Texting Pick Me Up

I was moseying along during the day yesterday, minding my own business - actually I was cleaning a bathroom. Such is the glamorous life of a mom expecting a house full of couples for a good old fashioned deep Biblical discussion. Part of me wanted to fore-go the cleaning and just let my son's mess speak for itself - "This is our home, we do live in it and our guest bathroom happens to also be my 15 year old son't bathroom and he nor I have … [Read more...]

Roof Crashers

There are times in my momlife where I sit in amazement of who my children are becoming. He sheepishly walked in from Echo - the Wednesday night youth gathering at our church - and as he looked up at me I could see emotion in his face. He grinned slightly and averted his eyes. My mom senses picked up on something...something big. "Are you OK?" I inquired. "Yeah...well...it was a really good night," he offered. "Have you been … [Read more...]

Interviewing A Model

I really enjoy interviewing people for MomLife Today because being able to share what others are doing to glorify God, that in process speaks into the lives of moms, makes me silly happy! Confession time...knowing that I was interviewing an International model made me feel silly awkward...like my former awkward pre-teen self. No pressure there...sitting on camera opposite a woman who has been on magazine covers. Gee thanks. I chose, yes … [Read more...]

Boys, Moms & Messy

Boys...you gotta love em - cause they keep you on your toes! They also keep you in your laundry room and kitchen! Especially the kitchen because giving them good grub keeps them coming back to your home. Which trust me, is a good thing. I learned from a mom older and wiser than me years ago that if I wanted to know where my son was and what he was doing I best make my home a welcome place for him and his friends. Great advice, that I heeded … [Read more...]

Protect Your Children

This whole Penn State thing has had my head reeling. I am at a loss for words. The world has within it such evil - how do we protect our children? My sweet friend Dannah Gresh wrote an extremely helpful post that gives very doable, practical advice on how to discuss personal space safety with your child. It is a hard conversation to have, but a necessary one. I would encourage you to follow the link over to MomLife Today to read, and then … [Read more...]

Teenage Boy Fest

Well, I did it again – I filled my home with about a dozen teen boys for the better part of a weekend! Some of my friends think I’m a bit nuts when I choose to invite droves of teenagers over. They don’t quite get why I would choose to fill my home with all the noise, the eating, the shoving, the laughter, the dirt, the smells, the in and out. They ask, “Isn’t it just too much trouble?” Yeah...it is a bit of pain, but the rewards outweigh … [Read more...]

Oh No She Didn’t!

I have been called a lot of things in my life time...I can now add "gutwrenchingly controlling" to the list! And believe it or not, I am quite proud of that title! When my teen daughter gave it to me I winced at first, but then I decided it was a badge of honor. If you would like to get the full story join me over on FamilyMatters blog where I am guest posting! For fun, once you read the post leave a comment at FamilyMatters blog on what … [Read more...]

Boys N Cars

I am sure you have had heard it said (or learned personally) that teenagers can be a major source of frustration. While that is true, they can also be a major source of insight – and are frequently wiser than we give them credit for. Adults strive to figure out teenagers and why they think and act the way they do. Since one of my delights is to speak into the lives of teenagers, I observe and do mom research by interacting, listening and … [Read more...]

Substitute Teaching Success

  I have served as a substitute teacher for many years. Mainly because I like getting to know my children's peers and understanding their world. My enjoyment of substitute teaching ramped up once my kids became tweens/teens because pouring into the lives of kids that age can have long term ramifications. That happened today. A teen boy was being disobedient, not doing as instructed and he was choosing to be a royal pest to the … [Read more...]