Parenting & Family

The Load

I don’t want to ignore what the loneliness is trying to tell me because the broken places in me need to be dealt with, but I also don’t want the loneliness to overshadow every day in this season.

The Load

Percentages and Margins

and i tried to talk to myself as i would a friend… ”this is a season, it won't always feel like your percentages are completely taken up, you are normal.”

Percentages and Margins

That's Mine

Is it fair to say to your kids or your partner, That’s mine? There’s been a bit of a rub between my family and me when I say this simple phrase.

That's Mine

Ripples in the Wave

I began to feel the start of a bit of unraveling… I fought it as I was honestly so sick and tired of becoming unraveled about my infertility. She whispered, “He can tell that you are afraid to hope, Adge.”

Ripples in the Wave

Kick Steps

I think there are some sacred places where God helps us push through our fears. Often, these places are where you get to be in your glory; meaning they are where you feel alive, feel free, feel fully yourself.

Kick Steps

Owning Our Stories

it seems at every chapter start and turn of the page, we are given a new opportunity to own OUR story, to build on our God-given identity, to resist comparison.

Owning Our Stories

Herding

Mostly, this perspective of my life helps me keep things light. It is also gives me creative insight into how to parent my children and care for my family.

Herding

Mom Tribes

at one point, between the blood and tears and pizza and crying, she said "kel, moms just need moms." and it struck me. that's EXACTLY what i need in this season of my life.

Mom Tribes

Desire (for the Long Haul)

I think I’ve discovered something in these last ten years...these are the things that helped me live fully and revive my desire.

Desire (for the Long Haul)

brave

i often feel very over-stimulated in parenthood ... it’s loud and really messy and i really like things to look pretty and keep looking pretty

brave

Saying Yes to Identity

I finally decided that my life was important ... that would mean leaving my guilt behind for a healthier sense of who I was and what I was called to in the world.

Saying Yes to Identity

Light at the End of the Tunnel

As the light at the end of the tunnel starts to get brighter, I am reminded that it's not just about where we end up but about the journey it takes to get there. 

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Three Stockings

Expecting another little one to head our way, we kept waiting…and waiting. And no pregnancy followed.

Three Stockings

In The Waiting

I would love to offer a feel good story from the other side of this experience, but the truth is I am still in it. I am still waiting.

In The Waiting

I Ain’t Using That Name

"He believes that’s his true name and as a result, the whole course of his life changes."

I Ain’t Using That Name

Encounter At a Yogurt Shop

God holds nothing back in the ways He comes after us. We run. He chases us. We agree with the lies the enemy spits at us? He sends His people to speak Truth over us.

Encounter At a Yogurt Shop