A friend once said, “I was really good at parenting before I was a parent.”  That was probably after I said something like, “I used to be laid-back.  I don’t even know what that means anymore!”

It’s true: parenting is not for the faint-of-heart, and no matter how much we try to fight it, it’s gonna be messy.  I have come to realize I was in denial about the realities of these facts before I was a mom.  Perhaps that is some sort of “survival of the species” mechanism, designed to keep us humans procreating.

OK, I’m only kidding – partly!  Children are beautiful, wonderful gifts; they make life rich, funny, adventurous and full of love.  Amazingly, they also carry inside them the ability to present people with a choice about whether they will keep living for themselves, or learn to love others more than themselves.  What makes raising them so challenging is that they are also shrimp-sized lessons on the nature of the human heart, and they become mirrors to us of our own souls.

I started this blog as an avenue to look beyond the day-to-day mundanity, trials, messes, and endless work of being a parent and remind myself of the deeper meaning of it all.  To look farther than my own walls and try to make more sense of what’s going on in the chaos.  I write, not because I feel I am better at this than anyone else, but because I have so much to learn.  Writing helps me learn.  I welcome you to join me on the journey!

“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.  Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!”

(Psalm 127:3-4)

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