Dear Teacher, My husband and I have spent 5 years building up our daughters self-worth-- telling her she's amazing, happy, a good leader, friend, person, and lots more. We've worked diligently at making sure her tiny ego is developed with armor comprised of unconditional love, realistic expectations, positive affirmations, and focused confidence in her and her abilities. We recognized early … Continue reading A Letter From Mama Bear
Over the years I have written about many of the wonderful and troubling experiences of our family. Yet, to be completely honest, you are only seeing half of the story. The unspoken truth behind my writings is that I have an incredible partner in life, Chris Boyts. As today is Father's Day, I thought that … Continue reading A Tribute to My Husband on Father’s Day
Everyone who has entered into the bond of marriage knows -- marriage is difficult! Life has a way of kicking the crap out of you when you least expect it, and learning how to navigate these hard times with a significant other can be tricky, especially if you don’t put the time and effort into … Continue reading How to be a Warrior-Wife
Cliché notwithstanding, social media in all its forms is the ultimate double-edged sword. One edge blessing and one edge cursing. Whether we like it or not, it is here to stay, and it’s growing, so the trick is to embrace the blessing. When it comes to youth ministry, embracing the blessing is not always an easy … Continue reading How Healthy Social Media Habits Can Strengthen Your Youth Ministry
Note to self: As a wife I have the opportunity to create a home that either supports or crushes my husband. I can make our house a haven of rest and peace, or a place of anxiety, struggle, dissension. I can choose to be affirming or critical. I can teach my children to honor and … Continue reading Note to Self: I choose my husband
Why does God allow evil and suffering? There are no words to describe the anguish felt by those who encounter suffering. There are so many tragic stories, so much pain. And many people ask the question, “Why? Why did God allow this?” This has been a heart-rending couple of years for my home-state of Colorado. First … Continue reading Evil, Suffering and God
One of the most monumental and unforeseen obstacles I have faced as an adoptive parent is how to prove my love to my adopted child. This issue seems to be made more complicated by the fact we adopted him through the foster care system as a preteen. Adopted children struggle with feeling connected, loved, a part … Continue reading How do I prove love to my adopted child?