The Empty Chair

Last night as we sat at the dinner table, I noticed the empty chair and wondered why we hadn’t yet brought up the booster seat. My son is old enough to switch from his high chair to a booster, which would save space in the kitchen and allow…

A Due Date and a Birthday

It’s been nearly 3 years since losing baby Micah, and while those darkest days of grief seem to be behind me, my baby’s due date will forever remain bittersweet. I had found out I was pregnant in October of 2014. This had come after an early loss earlier…

The Meant-To-Dos of Motherhood

Today I got caught up. Not on the to-dos or the should-dos, but on the meant-to-dos. The snow fell outside and the roads glazed over in a thick sheet of ice, making the idea of hauling kids around town among car accidents, traffic jams, and closed…

Danger: Explosive Mom

A can of spray paint exploded in our garage this evening, but we didn’t notice there was a problem until after the fumes began to permeate throughout the house, making it difficult to breathe. There’s no telling how long that can sat out there, tension rising…

God Richly Blessed Me Today

My daughter asked me to color with her today, just as she does every other day of the week. After telling her “no” for too many days in a row, I said “yes” today. But it wasn’t without reluctance. I thought of the piles…

6 Things I Felt Guilty About During Pregnancy After Loss and the Reason You Don’t Have To

Pregnancy after loss can be a generally trying time in a woman’s life. After the trauma of losing a baby and the grief that goes along with it, by the time a woman is pregnant again, there is a good chance that she is both physically and emotionally…

5 Scripture Verses to Bring Hope After Pregnancy Loss

Life can feel pretty hopeless after experiencing pregnancy loss, so I decided to compile a short list of scripture verses that brought hope to me after my own loss(es). I struggled in my decision to post this because part of me feels like reciting scripture to a loss mom…

When January Feels Like an Ending Instead of a Beginning

January marks the beginning of each new year, and with that there is often hope that the new year will be better than the previous one. So what happens when the beginning of a new year doesn’t just feel like the end to the previous year, but it…

Some New Year’s Resolutions for My Kids, and One for Myself

As I made my way around the house the other day, I found myself completing a few (inconvenient) tasks that I so desperately wish my kids would do themselves. There was the toilet that wasn’t flushed, again. So I flushed it. There was dirty underwear worn by a…

A Mom’s Christmas Poem

It wasn’t the presents, or the lights, or the sweets That made this mom’s heart at Christmas complete. No, none of those things made her heart sing, Quite like the joy that her children bring. It was the excitement of wrapping a gift for another, A…