The past six months have been some of the most difficult of my entire life. My youngest son was hospitalized for almost two weeks in October, and our family has been reeling ever since. Simple things seem hard – Cleaning schedules Meal plans Homeschooling consistency The laundry I have yet to get these basics back… Continue reading When My Home Feels Out Of Control
I used to be a little bitter when I cooked dinner and then my husband didn’t do the dishes. To be fair, most nights he would, but some nights, not so much. I would also hate my life when the laundry needing to be folded piled up on my bed throughout the day and I… Continue reading Mom Confession: YouTube Makes My Life Easier
I wrote an entire post last week whining about how hard it is to be consistent with our routines. Turns out, I am not alone in this quest to figure out how to maintain the flow of our days. Many of you asked for more information about what our routines are, no matter how bad… Continue reading Weekly And Daily Routines (that are not so routine)
Mom confession time. I totally let my son watch four episodes of SpongeBob yesterday. In a row. I dozed on the couch with the aggravating sounds of Squidward and Patrick in the background. It was my son who stopped the incessant music playing at the end of the episode. “I’m bored,” he said, looking at… Continue reading Why Are Consistent Routines So Hard?
I sat down today to finish out the month’s financial paperwork, both for my husband’s business and our household. Once again, one thing is clear – When my life gets out of control, my spending soon follows. There is a direct, proportional, undeniable link between the two (unfortunately!). We have had a stressful month… and… Continue reading When Life Gets Messy, So Does My Budget
A few years ago, my best friend asked if I would be willing to stay at her house for the weekend and babysit. She and her husband wanted to get away, and she knew I wanted some time to spoil her preschooler and baby girl rotten. (Incidentally, I am always the auntie or friend that… Continue reading Calming The Chaos Of Motherhood (one list at a time)
It has been a tough few weeks around here. Like, really tough. Both of my children are off. The time change certainly didn’t help, but the reality is that we were already a hot mess long before we lost that hour. My oldest has been having complications from his chronic illness. Mouth sores and rashes… Continue reading How To Turn Around A Bad Day
I have always, always been a planner person. This was true even at a very young age – I remember when I was four years old, I wanted my mom’s written-in calendar so much, I would’ve preferred it to any toy. I begged to go to the office supply section at every grocery store, just… Continue reading What Can I NOT Do Today?
It was 4 o’clock in the afternoon when it started. My son had been outside, working on a pond project in our backyard. He came inside, clearly overheated and tired. About 30 minutes later, he began speaking really fast, in sentences that didn’t quite make sense. He kept talking, in an endless stream of consciousness,… Continue reading When I Don’t Know How To Help My Child
It is now February and, as much as I hate to admit it, we are still recovering from the holidays. The lack of routine, the lack of sleep, the lack of control – it has left a lot lacking in our daily lives. Add to the chaos, a trip to the hospital for my son,… Continue reading 5 Things That Are Making Life Easier Right Now
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
When I was in first grade, my teacher called me “chatty fox”. She wasn’t wrong. I am a chatty fox. In fact, I write only because at heart, I am a speaker. Over the course of this last year, I have been honored to connect in person with other momma’s and churches. I love being… Continue reading Invite Shawna Wingert To Speak At Your Next Women’s Event
Y’all, the holiday season took. its. toll. I mean really. After a road trip that lasted two weeks, all the fun that comes with seeing family, kids being spoiled rotten, and eating whatever and whenever, we returned home. Then we promptly all got the stomach flu. In succession. One right after the other, all week-long.… Continue reading My Love-Hate Relationship With Routines
I love celebrating a new year. There is something about a fresh start, a blank slate, a new beginning – it makes me feel hopeful. It makes me feel free to try new things and begin again. And, every single year, it makes me also feel a little bit crazy. Take last year – I… Continue reading Setting Realistic Goals For The New Year