Motherhood Category

Will I Miss It?

For whatever reason, my husband and I decided it’d be a good idea to bring our toddlers to a professional basketball game. He works in the sports industry and I grew up with basketball in my blood. So what the heck? It’d be fun. Once we got our tickets, we found our seats and let […]

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What “Because I Said So” Really Means

The first time I laid eyes on my daughter, she looked like a pea pod. She had only existed for 6 weeks inside my womb, and yet there she was, dangling from my uterine wall by her head. A vegetable-shaped person with a swooshing heartbeat. Since then, she has grown. Morphed, really. I mean now, […]

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How To Take a Leap of Faith

“Can I jump into your arms, Mom?” my daughter asks. She stands, knees bent, ready to spring from the cushions of the sofa. She asks it like it’s a good thing. Like it’s fun for her. I open my arms, ready to catch her mid-flight, and the small girl leaps into my embrace. So far—thank […]

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Why You Need to Press the Pause Button on Your Life

“Mom!” My two-year-old sprints into my bedroom, hair flying, eyes wide. “Mom!” “What’s the matter??” A couple clean clothes rest in neat piles on the bed. The others tumble from the hamper, like they’re tripping over themselves to hear what Marie will say next. “The music started and you weren’t there! I paused my show […]

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My Mini-Me

It’s been exactly one year since I first saw my face on someone else. Witnessed the curve of my smile on another person’s lips. From the beginning, I could easily spot her and claim her as my own. And throughout the 365 days that have passed, the similarities have only grown stronger. The girl with […]

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Discipline Like Christ

Since my previous post, The Power of Forgiveness, something radical happened: I looked into the spiritual mirror and discovered I looked nothing like Jesus. Particularly in the way I was disciplining my children. Too many endless days had seeped into too many sleepless nights. Without even realizing it, I had reached my boiling point. And […]

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The Power of Forgiveness

Motherhood has a strange way of creating monsters. Sometimes out of my children. Mostly out of me. It burns the wick of impatience until self-combustion occurs, taking with it the casualties of the young and innocent. Later in the evening, I’ll confide in my husband, retelling all the terrible ways I failed as a mother. […]

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Walking The Straight and Narrow

What happens when people follow Christ on the narrow path?

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Treat People For What They’re Worth

My two-year-old tends to look a lot like me sometimes—not necessarily with her blue eyes or blond locks that curl around her shoulders. Her resemblance doesn’t reside in the curve of her nose or the shape of her face. Even her smile is her father’s. No, in pictures, you might not think we look exactly […]

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Dear Future Mothers

Dear Future Mothers, Years ago, before I knew the pains of labor or the curve of my daughter’s nose, I thought I knew what motherhood was. Motherhood was a life of constant giggles, squeals, snuggles, and cuddles. It was a vocation where tiny toddlers looked up at you with adoring eyes, absorbing everything because they […]

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