Preserving Memories

I finally got around to organizing our keepsakes. I don’t know why it took me so long to start the project because once I began, it really only took me a few hours and now I am finished and it feels great to be able to check that off my list. Most of my keepsakes were already in boxes, so I just needed to sort through them. I have a box for Jack, a box for Aidan, and a box for me and Phillip. I simply went through the boxes and grouped the cards and keepsakes by year or event or church or … [Read more...]

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.

Last night I fell into bed declaring that I need a two week sabbatical from motherhood. Phillip looked at me in such a way that his face showed that he was trying to think of how he could do something like this for me and then I worried that he would really try to make it happen and that I would be so lost and alone without my boys that I wouldn’t know what to do with myself and that all I really needed was a good night’s sleep. "The memories of home and of her children rose up in her … [Read more...]

Desperate Book Study {Chapters 5 & 6}

Chapter 5: When the Dark Invades Depression. Something that many women struggle with but no one wants to admit to it or talk about it, especially in Christian circles. I applaud Sarah Mae and Sally for going there, and bringing this topic to the table for discussion. Depression can be such a strange thing. One would think that depression is only caused by sadness or dissatisfaction with one’s life, but for me, the darkness tends to be brought on by physical and mental exhaustion. If … [Read more...]

Desperate Book Study {Chapters 3 & 4}

Chapter 3: Formulas Don’t Always Work I LOVED this chapter! It really spoke right to my heart. I am a woman who loves formulas, and very much likes to live inside the box. It’s safe in there. Neat and clean. But once I became a mama, I realized that there wasn’t just one formula. There wasn’t just one box. There wasn’t just one opinion. There were thousands upon thousands and they were coming at me from every side. From parenting styles to discipline strategies to education … [Read more...]

Desperate Book Study {Chapters 1 & 2}

I am so excited that this day has arrived! I have been looking forward to reading Desperate since I first heard about it several months ago. This is one of those books that begs to be discussed, and I am thankful for the opportunity to discuss it here with you. Chapters 1 & 2 are full of so much insight that there is no way I could ever cover it all, so I am just going to highlight the parts that spoke most deeply to me. Chapter 1: Ideals and Going Under “When it finally dawned on me … [Read more...]

On Finding God in My Kitchen

I sat down at my computer multiple times last week to write, but ended up staring at the blinking cursor on the screen. Tapping out a few words, backspace, backspace. Close. Don't save. Shut screen. No words coming to mind. So this is writer’s block, I think to myself. No words come to mind because all that I can think of is food. The Bible says to not worry about what you will eat or drink. But what if your child has digestive issues? What if certain foods cause your little one … [Read more...]

Desperate {An Intention Meets Grace Book Study}

I hold these pages, words of Sarah Mae’s and Sally’s, that are a gift to every mother, that welcome mothers everywhere out of hiding and loneliness and into a fellowship of sisters and mentors, that will make you feel not alone, that will make you feel that there is real God-given hope. -Ann Voskamp, New York Times best-selling author of One Thousand Gifts “I just can’t be a mother today.” If you’ve ever whispered those words to God in quiet desperation, you are not alone. That is why I … [Read more...]

On Dreams and Motherhood

Both in the world of ministry and the world of blogging, there is a lot of focus on growth. Growing your numbers, growing your platform, growing your influence. I have a little secret to share. In both worlds I oftentimes feel like a bit of an under-achiever. I have no grand dreams or any tangible goals to jot down on paper. Oh sure, I would love to write a book someday or be asked to speak at an event. At least, I think I would. Because that is what every minister and blogger wants, … [Read more...]

In which I am a Desperate Mom

I find that one of the best feelings in the world is that moment when you realize that you are not alone in your struggles with a particular issue or in your feelings on a certain topic. Whether the realization comes during a conversation, or as you are reading a book or a blog post, that feeling of relief accompanied by the words “Me too!” is one that is very freeing. Because it is at that point that we no longer feel that we have to hide the truth of how we feel or what it is that we are … [Read more...]

Dear mom, what you do matters to God.

If you haven't seen this beautiful video that my dear friend Sally Clarkson made to encourage moms, please take a moment to watch. Oh, you might want to grab a tissue first! Have a beautiful weekend! Always, Amanda … [Read more...]

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