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  • What happens when we date our son (or daughter)

    This past week I experienced one of my most precious moments with my son, Cal. Cal is almost ten and I can barely stand the thought.  It feels like he was born yesterday and yet he is entering into double...
     
  • I can’t but you can

    We are four weeks into summer – the first summer in which I decided not to enroll my kids in many camps other than our church camp which is this week. It seemed like a good idea at the time....
     
  • I give my child the thing he most desires

    Three spent boys curl their bodies up under their comforters, surrendering to the exhaustion from the hot summer day. I place the Jesus Storybook Bible back on the shelf, thankful that God’s word is alive and powerful and these boys...
     
  • What kind of mom forgets her son’s end of year party?

    I was sitting in a coffee shop enjoying the company of a good friend and a scrumptious gluten free brownie when I got the text. It was 2:26 p.m. and the text read “Just a reminder about the 1P party...
     
  • are you feeling not quite…..enough?

    Do you see how many pages I’ve tagged in this book? You should see the number of sentences I’ve highlighted. This book has rocked my world.  And I was so thrilled that Jennifer said “Yes!” when I asked her to...
     
  • the significance of the title “father”

    I don’t know if he knows it. I don’t know if he sees it. I don’t know if my husband feels all of the gratitude and love I carry in this little heart of mine for the father that he...
     
  • The Pressure is off!

    A recent conversation with my husband reminded me just how much pressure we put on ourselves as parents to raise virtuous kids. It all started with Mike pointing out how our own kids struggle with so many of the things...
     
  • “Me too” ~ A letter all mothers need to read

    A very wise friend recently said to me, “It’s hard to need and it’s even harder to admit our need.”   So just maybe, ….. what you most need from me is what I most need from...
     
  • When perfection was my goal

    After one heck of a fun book tour we are back to real life (not that real life ever stops, of course). But before I tell you all of the things I loved and learned on book tour (which was actually...
     
  • to be alive is to be broken – and why that’s good news

    There are rare days that I don’t want to end.  Tuesday was that kind of day. I just wanted to soak up every last minute of the launch of Parenting the Wholehearted Child. In case you missed it (which would...
     
  • unachievable perfection and unconditional love

    The more I lay bare my own battle with perfection, the more stories I hear from other moms who fight the same battle. If you’re feeling the pressure too, I want you to know you’re not alone. I want you...
     
  • god doesn’t have a jellybean jar

    One of the hardest things about parenting is admitting our powerlessness. We want to believe that if we get it right, our children will turn out right.  So we put immense pressure on ourselves to be perfect parents and...
     
  • Join me over at Courtney Defeo’s Blog today!

    If you’ve spent time reading through some of my posts, it’s likely you’ve noticed how much I love Courtney Defeo’s heart and her amazing ABC scripture cards.  These cards are literally all over my house.  They are an awesome resource...
     

Welcome!

I'm so glad you're here, because if you're anything like me, this whole parenting thing makes you a little weary, and on most days you're pretty sure you aren't qualified for the job. So I hope you'll stay a while and join me in discovering how to raise wholehearted children .

I want this to be a place for your soul to encounter grace, so you won't be getting any "do more and try harder to be a little more perfect" kind of lists here.

I want this to be a place where you know you will always hear this message woven into our conversation - “Because of Jesus, you are unconditionally loved - not the future, better version of you, but the you right now, just as you are.”

And I want this to be a place where you'll continually discover how to make the transforming love of God the foundation to how you lead and love your kids.

My prayer is that you'll always leave here not only inspired to parent a wholehearted child, but also reminded of God's wholehearted love for you!


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Parenting the Wholehearted Child

What happens when parents and children alike learn to live from the freedom found in being wholeheartedly and unconditionally loved (and liked!) by God.

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