My arms lift and love through every grand gesture and mundane task of motherhood, of which there are many. And it’s not just my arms that have acquired strength. It’s all of me.
Posts in the "Getting Through Hard Times" category:
Many of us are fighting a lonely battle as mothers of depressed teens. You may also feel angry, confused and uncertain about what depression now means for your family. But with the right treatment and support, you can help your teen through depression.
A lot of people would say differently, but surely Thomas Paine was actually talking about moments of mothering mayhem when he penned the words, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Right? I’m sure of it.
The juxtaposition of my experiences with two women in the library was clear. One saw me struggling and offered only judgement. The other stepped in to help in every way she could. Through even small acts of service we can encourage and uplift each other in powerful ways.
Why am I trying to be like other people when I am me? I am the person my husband and children need. I have talents, abilities, and goals that make me unique and special, just as you do. To compare myself to others lessens my value.
I can’t say I’m grateful for all the ups and downs we’ve had. But I can say I’m grateful for what our not-so-easy love has taught us. It’s taught us the value of simple, faithful, dependable togetherness. The kind that doesn’t give up—it grows up.
I’m in an overwhelming season of life, and it’s okay. I don’t need to fix my life. I don’t need to change myself. But I do need to change something.
There have been many times as a mother when I have experienced mommy burnout. While mommy burnout is probably most acute during the years when there are infants and toddlers in the home, I’ve learned that burnout can occur at any stage of motherhood.
This week we are bringing back one of our earliest podcasts—Finding Joy When We’re Barely Surviving, which stemmed from this question from a mom in our community: “How am I supposed to find the joy in motherhood when all I can do is keep my head above water? I am barely surviving, let alone thriving!” […]
We all want to be successful in our vitally important role as mothers. But how do we know if we’ve done a good job when no one hands us a trophy, we don’t get graded, and there’s no performance review or pay raise to confirm our success? How do we keep from feeling like failures […]
Are you outlasting the challenges of motherhood? Or is your endurance in need of some work? As mothers, we need to remember that we are built for the long haul—to outlast the hard moments, days, weeks, and years we have before us. We are built to last.
My experience with bed bugs taught me a profound lesson in compassion and humility. We all have our daily battles. Some are more severe than others, yet each one is valid.