Momlife is TOO hard!

I have been remembering those days throughout my momlife where I wanted to escape. Where my biggest dream was the "mom fairy" bursting through my door and saying, "You are such a great mom, you deserve a break...I am going to wave my wand and send you on a two day vacation...where would you like to go?" Never happened. Being a mom is hard - it's a daily assault on self. Being a mom is important - it's a daily opportunity to pour into the … [Read more...]

Keep It Simple

Sunday afternoon was peace and quiet loveliness for me. After weeks of rain we had a beautiful day of clear skies and sunshine. I went out back to just spend some time alone doing nothing. Suddenly I found myself taking off my shoes and socks rolling my jeans up to my knees and laying down on the grass. I experienced an overwhelming desire to just feel the ground beneath me, relax and soak up the sun's warmth. I did absolutely nothing but lay … [Read more...]

Winners Announced from the Pine Cove Camps Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered my recent Pine Cove giveaway—I appreciate your support so much! I'm happy to announce the winners are . . . Hannah H — youth camp Elizabeth H — camp in the city Hannah and Elizabeth, my publicity team will be in touch via email with details about how to claim your prize. Keep an eye on your inbox! Welcome to Be the Mom! I'm so excited you're here. Be sure you're following me … [Read more...]

Social Media Conundrum

For eight years my immersion in social media has been blessed by relationships made, encouragement shared and received, as well knowledge gained. I am grateful for every conversation, tear, grin and giggle I have shared with others. However, there is a constant “tyranny of the urgent” that comes with social media immersion that has become a heavy burden. Dogged engagement in daily on-line conversation can be its greatest reward, but for me, … [Read more...]

Fortune Cookie Predicts Doom

Building relationship with your kids makes for great fun together when they are teens. I don't get people when they talk about how awful the teen years are because although those years have challenges my experience has been they are the opposite of awful. When you have come alongside  your kids consistently, taught them the truth of who God is, who the enemy of God is and how they walk through life with a target on their back the teen years … [Read more...]

Your Phone Or Your Children?

I have written about the subject of spending intentional time with your kids for over five years. Of recognizing that every moment counts and your children are like little sponges and will soak up what they see and hear in eagerly magnificent ways. I am happy that finally more and more moms are recognizing and admitting to the "drift" towards isolation that is running dangerously rampant in our world...and in our homes. I nearly cried (I … [Read more...]

Be A Mentor, Find A Mentor

It can be awkward and uncomfortable at first...but a mentoring relationship is something you NEED to pursue. And hey - your seatbelt was awkward and uncomfortable but you got used to that! So buckle up and make mentoring happen in YOUR life! Do you have that “older woman” who touches your life deeply, without much fan fare or notice to the rest of the world? I remember her well; her name was Connie. She was the “older women” in our women’s … [Read more...]

How To Help Kids Remember!

There are so many things we as moms want to do to help our children thrive in life! I do realize that trying to do them all can make every stinkin one of us go crazy because there simply are not enough hours in the day! So, right now, let me absolve you of all the "Oh my goodness I cannot do it all!" guilt running through your head. Because you know what? You are right you CANNOT do it all. So, you just have to decide what is right for you … [Read more...]

Encouragement Cafe Chat

More than a year ago I "met" Luann Prater by phone and we shared our hearts on life, where God had us and what the big dreams were He had placed in our hearts. Imagine my surprise when I found out she would be coming to Little Rock a few weeks ago to meet up with Suzie Eller, (my now new friend) and that they wanted to sit and chat with me on their radio program Encouragement Cafe. We enjoyed dinner together the night before, where there … [Read more...]

I Cannot Birth This Baby!

Interesting that during my pregnancy over 20 years ago I constantly read the book What To Expect When You Are Expecting and now that I am talking into the lives of moms I was asked by them to write a post on child birth! I really was connected to that book, I even mention it in Be The Mom! They have a website, What To Expect, and they send me an email several months back and say, "Hey, will you write us a guest post?" And I answer back, … [Read more...]