That Frilly, Floral Shirt

It was just another night, another bedtime routine. I entered my daughter’s room, grumbling under my breath about the messy state of her room. Hangers littering the floor, books scattered about, closet doors ajar, exposing piles of toys and clothes. I silently wondered why she can’t keep anything…

‘Tis the Season to Embrace Simplicity

It’s December 1st and the pressures of the season are in full swing. And I find myself wondering when Christmas became so complicated. Was it when we started putting more faith in what marketers told us would bring us joy instead of putting our faith in the thing, the…

A Celebration Instead of Sadness

(This post contains affiliate links, meaning I will make a small commission if you click through and make a purchase.) Last week, my husband and I had the opportunity to see a band that is close to our hearts. A band that we just happened to discover in 2015, a…

In the Midst of Loss, My Nurse Gave Me Something to Be Thankful For

Nearly three years ago, when I found out I was going to lose my baby, I wasn’t feeling thankful for anything. I had spent 17 weeks preparing my heart to bring a new baby home, and I would spend the next 3 weeks preparing my heart to say goodbye…

Bread that Sustains Hearts

It’s been a long week at our house, not necessarily a bad week, just a long one. We scheduled a four day weekend and took a roadtrip to visit family. As usual, I hadn’t found the time to get a head start on laundry and cleaning before we…

5 Things You Can Do for the Loss Mom in Your Life

When a friend or family member loses a baby, it can be difficult to know what to do or how to respond. I admit that before experiencing my own loss, I wouldn’t have known how to handle these situations either. While there are the standard ways of offering support…

A Blessing in an Unclean House

I was blessed with a visit from an old friend over the weekend. We had planned to spend some time catching up and reliving our glory days seeing a band that we had adored back in high school. I spent the days prior to her arrival reminding myself that I…

Jesus is Near

As I sat watching the local news last night, reporters informing the community of a shooting at a nearby Wal-Mart, I felt defeated. Another random shooting, another senseless act of violence, another selfish act resulting in lives being needlessly taken. I listened to parents describing their escape from the…

Joy in My Own Backyard

I was awoken early this morning by daughter, who was fully dressed from head to toe, prepared to start her day. While I was disappointed that I didn’t get to sleep in on a Sunday (and by sleep in, I mean sleep until 6:45), I wasn’t irritated…

Not that Different

After I became pregnant with my rainbow baby, it seemed as if I was expected to brush the heartache of past pregnancies aside and assume that nothing would go wrong this time. People often remarked that this was a different pregnancy, implying that certainly there would be a different outcome…