Thanksgiving and Christmas are quickly approaching. Most people I know either look forward to season or dread it. Guess what? I dread it. However, choosing One Word for the holiday season can change that!Read More
The holidays don’t have to be stressful! Your family can celebrate them with thoughtfulness and intention! This new book from Becky Kiser called Sacred Holidays: Less Chaos, More Jesus is a game changer for me.Read More
To celebrate the cooler temperature and the turning color of leaves, I offer you not another product laced with pumpkin spice but a few but interesting facts about the fruit, yes fruit, that is causing such a stir.Read More
Within a workplace or an organization, regular team meetings are a given. They keep people informed, help them achieve goals and ensure everyone is on the right track. Weekly meetings within a family can do the same.Read More
Many organizations hold yearly employee performance reviews. These evaluations reinforce what their managers expect in the workplace but also provide employers with information to use when making decisions about promotions, pay raises, and layoffs.
This same type of review can be used in families to connect with one another and assess where you are individually and as a family.Read More
Why is making friends so hard sometimes? I went through a season of my life where I felt like I had no friends. I had great relationships growing up, in college, and even in my post-college single days. However, after I transitioned to a stay-at-home mom and moved to the suburbs, I looked around and realized I didn’t know anyone.
I eventually met other moms with whom I could chat on the playground or other settings, but it was always small talk, and I longed for deeper connections. I looked around at other groups of women talking and laughing together and assumed they must all be best friends. Surely, they were getting together without me. I thought, “Doesn’t anybody want to hang out with me?”
After reading a few good books and listening to several podcasts on the topic, I learned a few things about friendship. It was time not only to get busy making new friends but also to be intentional about growing the relationships I had. I was eager to teach my kids what I discovered, too, because relationships get harder as they get older and there are a few things they need to know. In the process, I learned to…
Join me over at FaithGateway.com to read the rest of “How to Make Great Friends”.Read More
I’m amazed at the things I forget because I don’t write them down. I am not just talking about what I need to do on a particular day or week; I’m referring to beautiful things God has done in my life and the truth I have learned through spending time with Him. Thankfully, I have journaled over the years, and I’m able to go back through the pages and remind myself of the goodness of God. As I do this, my faith grows.Read More
I love summer!
I have been known to drive my family crazy with my big expectations for what the summer months bring. In my mind, I have endless time and resources to do all the activities and things I want to accomplish . However, my reality is slightly different. By the time school starts, I’m usually disappointed. I have home projects left undone and a list of friends with whom I didn’t connect!
Have you ever had this problem? Join me over at FaithGateway.com to read what I'm doing differently this year.Read More
Sometimes my kids struggle wishing they looked different. My oldest daughter doesn’t like that her thumbs are different lengths, my middle girl hates her curly hair, and my son wishes he was taller.
The lies they believe, ‘if only I looked like _____, I would be ______” vs. the truth that will set them free…Read More
At a young age, kids start to compare themselves and place their value and worth in how they measure up to their peers. Comparison is rarely healthy, and most of the time leaves us feeling discouraged and insecure. Moreover, it robs our kids of joy and prevents them from embracing who God created them to be.Read More
Recently one of my kids faced a difficult situation. They were trying something new, and while they was enthusiastic about it at first, they began to be filled with fear as the day approached. I tried to convince them that everything was going to be okay but they didn’t believe me.
I sympathized with them and it broke my heart to see them want to give up. I remembered the words of my friend, “Now we are going to find out what you are made of!”
I knew if I let my kids quit it would only get harder for them to face her fears and do uncomfortable things. They needed to experience what it was like to meet something hard and push through it. If they didn’t, they’d get stuck and wouldn’t grow emotionally.
I second-guessed my decision numerous times that day but in the end I knew I made the right decision. It wasn’t easy, but my sweet child survived and is better for it.
The full story join me over at @FaithGateway for “The Courage to Be Unstoppable”.
The contributing factors in a culture are vision, values and beliefs, and practices which include language. That’s why words matter when it comes to building your family culture They inform the way we think and interact with the world plus foster a sense of unity and membership.Read More
My kids gave me a long list of things they want to do once school gets out.
The list included going to the zoo, the park, museums, and the beach. They would like to make crafts, host play dates, and have sleepovers with their friends. These activities all sounds fun. However, I honestly don’t look forward to most of it. At least not with just them. I know that sounds awful but let me explain.
I love spending time with my little ones. The things we do together are super fun; there is plenty of laughter, joy, and teachable moments. But being with another mom and her little ones makes everything so much more fun.Read More
When I first started working with my life coach I thought I was way too busy to pursue the things that were important to me. I had a long list of reason why I wasn’t writing more, connecting with my husband regularly, or deepening my friendships.
I assumed I had a time issue. But what I really had was a priority issue. I said over and over that these things mattered to me however they weren’t showing up in my schedule.Read More
Do you have a child facing a new change or struggle?
When my kids feel helpless, the first thing I want to do is fix what’s broken. But If I am not careful, I will create a culture in my home of making sure my kids are always comfortable. It may feel loving to stay one step ahead of the obstacles my kids may face, however, a parent’s job isn’t to be there for their kids all the time. It’s to teach them how to problem-solve and prepare them for life without us.Read More
Passions allow you be the best person you can be. That’s because people who know what they are passionate about and actively make those things apart of their lives are fulfilled and connected with their work, family, and life in general. If you haven’t taken the time to figure out what you are passionate about, here’s how you can!Read More
When I was young, I loved playing Hide-and-Seek. While finding the perfect hiding spot, we'd often found objects among the trees. It was mostly stuff that people threw away, but to my friends and me these items were treasures. With each new find, we created an imaginary story about where they came from.
There are so many benefits to kids playing games like these! Join me over at Faith Gateway to READ MORE...Read More
Have you ever thought, “Why doesn't my family look like hers?” Do you admire her house, her car, her incredibly talented children, or her husband’s high profile job? Are you tempted to wonder, “If I’d made different choices, would my life be better?”
It’s easy to look at the people we know and assume they have it all together. Or to envy another family’s path. But God has a unique purpose and mission for our family.
I am over at More to Be talking about how you can let go of discontent and regret and embrace God's unique mission for your family. Join me there to READ MORE!Read More
One of the things I miss most from my pre-smartphone days is getting a personal note in the mail. Even though emails are super convenient, they can not replace the feeling you get from receiving a postcard from a family member on vacation or a letter from a friend far away.
In the book, Easter Love Letters from God, kids can experience what it is like to get a letter from their Heavenly Father.
Join me other at Faith Gateway to READ MORE about this wonderful kid's book plus read about a few ways you can touch someone with your written words.Read More
Everyone values something. Once you have identified what it is that you value you are better able to make it show up in your life, you gain clarity, which allows you to be successful in what matters the most to you.Read More