Book Review: Anchored by Kayla Aimee

I have so many friends writing the most amazing books, y'all! Last week I got to tell you about a book that hit me square between my perfectionistic eyes.  If Amy's book was like a conversation with a good friend, Kayla Aimee's new book, Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected*, is like peeking into the journal of someone you already adore. Anchored is the story of a preemie mom. But really, Anchored is the story of every one of us. Whether our circumstances have led us to 156 days in the ... [Read More]

Dear Weary Mom, You Are Chosen!

 "I wish she was my mom.  She's so much fun." It's the death blow on a mom's heart.  I'd love to laugh it off and say every child feels that way at some point.  That may well be true.  But even if it is, it doesn't take the sting out of knowing my child feels that way. I want to be her first choice. I want to be the mom she would choose if she could.  I want to be the fun mom, the wise mom, the caring mom, the always-amazing mom. But I'm really not. I'm the mom who regrets something from ... [Read More]

Dear Weary Mom, You Are Known!

Dear Weary Mom, Sometimes it feels like if I wore a name tag it would simply say, "C's mom."  I shuttle her from dance practices to cheerleading meetings.  I write checks for youth camp and buy her favorite snacks.  Her friends are not even sure about my name, reminiscent of the time on the playground in preschool when the one of my girl's friends said, "Um, Miss C's mom, could you push me on the swing?" That day, on the playground, it was cute.  I felt like I'd gotten my first merit badge ... [Read More]

Do You Have a Sticky Table in Your Life?

Ever read something and think, "I LOVE that!!"  Recently, I found a quote that fits in that category for me. The great motherhood friendships are the ones in which two women can admit how difficult mothering is quietly to each other, over cups of tea at a sticky table with spilled apple juice and littered with markers without tops. Anna Quindlan  So, so true!  We need those people who will come alongside us during these days of mothering, friends who will share both our burdens and our ... [Read More]

Motherhood Requires Sisterhood {why we can’t do this alone}

"Don't take it personally," my wise friend told me.  We'd been talking about the challenges of parenting teenagers and I was picking her brain since her girls are older than my own. "You've taught her well.  Trust that," said the mom I called when I was terrified I'd failed in spiritually training my daughter. Here's the deal: we need each other!  Motherhood is a full contact sport and it demands more than we ever have to give.   Join me today on the Allume blog and let's chat about why ... [Read More]

Celebrating Our Girl

This weekend we'll be celebrating!  Another year of dance completed.   The girl has been in dance for 8 years now and we have loved watching her progress.   She's becoming quite the performer!  And I think she's pretty beautiful!! So tonight we'll go out to to eat and buy a new outfit for the end-of-year dance that happens after her recital.  Tomorrow we'll watch her dance and wonder how she got so big.  I'll be the one with the goofy big smile on her face as the tears stream down her ... [Read More]