Chronic Illness · Friendships

How To Help When A Friend’s Child Has Been Hospitalized

My son has been in the hospital for three days now. I have cried more than I thought possible. I have prayed more than I thought possible. I have worried more than I thought possible. And I have found more encouragement and hope in the midst of this, than I ever thought possible. Right now,… Continue reading How To Help When A Friend’s Child Has Been Hospitalized

Friendships · Grief · Survival Mode

When Life Feels Unfamiliar

It was a matter of days, after my oldest son’s first diagnosis, that the emails and Facebook links began pouring in. Welcome to Holland, by Emily Pearl Kingsley, is like required reading for a mom with a newly diagnosed child. I read it. I liked it. I identified with it. I nodded my head a… Continue reading When Life Feels Unfamiliar

Church · Family · Friendships · Grace · Homemaking · Homeschooling · Prayer

What Faith Looks Like When You Are A Mom

I am preparing to speak next week about ‘Faith and Fear in Motherhood’. As I have prayed about what to say and how to say it, one thing keeps occurring to me – Faith looks nothing like the pretty picture I have in my head. The longer I am a mom, the more I realize… Continue reading What Faith Looks Like When You Are A Mom

Autism · Dyslexia · Friendships · Homeschooling · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder

Am I Qualified To Homeschool My Child With Special Needs?

“Aren’t you worried that you are keeping him from really getting the help he needs?” “You don’t want your son to miss out on the professional help the school system provides.” “How can you possibly think that you are more qualified than someone who has been trained to help with autism and dyslexia?” All three… Continue reading Am I Qualified To Homeschool My Child With Special Needs?

Church · Friendships · Grace · Grief

Depression, Grief and the Church

“I am so low. I feel like I can’t breathe sometimes,” I whispered anxiously to the women’s bible study leader. I was desperate for help. I had two children under the age of five. I was in the middle of a brutal divorce – a divorce that was already causing me shame and ostracism at… Continue reading Depression, Grief and the Church