8 Seconds

Yesterday afternoon, Phil, the kids, and I attended the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. This year, we got to see the rodeo as well as tour the grounds, look at the animals, ride the rides, etc. My favorite event of this rodeo session was the bull riding. The rider sits astride the bull’s back […]

The More Things Change…

You’ve heard the saying “the more things change, the more they stay the same”? Allow me to catch you up on what God’s been doing in my life for the last six-plus months. When I do, and when I share one of the many lessons He’s taught me through all of it, you’ll see why […]

When Moms Get a Little Bit Desperate

My daughters Lindsey and Jessica have several hamsters (it’s a little hard to keep track of exactly how many, because two of the hamsters are breeding females and, well, they breed. Regularly). I could go into all the reasons why I think caring for hamsters benefits my girls, but the reason that’s relevant for today’s […]

When God Seems Too Slow

Last Sunday, along with much of the rest of America, my husband and I watched Super Bowl LI. Timmy watched occasionally, not because he cares about football, but because he wanted to be where Daddy and I were. So while Phil and I enjoyed the game, Timmy’s favorite part was the Skittles commercial, where he […]

Why Aren’t We Going Yet?

This past weekend, Timmy and I went to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to see Paw Patrol Live!.  We drove up on Friday and stayed overnight at a hotel, then got up the next morning to get ready to see the show. The only problem was, Timmy woke up early due to excitement, and we were therefore ready […]

When You’ve Just. Got. Nothing.

My sister is my best friend. We keep in touch regularly and frequently. We sometimes talk on the phone even when we don’t have anything much to say. At some point, if we run out of things we can pretend are important enough to talk about, there will come a long pause, and then one […]

Running Blind

The way my husband, Phil, tells the story, he and Timmy were getting ready to cross the parking lot to the doors of Wal-Mart. Phil reminded Timmy to stop and look both ways for oncoming traffic, which Timmy did. “No cars!” Timmy announced, then began running full steam ahead. A short time later, he smacked […]

Why We Should Embrace Unpleasant Consequences

“Mommy! Timmy’s being a pest again! He’s lying down on our game board so we can’t play!” I don’t always get up and do something about it when my kids tattle. Sometimes, I merely explain to the offended party that it’s normal for boys to make noises like that and not something she can tattle […]

How Not to Worry

This past Friday night, Lindsey and I were lounging on the couch together, just hanging out. She, of course, wanted to stay up late. But much as I wanted to continue our time together, I knew it would be better for her to get plenty of sleep. “You’re going to have to get up early […]

When You Need Practice

I didn’t think picking up Cheerios was such a big deal. Apparently, it was, at least to Timmy, who didn’t want to pick up the bag of Cheerios he’d dragged into his room for use with his Cheerios book. “Please pick up the Cheerios and put them away,” I said. “Aagghh!” Timmy yelled. “I’m mad! […]

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