Caught Between Tired and Tears

Caught Between Tired and Tears

The man made a remark about my overflowing grocery cart I carefully maneuvered to the checkout line, hoping something wouldn’t fall off. “I used to do this every week,” I replied, matter-of-factly. I’m still thankful I get to grocery shop...
7 Truths When Your Child is a Missionary

7 Truths When Your Child is a Missionary

My family and I recently returned from a mission trip in Monterrey, Mexico, where our daughter, Jenna, is a full time missionary. She went on a mission trip her junior year in high school and spent Christmas Day at an orphanage in Mexico. When I read her senior...
Why Moms Cry at Graduation Time

Why Moms Cry at Graduation Time

I wrote the following article two years ago, the summer before I started writing Fledge. It’s for all you moms who have graduating kids.  I’m the mom of a high school senior. For the third time. Being an experienced parent doesn’t lessen the emotions that...
20 Truths about Your Kids Growing Up

20 Truths about Your Kids Growing Up

I checked my phone in the middle of the night. There were only social media and email notifications. Not what I was looking for. What I was looking for was a “Thanks, Mom, I love you,” or at least an “I love you, too” from my older kids no...
5 Tips for Busy Moms in the Fledging Years

5 Tips for Busy Moms in the Fledging Years

I fell into bed at night, feeling like my head was pinned against a wall and there was no way out. The next day would be the same—up at 5:30 am, get the baby sitter, get the kids to school, teach high schoolers, rush to a volleyball game, help kids with homework, get...