School Pick-Up

September 25th, 2014 by Ruth

Today I walked into the school (J in tow) and a teacher stopped me and he said, “Excuse me, are you N’s mom?”


Uh oh, I braced myself. Here we go again.


He introduced himself and said, “I just wanted to tell you what happened in my P.E. class today.”


I put on my concerned face and was ready.


And then he proceeded to tell me a funny story about how he had the class come up with words that started with “P” and kids were saying things like “pat” and “pin” and “pen”. And then N bursts out with “PENNSYLVANIA”.


And that was it. He just wanted to tell me about it because it delighted him and he got such a kick out of N.


Meanwhile, I am still standing there, realizing that I have been holding my breath the whole time, heart pounding, and I’m trying to bring myself back to earth. Because this teacher just wanted to tell me a funny story about my kid and thought I would get a kick out of it too. I quickly tried to switch gears and come up with a laugh.


Standing In The Gap

September 2nd, 2014 by Ruth

I feel like as a mom, there is never enough time to pray for everything. The moment I wake up to the moment I close my eyes to sleep. As I pack school lunches, drop and pick up from schools, changing diapers, singing Veggie Tales in the car, picking up toys, reading bedtime books, brushing teeth and washing faces. As I make discipline decisions (while taking deep breaths myself), having serious and silly talks in the car, all the hugs and kisses and tickle fights and board games and art projects and Legos…

I feel like even when I douse all that in prayer, it is never enough, it is constant and all encompassing. My yearning for the eternal for my children is like an appetite I can never satiate on this earth. So I keep praying. And praying.

Haircut Prayer

August 14th, 2014 by Ruth



This morning’s haircut — because he was anxious, we took turns praying beforehand, and he prayed,

“Dear God, thank you for the haircut and me being brave. Amen.”




August 3rd, 2014 by Ruth



The LORD your God is in your midst, He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.

Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT, ESV)