• Money Management

    Cha-Ching for the Flat-Broke Wifey

    “The most noble profession.” I liked the sounds of that. It was what my hematologist called my job when I told her I was a stay-at-home mother. It’s not often that the role of “Mama” elicits such an honorable response, especially from someone whose profession requires years of education, credentials and expertise; but I’m grateful that God has given me the opportunity to raise my son. In an hour where it is nearly impossible for so many to make ends meet on a single income that should be considered a tremendous blessing. I have to admit that while I love and appreciate the incredible fulfilled dream of being a stay-at-home…

  • Ministry

    Children’s Book Release: WHO IS GOD?

    If there is one topic on this earth that I am passionate about, it is this: The Character of God. When I was little, a general guide to prayer was issued to my Sunday school class that has, in its simplest form, aided my prayer life ever since.  The tips learned back then were a useful tool for the lacking attention span of childhood and remain so with the weighty distractions of adulthood. The formula was simple. Worship, praise, intercede, request, worship. At some point, I inquired what the difference between worship and praise was. The answer seemed simple enough. Worship is thanking God for Who He is. Praising, is…

  • Parenting

    The Only One for Me: Mixie Bottle Review and GIVEAWAY!

    Is it possible to fall in love with a bottle? I’ve fallen in love with a bottle. I mean, seriously. It’s real folks. Every time I look at it my heart bubbles over in giddy excitement.  This bottle has changed EVERYTHING. A couple of weeks ago I told my husband that being a mom makes me want to be an inventor. When your entire world suddenly revolves around a tiny little human on a three-hour countdown, and everything you’ve ever done now takes four times as long as it used to, it doesn’t take long to spot the inefficiencies of baby products. My mind is constantly wondering why some things…

  • Parenting

    The Formula Stain

    “Are you breast-feeding him?” That seems to be the question of the hour. Usually, I don’t mind. It’s a point of conversation for most people, and if you’re a friend, I’ll open up to you about it. But sometimes, it’s a loaded question, and on this occasion, the elderly stranger crinkled up her nose in disgust when I responded almost apologetically, “No…” I shouldn’t have felt the need to respond with shame, but I felt the judgment coming. At that moment, her reaction collided with my post pregnancy hormones, and left me with threatening tears. With a simple look, she heaped guilt and dishonor upon me. Her disfigured countenance offered…

  • Life as a Wife,  Parenting,  Prayer,  Pregnancy,  Uncategorized

    The Power of a Prayer Request: Zane’s Arrival

    It’s been two whole months since my son made his dramatic and premature entrance into this world. It’s hard to believe time can pass so quickly –that the little 3lb. 10oz. boy in the NICU is now a 9 pound “newborn” according to his adjusted age. As days have turned into weeks, and weeks into months though, nothing has struck me more profoundly than the amount of prayer that went up on our behalf. I know this because not one single day has passed where a person hasn’t walked up to me, or called me, or sent a card, or texted me and said, “We were praying for that little…

  • Character,  Featured,  Money Management,  Uncategorized

    In a Pair of Wal-Mart Sneakers

    Moseying through Wal-Mart the other day my eyes landed on a familiar pair of sneakers. A feather light pair of gray men’s shoes with velcro fasteners, priced at a mere $14.00. Recognizing them immediately, I picked them up off the shelf and held them for a second. They felt just as cheap as they looked. I couldn’t imagine them holding up through any normal day to day routine. There could be nothing comfortable or even safe about them, especially for the rigid daily grind of the man I knew that wore them. Maybe it was the pregnancy hormones, but suddenly, I was overcome with an immense wave of love and…

  • Money Management,  Uncategorized

    Why Coupons Aren’t All That

    Mark and I had a little spat in February. Before you scoot up on the edge of your seat, eager to be filled in on such juicy private details as marital conflict, I’ll tell you up front: It wasn’t that big of a deal. I mean, for real. The forty cents off four cans of Campbell’s condensed soup wasn’t that big of a deal. Sorry if you were expecting something more dramatic. The truth is, Mark and I generally don’t fight. A deep level of respect for each other and the combination of two very passive personalities makes conflict almost non-existent in our marriage. This couponing fiasco is one of…

  • Parenting,  Pregnancy

    Dear Zane

    “His name is Zane Benaiah. I will know him as Benaiah.” Those were the words God spoke to me as I struggled to comprehend the news your father had just spoken to me. I had been unconscious for the majority of the last five days, waking only long enough to plead with the hospital staff for more pain medicine. In that time frame, there had been diagnostic tests with radiation, brain convulsions, unbelievably violent vomitting, scads of narcotics and opiates to ease the most excruciating pain I had ever felt in my life, and I hadn’t been able to eat or drink a thing to support a little growing life…

  • Character

    He’s Worth It

    I smiled to myself when I heard a newly married wife recounting the immaculate breakfast she made for her husband. Heaps of sausage and bacon, scrambled eggs, waffles and orange juice. She spoiled him and he glowingly bragged about her efforts and kitchen talent. It was the most darling thing to witness. Of course, I’m total mush at the sight of new love. I absolutely adore the reckless abandon and devotion two people can have toward each other. It’s a beautiful thing, and I think we should strive to maintain that level of love and intimacy in our marriages long after the newness of matrimony fades. I was a little…

  • Infertility,  Miscarriage,  Pregnancy

    Healed from Infertility: Our Rainbow Baby

    I can’t explain the despondency I was feeling around the beginning of October. As we crept into the beginnings of the month, I was anticipating what would have been the first birthday of the baby we lost, and thinking a lot about what may have been. My husband and I had been going to a specialist for infertility since January and every trip yielded more depressing facts. When one problem improved, another unraveled. Here it was… October…. and if it didn’t work by November, the next step in the process would have required procedures my husband and I object to. I knew that in four weeks, I would hear the…