3 Certain Ways to Ruin Advent

Thanksgiving weekend, my family enthusiastically set out to find our Christmas tree. Minutes after unloading at the idyllic tree farm, a toddler initiated a crying spell that lasted the entire hour we strolled the fields and barn. Meanwhile, another child complained about the cold, a sibling threw a tantrum for more cookies, and another brother... Continue Reading →

God is Not Your Pen Pal

It was my second unanswered phone call to the dentist that day. With the office so busy, I decided to leave a voice mail. I slumped on the couch as I waited for the beep, “Hi, this is the mom of B. Richardson.” I recited my phone number and reason for calling before wrapping up... Continue Reading →

The Cure for Loneliness

As followers of Christ, we are in Christ alone, but we are not alone in Christ. God is in the business of building His Church, redeeming His Bride, assembling a Body from every tribe, tongue and nation to stand before His throne united in worship to the Lamb who was slain to take away the... Continue Reading →

Why I Do Playdates

A friend recently quizzed me about my philosophy on playdates. We were actually in the middle of a playdate, and while I had engaged in numerous playdates over the last five years (I’m figuring at least two a week, every week, for five years . . . we’re talking nearly 500 playdates!!!) I didn’t have... Continue Reading →

To All the Moms Who Need a Break

I just need a break. Do you ever find yourself muttering this under your breath, or pleading this to your husband, lamenting this to a mom friend or yelling this at your unsuspecting children? I just need a break. Maybe, like me, you find yourself getting creative with this statement. I just need a moment... Continue Reading →

Responding to Toxic People

We all have one of those people in our lives: the kind the world brands toxic with permission to cut out. Are you picturing someone? The one you need 24 hour advance notice before seeing. In route you psych and pray in turn: I’m not going to lose it. Lord, help me not to lose... Continue Reading →

3 Confessions of a Novice Blogger

Aubrie and I launched our blog nearly a year ago. Long before we hesitantly advertised this new venture, we spent months preparing. At least two of those months, we texted each other hundreds of potential names for our site before selecting the name suggested on the very first night of brainstorming. We began consulting each... Continue Reading →

To all the Mama Bees Out There

Do you ever consider what animal your personality mimics? Perhaps you are the proverbial mama bear ready to draw your claws at a whiff of danger. Or perhaps your steadfast loyalty conjures images of a circling bald eagle. Are you the unpredictable rearing stallion or the easily spooked garden rabbit? Whatever your “animal spirit,” we... Continue Reading →

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