Category Archives: Parenting

admitting we need help {a.k.a. the big, scary ask}

Hey, my friends, It’s Friday night (as I begin this draft), the kiddos are asleep, it’s frigid outside, and I’ve ever so lovingly kicked our pup, Rocky, out of “his” chair and into his bed so I can sit by the … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, Community, Learning Authenticity, mental health, Parenting, self care, special needs parenting, Uncategorized | 20 Comments

getting a little more real about life in the {special needs} trenches

Hey, my dear friends. I’m here. I wasn’t here for a long time. Not mostly. I didn’t know how to be here. There were times I tried to be, but it never felt– right, I guess. So I wrote a … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, Encountering God in the Messy, Encountering God in the Mundane, Family Moments, Grief and Loss, Home and Family Management, Learning Authenticity, mental health, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, self care, special needs parenting, Transition, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

When I Can’t Protect My Son

Hey, dear friends, Oh my gracious, it’s been so long. (Ahem. Again. I know.) I can’t tell you what a miracle it feels like to be sitting here today, fingers on keys. The house empty, other than myself and my … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, Attending to His Presence, Encountering God in the Messy, Family Moments, Goodness of the Gospel, Grief and Loss, Learning Authenticity, mental health, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, special needs parenting, Uncategorized, wholehearted living | 11 Comments

some honesty: why i’m mostly silent these days

Hey, dear friends. A couple weeks ago, I wrote a blog post. It was long. It was an effort to let you into what our family’s life is like on a daily basis. The funny, the heartwarming, the painful, the … Continue reading

Posted in Encountering God in the Messy, Family Moments, Grief and Loss, Learning Authenticity, mental health, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, special needs parenting, Uncategorized | 7 Comments

on living in the uncomfortable tension {or: all the stuff I didn’t say yesterday}

Hey, my friends, I gotta say this first: Your responses to my post from last night, both here and on my Facebook page, have been such healing balm for both Stan’s and my hearts. I’m just undone. {Quick note: If you … Continue reading

Posted in Freedom From Perfectionism, Goodness of the Gospel, Grief and Loss, Learning Authenticity, Marriage, mental health, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, special needs parenting, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

finding words after too many months of silence (on connection, confidence, and my one word for 2017)

Hey, my friends! So. It’s January 3rd, and I haven’t written in this space since August fourth. I’m pretty sure this is the first time in a solid 4 years that I’ve gone this long without blogging. Welp. Happy 2017. And … Continue reading

Posted in Advent, anxiety, Confidence in God, Family Moments, Freedom From Perfectionism, leadership, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, One Word, Parenting, special needs parenting, Uncategorized, Worship Leader Guts | 17 Comments

On Needing Help {or: Life’s hard. Play Mario Kart.}

I never title a post before I write it. Except, apparently, for when I do. I’ve had this post title sitting here alone in my WordPress Chrome tab, blank screen looming, and I’ve been straight up procrastinating — also known as aimlessly … Continue reading

Posted in Learning Authenticity, mental health, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, risk, special needs parenting, Uncategorized, wholehearted living | 11 Comments

Some Stuff I Haven’t Told You {in which I get real and update you on our boy}

Isaac’s anxiety is more pronounced these days. It’s not quite as intense as it was a year ago, but it’s leaning somewhat in that direction lately. Did I ever tell you guys what last summer was like for us? Bless my … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, Family Moments, Grief and Loss, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, special needs parenting, Uncategorized | 19 Comments

If Your Heart Hurts this Mother’s Day {a few things I’d say if we could do coffee}

I awake early to sit here and wait in the predawn quiet, my littles still snug in their beds, and a hundred or so passions burning all at once in my soul. And out of those hundred burning thoughts, this … Continue reading

Posted in adoption, Celebrations, Grief and Loss, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, Uncategorized | 15 Comments

on epic beauty, searing loss, and a wholehearted life

I’m not planning on writing Sunday evening when I make my way back from my walk by the river and flip open my li’l Mac on the table at “my” Starbucks. But for the first time in a solid month, words flood … Continue reading

Posted in Attending to His Presence, Encountering God in the Beautiful, Encountering God in the Messy, Family Moments, Grief and Loss, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, special needs parenting, Uncategorized, wholehearted living | 7 Comments