Moms Need Encouragement

The other day Eldest and I had a wonderful mother-daughter date … until the drive home. Somehow, reflection on a movie shifted into an argument about laundry, which ended in me screaming, “Listen to me!” Nice one, Mom … I apologized, but my action shattered our fun. We arrived home in icy silence and entered the Continue »

Are You Lonely?

The other day I went for a walk with a friend of mine. At some point on the trail she said to me, “This week I have been feeling lonely. In fact yesterday I was so lonely I went to the grocery store simply to find a person to talk to.” Two things surprised me Continue »

Christian Zombie Alert

Our smiles mask the pain we artfully cover up, thinking that positive imagery will best show God’s joy and love. That false truth that being the ever-happy good Christian requires us to always smile, always spread cheer, and never let them see us sweat. In our humanness we stumble about our daily lives, careful to Continue »

Tea, Talking, and To Do Lists

Friendship – a beautiful word.  Being a single mom means spending time with friends is difficult and exceedingly necessary all at once.  Actually to all moms friendship is imperative. Recently, I spent the day with a friend.  Such a nice day. Those are sweet words when each day has seemed more of a disappointment than Continue »

Slow Growing Roots

I lived in the same small Midwestern town throughout my entire childhood.  After having our first child, my husband and I decided we wanted to raise our children in the same hometown, close to grandparents.  We had both attended the same church that my parents brought me to as a newborn.  I knew everyone in Continue »