The Power of Things that Will Last

A couple of weeks ago, after I had shared my testimony in church, one of my former Sunday school teachers sent me a card. Like a real card in the mail. I can't even begin to explain how much it meant to me that she had taken the time to encourage me and share what my story had meant to her. My family is full of note-senders. My dad wrote me letters every week for my first year of college. I have stacks of cards and notes from my grandmothers, aunts, and others. There is something ... [Read More]

A Letter to the Ones Who Will Skip Church on Mother’s Day

You're already dreading it. It feels like too much to ask. I get it. I've been there. All I could think about from May 1st was my desire to skip church on Mother's Day. For several years the second Sunday in May was the hardest day of the year for me. More than once, I didn't want to go to church. More than once, I wouldn't have if my husband wasn't in ministry. I want you to know something—it's okay to stay home and mourn the child you are missing. Maybe you've longed to hold a baby ... [Read More]

Need Great Gift Ideas? Check out Eleventh Avenue!

{This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.} We've entered the season of gifts around here ... bridal showers, weddings, graduation, and Mother's Day are all in the next two months. And, if you're like me, you want to find the right gift at the right price. Enter Eleventh Avenue. I love their boutique finds at incredible prices. {Remember the adorable plaid/polka dot scarf from this past fall?} Since the products are priced ... [Read More]

5 Gifts She Will LOVE for Mother’s Day

Looking for a great Mother's Day gift? Or anniversary gift ... or birthday gift ... or "I love you because you are amazing" gift? I've spent a few days gathering up some ideas for you {or for you to share as a subtle hint}.  Let's face it, Mother's Day is a great opportunity to show the moms or aunts or grandmothers {or women who have loved you well over the yeas} how much they mean to you.  But, the truth is, sometimes we just don't have time to scour the interwebs or local boutiques for just ... [Read More]

Happy Mother’s Day!!

For all the women who mother ... by birth, through adoption, through child sponsorship, through teaching, through surrogacy, through simply loving the children (little and big!) God has placed in your path From my heart to yours ... thank you! Happy Mother's Day! For more thoughts on motherhood, may I invite you to read "For the Mothers," a tribute I wrote a few years ago.  My "Dear Teri, Love Teri" series is also filled with gentle words of encouragement and grace for mothers everywhere.  Or ... [Read More]

For the Mothers … All of Them

As Mother's Day draws near, may I share from my heart a piece of encouragement? For the Mothers For those who have longed for a child of their own and will stay home from church today because it's too hard - may your heart be cradled by the God who LOVES you. For those who mourn the child they have lost - may your tears be captured the God who SEES you. For those who are bleary-eyed and exhausted from late-night feedings and too-early cries - may your strength be renewed by ... [Read More]