10 Favorite Quotes about Motherhood and Moms

“If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart.” – unknown I think the above quote is my new motto. It truly is the best statement for who I am and where I’m at in life. Yes, I do a lot of other things, but first I’m a mom — and there’sContinue reading “10 Favorite Quotes about Motherhood and Moms”

Back to School, Boundaries, and the Search for Balance

“The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.” –final stanza of Maya Angelou’s poem, “Caged Bird”   A few months ago, my boys and I agreed to take care of a friend’sContinue reading “Back to School, Boundaries, and the Search for Balance”

Reflections of Summer

“The sole art that suits me is that which, rising from unrest, tends toward serenity.”   -Andre Gide, French writer, 1947 Nobel Prize for Literature   This summer truly was the best of my entire life. We traveled, we played, we splashed and rode bikes and hiked, and simply enjoyed being alive, as a family, inContinue reading “Reflections of Summer”

Finding Sanity in a Mom’s Chaos

One of the most marked-up books in our home library is a book that changed my life. Years ago, several years into the Mom journey, I bumped into a book called Tender Mercy for a Mother’s Soul by Angela Thomas. With a title like that, and knowing how little mercy I felt in my roleContinue reading “Finding Sanity in a Mom’s Chaos”

More Than a Hill of Beans

It doesn’t seem that long ago, coming home from the hospital in Metairie, Louisiana, with our firstborn—a truly memorable experience. The gracious night nurse had just given me a crash course on caring for a newborn … not just any newborn, but my own. It didn’t take long to realize the meaning of the newContinue reading “More Than a Hill of Beans”

Ten Gifts Wrapped in a Mom’s Life

Back in a different life, I drove with the windows down and U2 playing through the stereo in all its grand fullness. Beautiful days, beautiful times. But one day, I woke up and looked through the rearview mirror of the minivan at the tiny faces staring back and gasped—whoa—how did this happen? Yes, in aContinue reading “Ten Gifts Wrapped in a Mom’s Life”