What If I Stink at This? Confessions of a Brand New SAHM

sahmConfession time: I had always wanted to be a mom who works outside the home. Even when I was young and had dreams of being a wife and mother, I just always knew I would be one of those moms that had a career and picked my child up from daycare or a babysitter every day. It’s what I had always planned.

It’s funny how looking into the eyes of a chubby, innocent face just changes your whole way of thinking.

Really even when I was still pregnant, I began to explore the possibility of being home with my son. It just wouldn’t work for us. I was employed full-time. My husband and I were co-breadwinners. I even carried our insurance at my job. It just couldn’t happen.

A lot has occurred between then and now, but four-and-a-half years later, here I sit. In my kitchen. At just before 8:00 in the morning. And I have nowhere to go. I am a stay-at-home mom.

And I have some fears. Some big fears.

What if my discipline doesn’t work?

What if we get bored?

What if it hurts our bond to spend so much time together?

What if I get too overwhelmed with caring for him, working at home, and keeping up the house?

What if I miss adult companionship?

What if he misses child companionship?

So. Many. Questions.

Bottom line: What if I stink at this?

“Now may the God of peace…equip you with everything good for doing his will…” – Hebrews 13:20-21

I have no doubt that this endeavor is a calling from God. He is the One who led me to this place. Would my precious Father bring me to a situation and leave me to go it alone? Would He allow me to fail?

Those are the questions for which I have a definite answer. He said it right there in Hebrews. He will equip me to do what He’s called me to do.

Does the unknown frighten you? Are you afraid to walk into what He has for you because you don’t know if you’ll be good at it? Or if you’ll even survive?

I have many doubts about my own abilities. But I have zero doubt in the ability of my God to do all things in and through me.

Truthfully, the first day of this new adventure was not completely smooth. I messed up. He messed up. The nap attempt didn’t work. There was a scene at Chick-fil-A. I couldn’t get all of the cleaning done that I had planned. But I had peace at the end of the day.

Because yes, I may stink at this. But my Heavenly Father is good at everything.

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Mini Vacation on the Cheap: Our Long Weekend in Pigeon Forge

mini vacation cheapLet me just start out saying…I love to travel! I love the planning, the preparation. And the LISTS! Oh, how I adore the lists! So, in that spirit, I thought it would be fun to use FUN FRIDAY to talk about some of the trips we’ve taken or plan to take, and some little tips I’ve picked up along the way. I’ve been to foreign countries and across this country during my travels, but one of my favorite things to do is go off for a long weekend (aka mini vacation) with my family.  Another thing I love is to save money while doing so. Continue reading “Mini Vacation on the Cheap: Our Long Weekend in Pigeon Forge”

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How to Walk on Water: When a Step of Faith Becomes Real

step of faithWell, this is it, folks. This week is my last. About 11 weeks ago, I turned in a long notice at my job. It’s probably the craziest thing I’ve ever done. (And I’ve ziplined through a rainforest in Nicaragua despite being deathly afraid of heights.) While it was a step of faith I knew I needed to take that doesn’t mean it’s been easy.

Truthfully, it’s been pretty terrifying. Continue reading “How to Walk on Water: When a Step of Faith Becomes Real”

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When You’ve Blown It: Five Ways to Overcome a Mom Fail

mom fail“Every single day, I’m late for work because you won’t do what I’ve asked you to do! Every. Day.”

Our mornings are not always spectacular. It’s great when my son is compliant and obedient. It’s perfect when the dogs behave as they should. It’s amazing when my hair does just right and I pick out a good-fitting outfit the first time.

But let’s be real. That doesn’t happen most of the time. And mainly because the dogs don’t understand anything I say, my boy can sometimes bear the brunt of my frustrations.

I hate those times. Continue reading “When You’ve Blown It: Five Ways to Overcome a Mom Fail”

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Review: Five Sensory Toys that Work for Us…or Not.

sensory toysIt’s Fun Friday on my blog! Sometimes I will stray away from the main theme of my blog, faith and family, to do something off-topic. This week, I’m going to talk about some of the sensory toys we have bought for my son, who has Sensory Processing Disorder. (You can read about our journey on my blog here.) Continue reading “Review: Five Sensory Toys that Work for Us…or Not.”

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A 21-Day Challenge to a Stronger Faith

21-Day Challenge to a Stronger FaithMy family and I were watching the animated movie “Prince of Egypt” a few nights ago. If you aren’t familiar with it, it tells the story of Moses from the time he was a baby in a basket until he led God’s people out of Egypt. (It uses some artistic license and fudges on a few details, but is basically the true story and is a very entertaining movie, with a fabulous soundtrack.) When it got to the part about the burning bush, I turned to my husband and said, “Wouldn’t it be nice if we could receive messages from God that clearly?”

As I thought later about that statement, I began to see that maybe He was giving me those clear messages, even if the shrubbery wasn’t on fire. Continue reading “A 21-Day Challenge to a Stronger Faith”

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Five Days in Paradise: My Bahamas Trip Review (Day 1)

Five Days in Paradise: My Trip to Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort BahamasHello, friends! I’m straying a bit from my usual inspirational-type blogs to do something a little more fun! As you may have already read in an earlier blog here, my husband and I recently returned from a trip to an all-inclusive resort, Sandals Royal Bahamian.

I wanted to share a few more details about our experience – the good (most of it), the bad (well, a little), and the ugly (mainly just consisting of sunburn and sickness). Continue reading “Five Days in Paradise: My Bahamas Trip Review (Day 1)”

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Enthralling the King: Finding Our Worth in the One Who Made Us


“Let the king be enthralled by your beauty…” – Psalm 45:11

Let me be complEnthralling the King: Finding Our Worth in the One Who Made Usetely real with you right now. I’ve never thought of myself as beautiful. Even as a child, I was the tomboy who never cared that much about what I wore or what my hair looked like. I had two best friends growing up and I always thought they were so beautiful. I was the frumpy one.

I had many other good qualities, which I realized even back then. I was smart and made good grades. I was creative. I was always involved in sports, yearbook, drama, chorus. I knew that I could sing well from the time I was little. But physically attractive? Nah. Continue reading “Enthralling the King: Finding Our Worth in the One Who Made Us”

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Being Audacious: Why Aren’t We More Bold in Prayer?

Being Audacious: Why aren't we more bold in prayer?
Do you ever sometimes wish you could be more like your children? I’m not talking about grown-up children. I mean the little ones. And not just in the child-like faith that Jesus talks about in Scripture.

My little guy is bold. He has absolutely no trouble asking for exactly what he wants. (Seriously, he is precise. “Mommy, can I have three gummy bears, please. No, two. No, three. Yes, three gummy bears.”) Continue reading “Being Audacious: Why Aren’t We More Bold in Prayer?”

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My Papa and His Sunday Morning Victory: The Hope Found in Easter

My Papa & His Sunday Morning Victory: The Hope Found in Easter“It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed…” – Luke 23:44-45a (ESV)

I have to admit to you that I don’t have the greatest memory known to man. But there are certain events, and even particular moments, I remember from the distant past that are as real to me as if they had happened yesterday. One of those moments was the morning that Papa Henry died. Continue reading “My Papa and His Sunday Morning Victory: The Hope Found in Easter”

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