Mother’s Day Gifts, or Why I Never Get What I Want

My kids all have “Gift Giving” as their language of love. I do not. They love birthday gifts and Christmas gifts, special treats during the week, little surprises on a shopping trip.  And as they’ve gotten older, they also like giving gifts.  So as my birthday and Mother’s Day came 2 weeks apart, “What do you want?” became an ongoing refrain. “Obedience.” Many eye rolls.  “No!  What do you really want?” “I really want obedience.” More huffs, puffs … [Read more...]

Extraordinary Miracles and Ordinary Wednesdays

Losing a child is every mother’s biggest fear. It’s a fear that Laura Clark faced on February 27, 2002, when her two-month-old son Wesley was found in his crib, not breathing. Despite emergency workers' every effort, he died of SIDS at 1:06 that afternoon. Laura and her husband, Colby, were devastated, but throughout it all they felt God’s grace and love. They were utterly humbled a year later when, despite the odds, Laura delivered a healthy baby girl on February 27, 2003, at 1:06 … [Read more...]

I cannot stop thinking about Whitney.

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Everyone else may have moved on, but I cannot stop thinking about Whitney. I've been unable to sleep several nights as I lay awake thinking about her.  I get distracted in the middle of Spanish class only to realize I am thinking about her. I can't stop thinking about Whitney, and about how wrong it is that she is not alive. It's just wrong, and I can't stand it.  I want to turn back the clock, pour her a cup of coffee and sit with her through the dark night.  Because things can get … [Read more...]

Knowing Their Frames

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Recently, one of my children accused me of wanting her to be perfect. After the initial denial, I realized she was right. Mamas are supposed to hold the standard high, aren’t we? If I do, maybe they won’t fail in life. Maybe they won’t suffer through the school of hard knocks like I did. Instill some discipline, establish healthy eating habits, set them on the straight and narrow and they’ll turn out okay. Or so goes the thought. But tucked somewhere in all the … [Read more...]


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