notes from the overwhelm

Y’all, I’m over it. OVER. IT. Not my little people- they’re fabulous, if maddening. I’m over everything else, though. July has been a hell of a month for me, and I’m whooped. My husband left for a ministry thing for a week and a half, which is more than I’m accustomed to handling with four …

Katherine’s fifth birthday

Hello, darling! I just reread through last year’s letter, curious how things have changed in the last 365 days. Mostly, you have become more you. And I know that’s how it goes, but it’s fun to see you become. You are a delight. You’re full of fire, light, spunk, and determination. There is might and sweetness. …

love him anyway

I had the privilege of reading an advance copy of Love Him Anyway in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are all mine.

Abby Banks is a busy mama of three. Then one morning her youngest, at seven months old (that’s my youngest’s age now), woke up paralyzed. This is the story before and after that morning as the Banks family (and Abby in particular) fought for a new normal within what is, rather than what should be.

dear mama… (when you’d rather be doing anything else)

Hey, friend. I see you. You love your babies. They’re cute. They’re hilarious. They’re delightful. They’re maddening. They’re smart. They’re determined. They’re expressive. They’re so difficult. Some mornings you wake up and see the things that need to be done and the bellies that need to be filled… and filled… and filled again. You see the …

they draw me smiling

(photo credit: Sarah Lewis) I’m not the Super Fun Mom. I am not, in fact, a super smily mom. I’m super sensitive, easily overwhelmed, and have, in the last couple of years, been prone to depression and anxiety in ways I haven’t dealt with since before my oldest was born. I am pretty much winging …