Dear Catie (on your first day of middle school)…

Dear Catie (on your first day of middle school)… Suddenly, here you are, at the tipping point between childhood and adolescence, right at the center of growing up. The teenager-you is slowly emerging. You're suddenly taller than some grown-ups, your wide brown eyes are pretty, in the way that will never need mascara. You can cook dinner, beat Daddy and me at trivia, and understand the jokes … Continue...


Dear Elisabeth (on the first day of second grade)….

Dear Elisabeth…. Wow! You have been so READY for today. You packed your backpack days ago. You set out the perfect first-day-of-school outfit last night. As we’ve talked and prayed about this … Continue...


Dear Nate…(on your first day of kindergarten)

Dear Nate... You are so ready for Kindergarten. You have heard the stories about how ridiculously fun Mrs. Miesner is. You have watched the Kindergarten classes as they … Continue...


A Mom’s Serenity Prayer for the Start of School

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Help me accept our schedule is about to be nuts. Summer is family interdependence, melting into each other, and learning life together. … Continue...


What Your Kids Are Not Telling You

This question haunts moms: what does my kid really do all day? No matter how many different way I ask my kids about their days, their hopes, their fears, and what makes them happy or hurts them, … Continue...



Four Reasons to Send Your Kids to Camp This Summer

Our kids are back from a week of camp. Right before it was time to send them, I almost chickened out. But I kept thinking of this bit of wisdom,"Parenting is about preparing your child for the road, not about preparing the road for your child." I'm good at road construction for my kids. I always … [Read More...]


The Really Big Problem with Living in Your Tiny Comfort Zone

  Comfort zones are big liars. You've probably already learned this, but I'm just starting to understand how tiny and controlling our comfort zones are. What if God is more creative than our comfort zones? What if God gives the fantastic dances to the epic players, the ones willing to … [Read More...]


Plug Back Into Each Other: The Family Road Trip

Our family is back from almost two weeks of vacation. We have done justice to the Family Road Trip. We have travelled thousands of miles in our dirty minivan. We have peed in hot gas station bathrooms and eaten terrible breakfasts at hole-in-the-wall cafes. Yesterday we drove 900 miles in a little … [Read More...]

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Codependent No More: Breaking Up With My iPhone

Maybe you're like me and your relationship with your iPhone has become codependent. Maybe you need an Apple Watch. Here's how it's worked for me, tell me if it sounds familiar. Your phone is no longer a tool to help you save time. Yes, you can thumb-type texts and emails to everyone you know. … [Read More...]

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