we're giving parents of seniors a spiritually encouraging "checklist" to capture the best moments from senior year. Sign up to automatically get a full year's worth of [...]


Why I started bringing my kids "into the mess" with me

While there are times of great joy and celebration when you decide to join Christ in reaching out to the world, you’ll also find hurt people who are going through really tough times. Sure there [...]


Initiative is a Myth

Initiative is a myth, and I can prove it. Think back to your childhood. Did you do basic household chores without being asked? I’m sure you did because everyone knows today’s moms are perfect in [...]


5 ideas for adding more wonder to your Easter

  We know Easter isn't about the bunnies, eggs, pastels, and chocolate. (Well, maybe its' a little bit about the chocolate...We see you sneaking some out of your kid's basket, along with [...]


Here we go again

Well, it’s happening again. Almost two years ago my family moved from Colorado to Berlin, Germany when my husband accepted a teaching position at a German-American school. At the time I remember [...]


How I've embraced my calling at every age

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12 Age doesn’t always [...]


What does Netflix have to do with Quiet Time?

I never thought I would be one of THOSE parents. The ones who hand their kids tech to keep them quiet. I mean, do some parenting, people! Raise your children! Teach them to behave appropriately. [...]


Raise a Follower Not a Leader

I hope to raise my children to be followers. Our world has plenty of leaders but not nearly enough followers. Leadership is overrated. All too often accompanied by inflated ego and entitlement, [...]


Three tips for mentoring teens

One of the hardest parts about growing up in a Christian home is dealing with doubt. My doubts about faith came early in my teens, and I can recall feeling like there must be something wrong with [...]


The terrifying truth about the gift of grace

“But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” Ephesians 4:7 I want a lot for my kids. I want them to be happy and successful. I want them to follow their [...]