"Life Beyond the Picket Fence"

Life, Faith & Parenting Beyond the Storybook Image

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Brenda blogs weekly on life, faith, and parenting beyond the storybook image. She also writes for 10 to 20 Parenting, Choose Now Ministries, and Whatever Girls. Join her and the not-so-perfect community by subscribing at Life Beyond the Picket Fence blog or reading

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Meet Brenda

Brenda loves people, God’s Word, and her Savior. Her passion is communicating hope, truth, and encouragement when life doesn’t fit the storybook image. She’s a counselor, parenting coach, teacher, wife, and mom. Join her on the picket fence journey.

Meet Brenda



Brenda speaks throughout the country on life, faith, and parenting. Weather it’s a keynote, retreat, conference seminar, professional development, or a MOPS group, she tailors material for the needs of the group. Learn more about her topics. 


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6 Considerations for Raising Girls in a Digital World

I smiled, listening to my friend talk about her tween daughter and her daughter’s...

An Open Letter to Middle School Parents

Dear Mom and Dad of Middle Schoolers, This summer, I’m passing the torch to you. My...

Obey or Compromise?

Tucked away in 1 Kings 13 is a story you don’t want to miss. It’s about a...

Father’s Day: I Am the Farmer’s Daughter

Today’s Father’s Day. I’m sharing the message my daughter wrote to her...

16 Year Old Boy and The List

This article is reposted from one of my earlier blogging days.   I just sent my 16 year...

10 Things to Know About Parenting Girls

I was Christmas shopping for my sons at an outlet mall. I have two teen boys and a...

5 Reasons to Reclaim Quiet

Every once in a while, I pull back, escaping the chaos and busyness of life. Two or...


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