When Your Choices Hurt Your Children

Several years ago, I chose to finally get the help that my first marriage needed. It didn’t end well. It didn’t end with reconciliation, despite the prayer and time and efforts of many, many people. It ended with a separation that ended with a divorce that broke apart...

My Sweet Little Blended Flying-Away Family

Last summer, one month after we got married, I messed some things up. Richard and I went to Michigan with my two kids.  With just my two kids. Because my kids and I had been going to Michigan for six years and I believed the tradition should continue for their sake....

What I Want My Kids to Know

My daughter and son have left for college, which means I am of course thinking about all the things I hope I’ve told them, things I pray they know, things like: Figuring out who you are – who God created you to be – is a lifelong process. Spending...

Goodbye, My Babies, Goodbye

Just over twenty years ago, I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, my first child. Less than two years later, her baby brother came into our world. For twenty years, those two human beings have been my focus, my priority, my heartbeat. I am not the best mom. I’m...

Pick Your Battles

Anyone who thinks that the moment the judge bangs his gavel is the moment your problems with your ex-spouse are all over is – and I say this gently – delusional. Especially those of us who have children. But we cannot fight over every single thing.  As hard as it will...

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