The One Thing I Can’t Give Away

For nearly five years, our grey and green infant Chicco car seat accompanied me everywhere. I gently rocked it during Bible study (while praying for a nap), it sat next to me on the booth while we dined out (totally frazzled), it secured each of our (often screaming) infants during car rides, and it provided […]

For All the Suffering

I wonder if every generation thinks about the state of the world, “This is the worst it’s ever been.” Our generation’s current troubles—acts of terrorism, rampant abortion, random school shootings, clergy sex scandals, police brutality, racial divides, and human trafficking—are just a few potential sources of injustice and suffering that plague us. And that’s on […]

Motherhood Is…

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! My seasons of infertility, pregnancy, and childbirth are over; and I am in awe that I’m in full-swing motherhood! I am so thankful for my four and wanted to reflect on how motherhood has changed my life, in the good ways and the hard ways. I spent some time this morning […]

Transitioning Your Baby to Self Sleep

Dear Young Mama, You’re going to be o.k. You’ll find your way. Give yourself time, it all takes time. Your jeans will fit again. Things will be different, but your new normal will probably surprise you in a good way…eventually. Your baby will sleep through the night and these sleepless nights will be a distant […]

Joy 360

My friend Julie Holly is an extremely talented writer and blogs at This week I was honored to be a part of her Joy 360 series, reflecting on the topic of joy. I wrote about how I experienced the full extent of joy because of a dark time in my life; when I was […]

10 Reasons Having the 4th Baby Is Easier Than Having the 1st

Before I had kids and even when I had just my first baby, I glorified mothers of multiple children. “Oh my gosh, how on earth do they do it?” Well friends, now I’m living it and the good news is that it doesn’t get exponentially harder with each addition to the family. There are for […]

Advice for Having a Natural Birth

Natural childbirth is a philosophy of childbirth that is based on the belief that women who are adequately prepared are innately able to give birth without routine medical interventions. The goal of delivery is always to have your baby in your arms at the end, with as little trauma to everyone as possible. So I […]

Baby Number 4

We’re expecting baby number 4! Whoo hoo! I’m so excited. I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I’d be blessed with four kids. Motherhood has taken me by surprise. I knew early in life that I had an adventurous heart, one that wanted to travel and experience new things. What I didn’t know is […]

Newborn Sleep Tips

  I was just talking to a sweet friend in the throws of early motherhood the other day…and she was tired.  It reminded me, that is such a hard stage in life, and one where the entire family life gets disrupted for awhile.  It seems like the milestone where everyone can take a breath after […]