REVIEW | Motherhood Without All The Rules

Motherhood often “feels like both too little and too much,” according to Maggie Combs. Not only do I have to agree with this sentiment, but I think it summarizes the feeling I often struggle with most on a day-to-day basis. Many of us moms try our best to remain faithful to the belief that motherhood…

Dear New Parent: You’re Allowed To Change Your Mind

If you’ve followed us on Instagram, you will have noticed over the past several days that we are in the process of transitioning Iva into her own makeshift nursery (our big walk-in-closet, really) and beginning the Taking Cara Babies sleep training program. I don’t think any mom who has informed herself of her options and…

Moving, Motherhood, and Other Hard Things

Our pastor in Virginia told us a few weeks ago, “There is no ‘tired’ like ‘new parent tired.’” Add a sudden cross-country move and a global pandemic on top of that, and the result is a complicated mix of tired, angsty, lonely, and generally just stretched. I think stretched in particular describes most of what…

Children, Culture, and the Church

With each passing year spent on this earth – and there haven’t been many years for me yet, which makes the matter even more disturbing – I realize more and more just how extensively the culture around us has influenced the American church. One of the biggest reasons why this influence has been undisturbed for…

I Don’t Become A Homemaker By Becoming A Mother

There is such a nasty inclination in the heart of women to create cliques and set up hoops for one another to jump through. Throughout my entire life, I’ve been very conscious of the reality that there will always be a female figure close by (or two, or three) who will push me to reach…