Christmas Service Calendar (for your little narcissists)


Well, this is the year. The year my almost three-year-old has finally gotten wise to the fact that Christmas = presents. For the first time, he’s started actually asking for things. This conversation happened the other day:

B: Mommy, what do you want for Christmas?
Me: Aww, well, I’d like a–
B: I think you want Legos.

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Slippery Thighs & Sunday Lies

I had the opportunity to write once again for Just 18 Summers this past week. Check out an excerpt below and consider exploring and the great parenting resources you’ll find there!

Slathering vegetable oil onto my two-year-old’s leg while he screamed in perfect unison with my three-month-old wasn’t exactly how I’d envisioned the start of my Sunday morning.

This is the day the Lord has made, I recited in my head. I will rejoice once my kids stop screaming.

My Sunday morning fantasy goes as follows: I wake up gradually, body well-rested and heart ready to worship. My children are smiling and obedient, my outfit looks great, and no nursery workers call me out of the worship service to come get a screaming baby.

Believe it or not, vegetable oil and frantic children never appear in these fantasies of mine…

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How to Stop Toddler Tantrums: a foolproof guide that always works some of the time


If you’ve never been on the receiving end of a toddler tantrum, imagine that a small drunken person is screaming at you about illogical things like the injustice of having to drink out of a blue cup instead of a red one, or having to wear clothes when leaving the house or not being allowed to play with knives or climb inside the oven or maintain a diet of nothing but Teddy Grahams. Then imagine that every logical response you give that drunken person is reciprocated with tears, screaming, snot, and, my personal favorite, “going boneless” and writhing on the floor as one who is possessed.

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When God Says No

woman in depression and despair crying on black dark

Have you ever prayed something so intensely, wanted something so badly, that it took over, that it completely consumed you?

And God said no.

It was a resounding no. A painfully firm and final no.

A seemingly senseless, purposeless, and graceless no.

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Baby Girl Nursery (On a Budget!)


I’m 39 weeks pregnant and SO READY to meet our daughter! When we found out we were having a little girl, I was shocked, to say the least—and so was the rest of our family given the running streak of 5 grandsons and 0 granddaughters! I’m still not really sure what we’re going to do with a girl and all the stinkin’ cute dresses and ribbons and bows we now have, but I’m sure we’ll figure it out. 🙂

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A Choice That Changed the World


A baby was most definitely not in her plans. Not like this, anyway.

What about her future? She was just a teenager. Still a girl. How would she explain this to her family? Would they understand? Would they believe her?

How would she explain this to him? She couldn’t hide it forever. And he would know the baby wasn’t his. Would he believe that she hadn’t done what all evidence said she had done?

This baby was going to change everything.

An Unplanned Pregnancy Changes Everything

Although we can’t know for sure, this young girl probably asked the same panic-filled questions that many women ask when learning they are unexpectedly pregnant. There was one thing that set this teenager apart, however.

She’d never been with a man. Not once.

You guessed it. We’re talking about Mary, the virgin who supernaturally conceived and gave birth to a son named Jesus. And not only did this child change everything about Mary’s life, he also changed the world…

Check out the rest of my blog at Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center’s website. 

Merry Christmas!