The Piano Interview

After years of focusing on basic life and academic skills with two of my children, who have some developmental challenges, we have now arrived at the middle school years. One of the basic decisions I faced in planning their home school curriculum for this year was whether to continue to peck away with large amounts Continue »

I’m Filthy Rich!

As I write these words, all of my children are home, for a little while. With 10 kids, it is very difficult to get everyone in the same place at the same time for any length. College in different states, work schedules and activities keep us going in many directions. Today I am basking in Continue »

Lessons From a 4-Year-Old

My children never cease to amaze me … and I’m not just talking about how gigantic their messes can be!  I learn something new from them every single day, something that typically deepens my understanding of God and His purposes.

20 Things I Love About Being a Mom

  Hearing “I love you so much, Momma.” Sweet hugs just because. Little people fighting over my lap.  (It really can’t be that comfortable even with all the padding.) Getting to read rhyming stories. Bible stories every day – such a reminder of God’s faithfulness! My little girls joyfully singing songs to me. Late night Continue »

A New Night Time Ritual—to Speak My Kids’ “Love Languages”

We’ve had some major upheavals in our family recently, of the moving-to-the-developing-world variety. It’s refreshed my experience of God’s faithfulness, to say the least—and of the resilience of children! But helping my kids to best cope with so many stresses, both significant and minute, I’ve had to spend some time just praying for God-given wisdom on how Continue »

Children are a Gift!

Lately, I’ve been waist deep in a book I’m writing about child-loss. It’s a memoir and the full intent is to share hope and encouragement for women who have experienced pregnancy or infant child-loss. The story grips me. In fact, as I’m writing it, many times I find myself pulling back a bit to really carefully examine my experiences– what I felt and what I’ve gained. I’ve had multiple miscarriages and after each time, something different happened to me. A different feeling. A different lesson. Most importantly, God has taught me the beauty of who he is in my life, even in the midst of my pain. But one other lesson he’s sharing with me right now, is how blessed I am to have three beautiful children right here, how they are a gift and how I should treat them that way.

Headsize and Hearts

When Jackson was still in utero, my doctor looked at my husband’s head, turned to me, and said, “Didn’t your momma never tell you never to marry a big headed man? Now you will have to bear his children.” Oops! I had a list of 100 things I wanted in a spouse, but head size never factored Continue »

Mother to Daughter

When my kids were younger, one of our favorite family movies was the Disney remake of “The Parent Trap.” Lindsay Lohan, at age 11, played two separate roles when a British twin and an American twin meet for the first time at summer camp and exchange lives to meet the parent the other has never met. The plan Continue »

The Real Mother’s Day is Yet to Come

My first memories of Mother’s Day are sitting in church as a child as the minister recognized all the mothers. I remember them standing in recognition of their day. I also remember them all wearing corsages. The ones whose mothers were no longer living always wore white flowers, and the mostly-younger moms wore red or pink corsages. It was Continue »