What a 3-month-old baby taught me about bathroom politics.

Lately, it feels like controversy is constantly all up in my face. So. much. input. Social media, blogs, articles, posts, comments. Everyone has an opinion. I end up feeling like I ought to have a “stance” on everything. And, if I’m honest, as a Christian it feels even MORE like I should have this stuff figured out.Continue reading “What a 3-month-old baby taught me about bathroom politics.”

Lent for the rest of us: 2016 (Free printable reading plan!)

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which is on February 10 this year, and leads us to Easter on March 27. Are you familiar with Lent? I used to get super stressed about this season. Lent. This 40-day journey leading up to Easter… a time to prepare our hearts for Jesus… all He is and allContinue reading “Lent for the rest of us: 2016 (Free printable reading plan!)”

43 Songs: The Ultimate Running Playlist

While visiting my parents in Indiana, I thought I’d be able to keep up my training for an upcoming half marathon (I’m planning to NOT repeat this total FAIL). But, I’m currently stuck inside, watching the freezing rain outside, and am just not hard core enough today to get out there and run in that mess. Meanwhile, whyContinue reading “43 Songs: The Ultimate Running Playlist”

When you can’t find Jesus.

“Mama, what happens when we die?” She snuggled in close, 6-year-old daughter of mine, worried sick that night about tornadoes and the world and big scary things. “We go to heaven to be with Jesus, baby.” Her head cradled in the crook of my arm, eyes turned up toward me, wide and worried, “But what if IContinue reading “When you can’t find Jesus.”

The Marathon: HIGH FIVES FOR EVERYONE!

I recently ran my second marathon, and, considering my Top Three Love Languages are 1. Words of Affirmation, 2. Words of Affirmation, and 3. High Fives, it’s no surprise that Marathon Day was the best. day. ever. Consequently, the only suitable way to recall said marathon is with an outpouring of thanks and gratitude to some of the unsung heroes of the day:Continue reading “The Marathon: HIGH FIVES FOR EVERYONE!”

Force Quit: an invitation

In three days, I’ll run a marathon. I have poured hours and miles of hard work into preparing. But just weeks ago, I thought my efforts were all in vain. It was August. School had started for BOTH of my children, and for the first time since I could remember, how I spent my day was in MY CONTROL. TheContinue reading “Force Quit: an invitation”

Throwback Thursday: And now you know.

As of next week, I will have two children in elementary school. That is ALL OF MY CHILDREN. As in, THERE WILL BE NO CHILDREN AT MY HOUSE ALL DAY. Part of me (okay, a LOT of me) is just trying to keep my excitement at a civilized level. Another part of me is simply stunned atContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: And now you know.”

One BIG parenting mistake I KEEP MAKING! (And the simple fix.)

Outwardly, I would say I do okay as a mom. But to be painfully honest, I feel like I’m really messing up. Like REALLY messing up. And I don’t even know how to be better. Oh, I have THEORIES on how to be better. Those are crystal clear when I judge all the OTHER moms. But when shit gets real inContinue reading “One BIG parenting mistake I KEEP MAKING! (And the simple fix.)”

Throwback Thursday: A simple plan for your worst! race! ever! (I do dumb things.)

I recently began training for my second marathon, and I’m pretty pumped about it. While there’s much to do in preparation, I can largely capture what NOT to do in this little post from last year. Happy Throwback Thursday, people. Enjoy the laughs. Originally published on March 10, 2014. I did something really stupid. I ran a half marathon. ForContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: A simple plan for your worst! race! ever! (I do dumb things.)”

Here’s to you. Yes, you.

Here’s to you, the one who got out of bed this morning. Who put on her big girl panties and drove to work. Who stayed home and made another. blessed. PB&J. Who got outside and ran one more mile. Who cleaned up somebody’s mess. Literally or figuratively. Again. Here’s to you, the one who thinks she’s not makingContinue reading “Here’s to you. Yes, you.”