Things Pondered

One of my favorite things about the Christmas story, and one that stands out to me even more now in my life, is where it says “But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart” Luke 2:19.  I just feel like, especially now being a momma, that I resonate at least in […]

Joy Decisions

  So I’ve documented a lot of the big things that have stood out as huge “foundation stones” in this journey of joy and motherhood.  And I wanted to include a myriad of little bits that still remain, but didn’t warrant a post in and of themselves.  It’s important that we take time for joy […]

Crippling Indecision

So there are some of you wonderfully logical, decisive types out there that will possibly read this post and it will make no sense. Bless you. You’re one of the lucky ones in this regard. But, maybe you should go ahead and read it to understand the rest of us (we probably drive you crazy)…that […]

Know when to Call It…and when to be Illogical

    We took a long trip this summer, 6 weeks after our third daughter was born. We drove through the night the first night, it actually went very well…and were super excited to be at the Badlands the following morning. The first stop on our “list.” Before entering the park we stopped at this […]

The Joy Experiment: All or Nothing Thinking

So I had this lovely goal to write my daughters a letter on their birthdays. Then I realized that I’ve missed a few…so feel like giving up the idea altogether. I decide I’m going to be more consistent with prayer and reading the Word. Three days into my week or three weeks into my month, […]

The Joy Experiment: Loving the Man you are Actually Married to

“Do you like the way I love you?” This was a question poised to her daddy by my five year old. It has rang around in my brain and heart for a little while…when she said it, I had a feeling there was some meat in her innocent little question. My husband recently left for […]

The Joy Experiment: Cease. Striving.

You know those movies, where there’s a battle scene, or a critical part of a baseball game when the accuracy of a pitch means everything…when the deafening sounds suddenly silence, and it is only the main character and goal at hand that come into focus, the background noises fading out…well…this is my somewhat lame attempt […]

The Joy Experiment: Their Behavior is not about You

We’ve all been there as moms. The heat is creeping up our back as our child throws a fit in the check-out aisle, or says something mean to another kid, or continues to push the limits over and over in an inconvenient place, or talks back to us around other adults. And…it’s super tempting to […]

The Joy Experiment: Let’s Talk about Anger

Sitting on the floor, tears streaming down your face. Overwhelmed by shame, paralyzed by guilt, you submit yourself to the mental diatribe of “failure,” “bad mom,” “you should know better,” and a host of other words of defeat. You blew up at your kid again, feeling like you had a tantrum right along with your […]

The Joy Experiment: He Knows our Time and Seasons

Ah, ladies, mommas. I cannot tell you how I wrestled with how my life slowed down after having children. I know, I know…it also sped up in some ways…constantly being needed 24/7, being responsible to keep a tiny human alive—and in my case, with my first, one who cried ALL THE TIME for the first […]