My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

What I Learned Through Labor

There are all kinds of labor and every one can teach us something. Don't miss these 5 things from My Ink Dance

Despite the fact that its been over 9 years since I’ve been in that position, and at the risk of alienating my 5 male readers I can finally wrap my head around things. I’m not sure what’s taken me so long, but the feelings have never fully left me. The emotions are so intense. More […]

How Awesome Will Your Summer Be?

Having an awesome summer is possible with this simple change!

Summer is the great playtime of the year. It’s like recess; a break from the responsibilities. Except when it’s not.  I find myself holding this idea that summer should be FANTASTIC and FUN and SUN. But there’s still laundry and cooking and vacuuming. The bills keep coming and the everyday-ness of life still happens.  How […]

How Doing Less Helped Me Do More

Do you ever feel like you have so much to do and you can't get anything done? Maybe the secret is easier than you think! Find out how doing less may be the answer to help you DO MORE!

It sounds all wrong. We think about how much we want to get done. The go, go, go, more, more, more spinning around us, and we try to add one more thing. I know because I’ve done it, for years. And it was the very thing making me feel like a failure. I was tired […]

Too Good Not To Share

It’s easy to get lost in the negative in this online world. The news leaves us twisted and social media can leave us green. Perfect pins can make us wonder if we’re ever going to be enough and emails scream for our attention. In all this noise, I still believe there is good out there. […]

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

Having an awesome summer is possible with this simple change!

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 […]