The Strongest Woman in the World

#strongmama

The strongest woman in the world is not the best athlete in any sport.

The strongest woman in the world is not the one who has hiked Mount Everest or swam across the English Channel.

The strongest woman in the world is not a political figure with power and prestige.

The strongest woman in the world is not the owner or CEO of a large company with limitless wealth.

The strongest woman in the world is not the most famous celebrity with a huge following and many admirers.

No, the strongest woman in the world lives in the house where I grew up in a little town in South Carolina. Continue reading “The Strongest Woman in the World”

One Simple Prayer to Help My Child Be Brave {Max Lucado Book Review w/ Giveaway Link}

#maxlucado #childrensbook

I suppose if there were a “Mount Rushmore” of Christian authors, Max Lucado would be among the faces immortalized there. I’ve read his books for years and when he ventured into authoring children’s books, it was inevitable that I would one day read them to my future children (and I do now to my son). His gift with words is unmatched by any other writer and has encouraged so many people over the years.

Therefore, when the opportunity presented itself to review his latest children’s book, I’m Not a Scaredy-Cat, I lunged at it with complete abandon. Not only would I have an amazing book to add to my son’s growing collection, but just the idea of being able to review a Max Lucado book delighted me.

(Psst…if you’ll stick with me, there is a chance later in this post to win a FREE copy for a child you love.)

This is a sponsored post, meaning that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  Continue reading “One Simple Prayer to Help My Child Be Brave {Max Lucado Book Review w/ Giveaway Link}”

A Day in the Life of a Sensory Kid

#sensoryprocessingdisorder
Feature photo credit: Marian Ashley Photography

My son was identified about a year ago as having SPD. If he could tell his story, I imagine it might be something like this:

Hey, I am five years old and this is kind of how my day goes.

When I wake up in the morning, I may or may not have slept well, depending on how much was going through my brain and whether or not the melatonin tablet worked this time. There’s a chance I may have woken up during the night and climbed into my parents’ bed. I may have gone back to sleep there or stayed away for hours with my mind racing and my body wanting so badly to get up and move.

My mommy and daddy try to keep me in a routine so that I can get things done in the morning. I have to make my bed, eat breakfast, and get dressed before any screen time or other activities. Otherwise, I get so distracted I may not be able to get these things done. Some days it’s very easy to do these things and I do them quickly. Other times, I don’t know why, but it’s hard to make my body obey my mind. It may have something to do with how well I slept but I’m not sure. Sometimes it’s just different. Continue reading “A Day in the Life of a Sensory Kid”