There was a study done in the 1960’s that’s now commonly referred to as “the marshmallow test.” You may wonder how the marshmallow test relates to waiting on God, but give me a minute. In the study, children were given a marshmallow and told they could eat it immediately or wait fifteen minutes to receive an additional … Read More about What to Do When You’re Waiting on God
I am not well traveled. I’ve been to like 10 states and Mexico. But as I think back on my life, some of my fondest memories are of trips I’ve taken. As you could probably guess, they’re not all fabulous trips to amazing places. Some great trips have simply been to my grandma’s house for … Read More about Take the Trip
If you search Amazon for “graduation gift,” you will get 20 pages of keychains, cheesy books, jewelry, and knick knacks like this graduation angel. So trust me when I tell you this list is the best of Amazon’s offerings for a graduation gift. Or don’t. Scroll through the endless pages of subpar graduation gifts until … Read More about Chips Picks: Graduation Gift Ideas Plus a Free Wall Art Printable!
“Make sure to have your children in the fall because everything in life will be easier for them if they have fall birthdays.” This nugget of wisdom was bestowed upon me when I was seventeen years old. At the time, it seemed completely irrelevant since I was still in high school, unmarried, and not … Read More about Should You “Redshirt” Your Kindergartner?
I invited a friend to a social gathering recently, and when I told her the location and venue she said she won’t have fun if her kids are bored. I was shocked. I wasn’t shocked because of the bluntness of the suggestion. I was shocked because worrying about my kids’ boredom had never even crossed my mind. … Read More about Why I Don’t Care if my Kids are Bored
Amazon has about a billion different items for sale. This is a bit of a nightmare for me. I like to weigh my options very carefully before making a decision. For example, I have been trying to decide between a satchel, messenger bag, and a briefcase from Saddleback Leather for 17 months, and I am … Read More about Chip’s Amazon Picks: Mother’s Day Edition
When I was seven months pregnant with our fourth child, our third child was only 18 months old and still wasn’t consistently sleeping through the night. This sleep deprivation coupled with some general life stress and a discovery of a love of iced mocha frappachinos led my husband, Chip, to begin buying a coffee every … Read More about Why I Love My Broken Coffee Pot: One Small Way to Reduce Debt
It’s 11:00 in the morning, and I feel super guilty. All I’ve gotten done since dropping my kids off at Parent’s Day Out almost two hours ago is a 30 minute jog and a shower. As I sit here looking around my living room, there are no less than twelve loads of clean laundry that … Read More about What My Two Year Old Taught Me About Guilt
In America, seven people die in house fires every day. Seven people every day. This is an incredibly frightening statistic to me because home fires are often completely unpreventable. There are some things we can do to help prevent them like emptying lint screens and cleaning off cook tops, but I am not an electrician or mechanically … Read More about Drills to Run with Your Kids: House Fire
When our first daughter was born we were living eight hours away from my family, my husband was in seminary, and we were both working full-time jobs. We were in the process of renovating our home and I was about to make a career change. To say that it was a difficult season of life, … Read More about Ten Ways to Help a Mom with a New Baby
I love adoption. I love everything about it. I love the joy of finding a forever home for parentless children. I love the excitement of a family bringing in a new member. I love hearing adoption stories. I love that adoption is the best physical representation of what God did for us by making us … Read More about 10 Tips for the Adoption Process