Where Grief and Hope Collide

I’ve been struggling through what words to even use after such an atrocity as we witnessed in Florida this last week. Such grief. Such devastation. Such senseless death. My heart aches along with all of yours at the evidence of such blatant evil. Confirmation of sin nurtured and nursed in a ... [Read More]

I Didn’t Actually Lose Myself

When we believed God was leading us to adopt in 2009 after the last of our first four kids were born, we did not believe God was asking us to foster adopt. We prayed about it for nearly a year, asking Him to show us the path we should take. As we did so, we couldn't get past the sense that our ... [Read More]

More Hugs, Less Yelling

We’re just going to get this all out here at the very beginning: This last week has not been my best week. I’ve lost it more times than I can count with my kids. Sad, but true. I mean, most of the time I can juggle a full schedule and the swirling tween/teen emotions in our household with a ... [Read More]

I Know You Don’t Want to Be Changed

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. // Ezekiel 36:26 Most mornings she woke with the intensity of a firecracker. There was no adorable baby babble or sweet calls for mama coming ... [Read More]

Living With Invisible Boxes

They're always there. The beckoning lists. The waiting tasks. The glaring undone. It’s this crazy accumulation of things I allow to fester and multiply, hovering at the back of my mind. The things I know I need to be doing … or would like be doing. It’s an unconscious buildup of to-dos that keeps ... [Read More]

He’s the God of Seasons

“You’re the God of seasons, I’m just in the winter. If all I know of harvest is that it’s worth my patience. Then if you’re not done working, God I’m not done waiting." — Seasons // Hillsong United I spent a lot of time in 2017 feeling super frustrated — I was impatient for progress with a few ... [Read More]

His Glorious Doing and the Undoing of Me

For some, January brings joyous shouts for fresh beginnings, goals and dreams. And normally I would jump into the let’s-plan-it-all-out boat. Grab your 2018 planner, pencils and pens, and whoop whoop, let’s get this party started! But this time around, the new year has had a different effect on ... [Read More]

A Letter From Us to You

  For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. // Isaiah 9:6   Dear friends, We at The Masterpiece Mom want to wish you the most ... [Read More]

A Prayer for Us All This Christmas Season

Not gonna lie. I’m one exhausted mama bear. You too?! I mean, for real. This time of year is oh so fun and oh so special, but it can be downright draining at times too. Just checking my email makes me tired. And my guess is that right about now your Inbox looks a lot like mine – a bulging, ... [Read More]