10 Lessons Learned from Motherhood

10 Lessons Learned from Motherhood

Here comes Mother’s Day! So lately I’ve been thinking on Mom stuff. Motherhood is such a journey. There are books galore about what to expect before you become a mom, and how to do it once you are a mom. They tell you how big he is at week 12—about the size of a plum,...
When you want to parent differently than your own parents

When you want to parent differently than your own parents

25 years ago, Gary held our first newborn, Travis. He swaddled him in the baby soft blanket, tenderly kissed him on the forehead, and whispered, “I love you,” as he laid him down in the cradle to sleep. That may not seem like anything extraordinary for a father to do...
10 Things Mom Gave – that I want to keep giving

10 Things Mom Gave – that I want to keep giving

Giving. That’s the word that describes my mom. With Mother’s Day coming up, I’ve been thinking about her a lot. It’s the fifth May that I’m remembering mom instead of celebrating with her. I’ve joined many of my friends in this tender place of reminiscing. That’s how...
3 Tips for the family in changing seasons

3 Tips for the family in changing seasons

It’s my turn in the backseat. We’re halfway home on an 18-hour road trip back to West Texas from the Tennessee Smoky Mountains. Our college sons are in the front now—one drives while the other plays the music. I’m enjoying the scenery from the back. The pear trees...
When life gets out of control and fear creeps in

When life gets out of control and fear creeps in

Do you feel afraid of what’s ahead? Maybe it’s changes that you’re anticipating—a new season for the family, new job, new commitments. Or maybe it’s the old that you’re afraid of. You’re afraid the old problems will stay the same and you can’t handle them much longer....
Tips for Football Moms, from a West Texas homecoming queen

Tips for Football Moms, from a West Texas homecoming queen

The black and gold streamers dance in the wind around town as if they hear the cadence of the drum line. I can almost hear the drum cadence myself. The streamers proclaim to the city that it’s Abilene High School’s homecoming week. But for me, the streamers stir up...