My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

When You Get Motherhood Wrong

I could feel it slipping through my fingers. Any hope of the person I wanted to be falling away as my voice got louder and my fists clenched tight by my sides. This wasn’t how I wanted motherhood to look. This wasn’t the mother I wanted to be. I could give you plenty of examples […]

Fill ‘Em Up: Filling Your Kids with Truth

We’re taking a break this week from our Church series to chat books & parenting. Today, we’re talking parenting and how we fill our kids with God’s truth in a messy world. This parenting gig is hard. Can I get an Amen? I love parenting. I really do, and I may or may not have […]

The Gift that Won’t Be Wrapped (A Note for My Kids)

Dear Kids, I know you’ll be happy this Christmas. The lights and the gifts and the family fun. You’ll love it. Probably. Mostly. I mean, you’ll enjoy parts of it. Because here’s the thing. I know you’ll be disappointed, too. Not in a rude, disrespectful way, but in a quiet, deep in your heart way […]

How To Have The Best Summer Ever

I’m watching calendar days fly by, and I’m filled with equal parts excitement and dread. Our family routines will all change in just a few short weeks when spring becomes summer. And let’s not kid ourselves into thinking this starts on June 21. No, summer starts around here the moment the kids are done with […]

Why Choosing Me Was The Least Selfish Decision I Could Make

Laying on the paper covered vinyl exam table I stared up at the ceiling pretending I was anywhere else. The doctor came in and we made small talk above the muzak, all the while pretending things were not about to get incredibly personal. We caught up since last years appointment about the kids and work […]

Have I Failed As a Mother?

I watched my child with my head tilted to the side. I couldn’t understand the behavior. It was beyond what I thought would happen. I know I’ve made mistakes, but I wasn’t prepared for this. I suddenly realized, watching my child, that he was his own individual with innate characteristics and free will to make […]