Grieving In Front Of Your Kids

The past several years in our home have been filled with so much joy, so many blessings, and so much to be thankful for. And – they have also been years full of grief, pain, loss, and deep sadness. Many times over the past several years we have had to discuss what we should tell our kids about deaths in the family, chronic illnesses, and losses untouchable. Continue reading

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Eating Together

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

One thing that I think we have done really well as parents is we have been very intentional about making mealtime family time.  We put away our phones, make sure the TV is off and come sit down together for our meals. Continue reading

More than Just the Blues

It’s taken a while for me to get to the point where I felt comfortable writing this…and really it’s because it’s taken a while for me to get to the point where I felt like I was starting to feel like myself again.  I’ve described my recent time as a “tough season” for my family and me.  This is true, and while there’s been many great things and some very special moments, there have also been some very tough moments and struggles.  This has been especially true for me personally as I feel like in some ways it has been one of the toughest struggles of my life. Continue reading

Sunday Spotlight: Family

As this year comes to a close, I can without hesitation say that I am ready for and looking forward to a new year. During some really difficult and trying times the people below have been incredible and have inspired me to keep pushing, keep fighting and keep loving. I wish you all a happy New Year and pray that you feel love as strong and unwavering as these people give me every day. Continue reading

Second Child

I’ve been meaning to write this post for quite a while.  It’s been on my mind, but I just never quite found the inspiration or time to sit down and write it.  It has also been a very difficult time in my life internally lately.  My brain has also been in an awful place, which at some point I plan to share and hope that my story can be a comfort to others.  But for today, I really wanted to focus on this thought that has been with me for a quite a while.  I wanted to share with you my thoughts on how life has changed since the arrival of child #2. Continue reading

Sunday Spotlight: Slowing Down For the Holidays

December can often feel like a time of chaos and pressure, there are so many things to be done, bought, and made that it can be easy to feel overwhelmed even with the beautiful things. While all the celebrations that December holds are wonderful, fun, and meaningful – there is just no way to do it all. I want to give you the grace today to know that you – fellow parent – you do not have to do it all. Continue reading