Marriage, Kids, and So Much Touch

Sharon Family, Marriage 10 Comments

It was the end of a long day, and I was exhausted and ready for bed. I crawled under the covers, pulled them up to my chin, and let out a long sigh. Our youngest son was five months old, so I breathed in the peace and quiet. No children were crying. No babies needed holding. No diapers needed changing. It was nice. My husband …

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Meet Coen, Our Brave One

Sharon Family, Parenting 4 Comments

Hey y’all! I have been so anxious to get on here and tell you about the newest member of our family: Coen! It’s hard to believe Coen has been with us for a whole week–he was born February 16–but he is just the best. Super cute, super easy, super cuddly–our hearts are full! For those of you who prayed for …

A Terrible Mother’s Day Message

Sharon Family, Parenting 3 Comments

Sunday was my first Mother’s Day as a mother, and I was really looking forward to it! Ike had planned all sorts of fun things throughout the day, and I couldn’t wait to celebrate the coming arrival of our little boy. I woke up, got ready for church, picked out a pretty spring dress that accentuates my growing baby bump …

Prioritizing Marriage and Motherhood

Sharon Family, Marriage, Parenting 8 Comments

I’m not gonna lie, until recently I thought the phenomenon called “pregnancy brain” was a myth. Then I got pregnant, and now I just can’t use my brain the way I did before. This handicap has manifested itself most prominently in my inability to write. It’s been very difficult for me to gather my thoughts and think creatively. Thinking is …

Marriage, Family, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Sharon Family, Parenting 10 Comments

Want to hear something interesting? Over the past few weeks I have been reading about the history of education (that’s not the interesting part), and I began to notice a strange trend. For a significant bulk of Western history, philosophers have agreed that an essential goal of education is the formation of ethical people. Until somewhat recently, everyone from Plato …

Missional Tunnel Vision

Sharon Evangelism, Family, Social Justice, Women's Ministry 4 Comments

This month I’ve been wrapping up my summer schoolwork with an independent study of feminist theology, and I have really loved it! My research has been educational, thought-provoking, and personally challenging, which is exactly what I was hoping it would be. As I have explored the history of feminism and its relationship to Christian theology, I’ve noticed a significant historical …

What I Have Learned from My Dad

Sharon Family, Parenting, Seasonal 0 Comments

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once praised the influence of her father, saying, “I just owe almost everything to my father [and] it’s passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.” I love this quote because it …

Is Cleanliness Really Next to Godliness?

Sharon Family, Ministry, Parenting 1 Comment

The only reason my apartment is clean right now is because my parents came to visit this weekend. About 12 hours prior to their arrival there were books strewn across every table surface, and dishes piled up in the sink. And while I normally HATE to live that way, it was the end of the semester and my husband and …

Parenting: Word v. Example

Sharon Family, Parenting 2 Comments

Right now I’m taking a class on theories of Christian Nurture, which essentially examines how people are led into Christian discipleship. We started by taking a look at how Christian parents raise their kids, and I’ve learned a LOT in the process. As someone who one day hopes to have kids, I feel like I’m taking a crash-course in parenting! …