Tag Archives | Family Uncaged

Defining Moments of Mothering

Like all mothers, I have struggled with feeling inadequate. Sometimes the struggle for me has been titanic. I’ve let the worries absorb me like the waves of an icy sea. But the Lord saw fit to send me many, many life preservers. One was through my friend Heidi. She visited us for a week when […]

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An Omelet Made for a Queen

I didn’t know how this Mother’s Day would be celebrated. In France, they don’t celebrate it on the same day, and Patrick is out of town, so he can’t rally the troops. So, I woke up with sounds of scurrying feet, then the clanking of pans. A half hour later, my sweet children came into […]

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Flower Funeral

Today at dinner, Aidan asked Julia, “How was your flower funeral? Heartbreaking?” “Yes, it was sad,” she said. “Yeah, but Julia, it doesn’t really matter, does it? I mean, there are lots of red flowers in the world,” Aidan said. “Not exactly like this one,” she said. It reminded me of the brevity of life […]

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here comes the sun

We’ve had beautiful days–days that warm me right down to my frozen toes. I just want to tell Jesus thank You. Thank You for the sun. Thank You for the warmth. Thank You for my family. Thank You for the giggle of children outside my writing window. Thank You for life, that my lungs fill […]

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Mother’s Day Gift

Mother's Day Gift

In one month, we will celebrate Mother’s Day. While this is a joyful holiday given in tribute to those who gave us life, it can be painful for others: Those dear women who struggle with infertility. My friend Sandi wrote a wonderful book called The Infertility Companion that can offer practical and spiritual help in […]

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I’m Back!

I’m back! After two grueling but wonderful weeks in the US, I am back on French soil, elated to see my husband and children. What a wonderful gift they all are to me. Isn’t God good? In Texas, I spoke around a dozen times to groups in our church, updating folks on our lives in […]

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Ordinary Mom, Extroardinary God and The Mother Load: What’s the connection?

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Yesterday, February 1st, Harvest House released Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God officially. Those interested in buying it can go to a local Christian bookstore and request it, or go here or here or here. Another book released by Harvest House in conjunction with Hearts at Home is called The Mother Load by Mary Byers. I had […]

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Missing American Mom Hugs

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Here are Julia and I waving as shadows on an Italian beach rock. Funny how free I felt at the moment I snapped the shot! And how encumbered I feel today. And lonely. The feeling came as I stood outside Julia and Aidan’s schoolyard, waiting for them to come bounding out, clad in new jackets […]

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Extreme Life Makeover

Patrick and I cried through an Extreme Home Makeover episode a few days back. Some dear folks from our church in Texas taped several episodes for us, knowing it was our family’s favorite show. This particular show was about creating a safe home for a family whose parents were deaf and whose youngest son was […]

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No More Fishbowl Parenting: Prepare Your Kids for the Ocean!

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It seems it’s become the job of parents to protect children from the world, insulating them from its negative influence. But does over-protection serve our children? Granted, it is our job to provide haven-like homes—the kind a child is wildly enthusiastic about returning to. We should be wary of strangers. We should preserve our children’s […]

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