Faith, Motherhood

Parenting Advice from the Scriptures: Example Teaches Louder Than Words

Years ago, when we brought our first baby home from the hospital, my mother-in-law gave me What to Expect: The First Year saying it was the closest thing to a parenting handbook. It is true, these little ones don’t come with a book of instructions, but with the touch of a few keys, we can… Read More Parenting Advice from the Scriptures: Example Teaches Louder Than Words

Motherhood

Motherhood and Fatigue

The pharmacy cashier asked what my relationship to the patient was. “I’m her mother.” I was picking up some prescription pain medication for my daughter who was at home with my husband and still super emotional from one of the general anesthesia meds she’d received. Just an hour earlier she’d been medically oblivious as 9… Read More Motherhood and Fatigue

Book Reviews, Motherhood

The Magic of Motherhood: A Book Review

I don’t remember how I stumbled across Ashlee Gadd’s beautiful internet space she’s dubbed Coffee and Crumbs, but I do remember it was love at first sight. The site’s essays are poignant, hilarious, inspiring, and faith-filled. I read about a birth mother’s forever-love for the child she’d place for adoption, a mother’s mixed emotions over seeing her baby grow up, another mother’s insightful essay on raising bicultural children. The essays run the gamut of what it means to be a mother and – for me anyway – Coffee and Crumbs is a sacred place. When I saw Ashlee’s announcement regarding the debut of her book The Magic of Motherhood: The Good Stuff, the Hard Stuff, and Everything in Between I knew I had to get it.… Read More The Magic of Motherhood: A Book Review

Motherhood

I Was Never Meant to Be a Mother

Sitting in the waiting area of my daughter’s pediatrician’s office, I was surrounded by two mothers who were breastfeeding their babies. I reflected on my own breastfeeding experiences and was reminded that if formula, bottles, and sanitary water hadn’t been developed, both my girls might have died in infancy. I was also reminded of my… Read More I Was Never Meant to Be a Mother