I’m tired. I have too much going on. I have no energy for this right now!

These are the words that are echoed in my head several times a day lately. All my children test the boundaries like all others. At any given season there’s one that manages to test my patience often and in  just the right way. Lately is been my oldest daughter.

Yesterday evening, when one of the brothers came with one more complaint, I immediately did what comes natural. I put my daughter on a time out. I was so frustrated and exhausted.

As I walked away this time I felt the need to take a mental pause.  I’m realizing that, although I address the behavior with a punishment, I may be missing  valuable opportunities to disciple.

In my exhaustion I am not taking the time to address the condition of her heart. Sending her to bed is quick, taking the time to converse and unpack God’s word in relation to her behavior takes time. 

My prayer today and in the days moving forward is for more wisdom and strength. 

Lord, give me the wisdom to identify the moments I should dig deeper and go further. Give me, Lord, the strength I need to get it done.

Use my effort to help further mold my child’s heart to glorify You.  

No Textbooks Needed

We are currently moving into a new home and everything is packed. All of our books and curriculum are still put away. Still, this week has been full of learning opportunities!

At our weekly Co-op my five-year-old was intrigued to see her new friend communicating with her mother in American Sign Language. She learned for the first time of this amazing way people communicate and even learned some words in sign language. She thought her new friends some words in Spanish.

Today my boys spent the morning in a nature class learning about monarch butterflies. My older child spent time doing what he loves most. He spoke with a naturalist about Salamanders, asked lots of question, and even got to touch one! He LOVED that!

He is now (as I wrote this) in the “field” observing amphibians in their natural habitat.

In my efforts of igniting a passion to and love of learning I rarely resort to textbooks.

In my 13 years of parenting and 7 years of homeschooling what has serve me best has been experiences. My children’s curiosity has been best nurtured and encouraged by their interactions with people, exploration of the world around them, and exposure to new thinking and ideas.

I encourage engaging people of different backgrounds, professions, and experiences.  Ask questions. Learn from others!

I can’t think of a better way to truly encourage real socialization and lifelong learning!

“I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” (Albert Einstein)



Every month I will be joining Brian & Kathleen on Moody Radio Cleveland to share practical tips on maximizing your influence on your children.

Click and listen to this month’s program. I talk about how to raise the next generation of leaders, why it’s so important to raise leaders, and how to identify teachable moments.


I started noticing my own prayers recently and considering my time with the Lord. I definitely need the times of confession, thanksgiving, and praise and to come to my Lord with my supplications.

I’ve  been missing a key part to intimacy with Him. I noticed I was not spending some of my time with Him in silence. There is so much depth and intimacy to be experienced by learning to just BE STILL in His presence.

I am trying to make it a practice to spend, even if 5 minutes a day, LEARNING to quiet my thoughts. This has always been difficult for me. My mind is always running!

Learning to truly listen to His Voice or just enjoy silence in His presence is a delight. It has affected so many areas of my life. In moments of crisis or insecurity, I find it so much easier now to stay in control. Instead of worrying about the “what ifs” of an uncertain future I am learning to stay present, be still, and hear His direction. 

The moments I spend in silence are some of the most powerful of my days.

Pray with me,


I thank You for the privilege I have of approaching You any time I need, in prayer. To be able to commune with You and have such intimate access is a miracle in itself. Help me see the simplicity and profoundness of this time I have the honor to enjoy. I get to pour out my heart to You and be transparent. I can rest in the knowledge that You can know me and love me perfectly.

Lord, life can get busy and noisy. Help me be intentional and proactive in making time to slow down and seek Your face. Teach me Lord, how to quiet my spirit, daily, even if for a few minutes. Remind me to slow down and be present. There’s so much power in the moments I choose to be still, quiet my mind, and listen. It is in these moments that I can hear what You want to say to me and what you want to do through me. Learning to listen will maximize my effectiveness for Your Kingdom.

As I am learning to do this, help me not make a burden out of it. Learning to really be silent is a lifelong practice and a sweet journey that leads me to closer to You.

In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen


imag5923One of the best things I can give my husband and children is a relaxed, vibrant, healthy, centered, energetic wife and mother. The time and energy spent on taking care of me is an investment into my family and not a selfish pursuit.

Starting my day as early as possible is one of my greatest assets as manager of my home, wife, and mother. There are 4 things that are essential for me to do during the day so that I wake up with energy and enthusiasm:


Before transforming my morning ritual I acted as if drinking sufficient water throughout the day was an option and even a luxury. One manifestation of dehydration is fatigue. I not only want to start my day early but I also want to have the drive to conquer the tasks and priorities of my day. Being intentional on helping my body perform at its peak is paramount. This moves drinking water up the list of priorities.

Doctors say we should drink half of our body weight in ounces of water per day. To help me do this several things have helped:

  • One of the first things scheduled in my morning routine is to drink one full glass (10oz) of water, with lemon. This is also when I take my vitamins.
  • Throughout my routine I work on drinking a total of 20oz, so that before noon I have consumed half of the days required amount.
  • The quality of water we drink makes a difference. Recently I am getting natural spring water from an artesian well. Water at its most natural! I used this site to find a natural spring water well near me.  IMAG5908

Whole Foods

Every time I feed myself is my opportunity to nourish my body. I am trying to be more mindful of this as I CHOOSE the foods that I purchase and bring into my home (still working on it). My goal is to consume foods that are as close to its natural source as possible. I love purchasing my fresh eggs at a local farm. The kids love seeing the chickens that we get our eggs from. I also love making yogurt as a “comfort food”. I’ve shared the recipe on how to make yogurt here. I make it from scratch using organic milk. Homemade yogurt has so many health benefits. Making it at home also helps me control the ingredients (i.e. sugar). There are many other ways to improve my diet. My goal is to transform my diet one change at a time.


Working out is a scheduled time in my morning ritual, BEFORE the kids wake up. One of the benefits of exercise is that it boosts your energy. I LOVE using Fitness Blender for my workouts. Their workouts are FREE on their site or on YouTube. I purchased the workout plans ($5-$10). This helps me know what the routine of the day is. Every day is something different and the cover everything from yoga, pilates, HIITS, and weight training.

I love working out at home because I don’t have to deal with childcare, getting all the kids out of the house, weather, etc. 30 min, and workout is DONE! Regardless what you use to exercise the goal it to move every day. Raise your heart rate! On days when I don’t have time for my workouts I jog with my kids while they bike ride.


I’ve always been adamant on my kids taking their scheduled nap time. Recently I have learned that they are not the only ones that can benefit from it! Michael Hyatt has a great post on “5 Reasons Why You Should Take A Nap Everyday”

Most days, around 2pm, I take a power nap (20-30min). I am amazed at how a short nap can power the rest of my days! Yes, I have 6 kids, so I know you are wondering what I do with the kids to make this nap possible LOL My 2 year old always takes a 2 hour nap at 2p. The older ones are required to have at least 1 hour of quiet time. They can use it to play a quiet game (alone) or read a book. Quiet time is something we all need!

Finally, a powerful, vibrant morning starts with a good night time routine. I will be sharing shortly what my night time routine looks like…so far!

What’s your favorite energy boosting activity?