Yesterday my children and I were reading the Bible while they played in the bathtub. We came to the verse in Matthew 4:17, where it says, “From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, ‘Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.'”
Tips For Handling Exhaustion From A 2 Year Old
Here are a few tips from my toddler on how to cope with tiredness: 1. Take off all your clothes, put on your Sunday dress shoes, stand on a chair, and wail. 2. Repeatedly hand Mommy solid objects and command her to, “OPEN!” Cry when she cannot. 3. Eat Desitin. 4. Open the freezer and cry that there’s no ice cream. …
Joy With A Backdrop Of Sorrow
I’m about to be super transparent. I don’t know why I feel the need to put that disclaimer at the beginning of this post, but there it is. The following isn’t sugar coated, it isn’t pretty, and it isn’t fun. But it’s real. And if I feel this way, other people must as well, so maybe my sharing this will help …
Dear Dad I Never Had: I Miss You. I Love You. Happy Father’s Day.
Dear Dad I Never Had, As you know, we have never met. It’s not because I didn’t have a dad. I did. I had a biological father, but he didn’t love me. So, he wasn’t really a real dad, was he? But you were. I imagined you. I missed you. I still miss you … every day.
Psalm 23: The Reading Aloud Mom Version
This is how Psalm 23 goes when you’re reading to a 3 year old, a 1 year old, and a 3 month old: The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want, If you get ketchup on my Bible I’ll be upset.
The First Time I Spoke With God
I remember it so well. I was about 4 or 5 years old, and I was playing in the dirt in my backyard in Memphis, Tennessee. I remember scooping dirt with a spoon, and putting it in a little cup, and I thinking, “God, I don’t pray very often, and I can’t read yet, so I can’t read the Bible.”
The Lorica of Saint Mommy of Sick Children
Yeah. So, we’ve had a stomach virus here for about the past week, and today it culminated in one of the most craptastic days in my three year career so far as a mother. Bad things have been happening. Bad, bad things.
Motherhood: A Corn Pop Parable
Frequently, as parents, we learn from our children. You’d think it would be the other way around, and it often is, but as Mommies and Daddies we do a lot of learning, relearning, and self-discovery with and through our kids. Today, my 2-year-old gave my 8-month-old a bag of Corn Pops cereal, and she promptly spread it all around her …
Sense & Simplicity: Channeling Jane. Blogging Motherhood.
As she sat at the table sipping her coffee, Jennifer overheard the small voice of her young daughter saying encouragingly, “Eat, Baby! Eat! Mmmm! Eat!” Feeling a slight pang of suspicion at the pleas, she turned around to see her tousle-headed two year old, seated Indian-style on the living room floor, feeding her pudgy infant sister bits of green playdough. …
Do You Imagine Bible Prophets As Old Men … Or Teenagers?
So I was reading the Bible tonight, and had a bit of a revelation. Check out this passage from Jeremiah 1: Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” 6 Then I said, …