Fruit Sweeter Than You Hoped For

Raising children is hard work. Some days are easy, encouraging and fun. Many zap our strength, rattle our confidence and tempt us to doubt our objectives, strategies and capabilities. We're imperfect, learning-as-we-go moms pouring into imperfect, absorb-it-when-I'm-ready children. ...Do you ever wonder about the outcome of your efforts? I sure did. Am I wasting my time? My…

Trusting God in the Meanwhile

When our children were 5, 7 and 8, they began weekly lessons on our keyboard "piano". A sweet friend agreed to come to our home and give each child a 20 minute lesson. Making sure each child practiced 20 minutes several days a week was my role. They loved Miss Amy. Practice was a different…

Making the Most of Meanwhile

Don't you love to hear a good story unfold? You know, the kind that has phrases like: "and she had no idea that 2 weeks ago he..." "no one knew that all along her boss had quietly initiated..." "to everyone's surprise, they had been planning this for months..." "that single experience was the quiet catalyst…

Responding to Uncertainty

If I could just know... When I was a senior in college, my curiosity peaked for a glimpse of my future. Would I be able to get a job? Would I like being a teacher? Would I be able to pay off my college loan quickly? Would I get married? Would I have children? No clues encouraged…