It was 8 a.m. and my husband and I were the first ones to arrive at the doctor’s office. His secretary had called the day before and asked if we could come in before the other scheduled patients that day to discuss my husband’s ultrasound results.
I had done my homework and was armed with every possible diagnosis I had hoped it might be—including the ones I prayed it wasn’t. The latter won. Continue reading “The Blog I Was Afraid To Write”
Sometimes I’m almost afraid to wake up. Afraid to look at my phone and see the AP alerts that have come in overnight. The ones that talk about devastating storms that literally wiped out islands, massive earthquakes, terrorist attacks, and endless political turmoil. Continue reading “Not Today, Devil”
Before having my first child, I read everything I could on labor and the birthing process. I practiced my breathing techniques. I had a music playlist to keep me focused and an oil diffuser to keep me calm. I was ready. Or so I thought. Continue reading “Hurts So Good: Pushing Through The Pain”
Feeling tired already? Me too. In fact, I’m pretty sure I have this T-shirt in five different colors—one for every day of the week. But take heart, friends. When you dig deep, there’s something good waiting for you on the other side.
And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint. – Galatians 6:9 (AMPC)
So keep pushing. Keep moving. Keep up the good work. In doing good, your efforts will never be in vain.
In the third grade, I was a sassy little know-it-all. I flaunted my intellectual prowess over the other students like a lord over his plebeians. I honestly don’t think I meant to be so elitist, I just hadn’t learned to reign in my enthusiasm. But there was one girl—let’s call her Tonya—who was about to call me out on it. Continue reading “The Power Behind Your Words”
First, let me set the record straight. I’m not here to give any parenting advice. In fact, I welcome advice from those seasoned in the field. With a 20-month-old daughter and a baby boy still hibernating in my belly, I’m still very much a rookie mom—with the only major dramas in my life to date being blowout diapers, spit up and the occasional tantrum.
But I do have something to say about mothers. I had an amazing mom. I am a mom. I have friends who are moms. But none of that qualifies me to be a mom.
Continue reading “Five Qualities Every Mom Should Have”
Written by our special guest blogger (and fabulous sister) Kelly Nguyen!
Movies have always been a part of my world, thanks to my dear Mom. In fact, some of the most important moments or seasons of my life can be perfectly captured by a movie quote, scene, or, in some cases, the entire film. Continue reading “Your Life’s A Movie…But Which One?”
On a crisp, cool, rainy day in April, my husband and I made vows to love each other for the rest of our lives. Our theme, like so many couples, came from the famous “love” chapter from the Bible—1 Corinthians 13. We read an excerpt at our ceremony, engraved it into our wedding bands and had it framed by an etsy artist, which now hangs beautifully above the dresser in our bedroom.
Recently, on our anniversary, I felt it was time to take inventory. Was I loving him—really loving him—the way I promised I would? If I substituted my name every time the word “love” appears in this passage, would it still ring true? Continue reading “How Well Are You Loving Others?”
I’m a type A person – which most of the time translates as: I can stay focused and power through projects on my “to-do” list for as long as it takes to accomplish the task.
In terms of productivity, being a type A is a great asset. The downside however is that when you do come off the power high, the crash and burn effect is spectacular. Most of the time, I’m so focused on getting the job done, that I often miss the signs of weariness and impending doom until after it’s happened. Continue reading “Restoring Your Soul After A Crash And Burn”