When was the last time you were happy excited overjoyed to wake before the dawn? It's an often heard exchange between my husband and I, that when I reference an early time in the morning like, 4:30 a.m. or 5:45 a.m... that he will reply, "I don't know what you're talking about. There is no … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: before daybreak
Are you living by your priorities or opportunities? (This seems to be one of those times when the best place to start is the hard part no one really wants to face, me included.) How many times a month, week, day do you say things like: "I meant to be there... but something came up." "I … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: living by your priorities or opportunities?
It's okay if this story has you laugh at me. Lily laughed when it happened. Well... actually first she stood behind me, likely with an incredulous look on her face, and quizzically asked, "Uh... Mom... What are you doing?" Truth be told, you'd think she would be used to me taking pictures of things that … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: these aren’t my aisles any longer…
Raising a Child Changes YouRaising a child changes you in ways you probably can imagine... like learning to function on little to no sleep, developing an incessant desire (or aversion) to speak in rhyme, adapting to handle kid puke and poop without vomiting... you know, the basics. Then there are the ways being a parent … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: “My child…”
Oh my littlest ladies. Interrupted routines are particularly rough on our tiny girls. First there was illness that stole their energy, interrupted sleep, and made even eating difficult. Then, just as they were recovering, the unexpected school closings meant everyone was home for a couple extra days. And the weather was very, very, very wet … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: discipline
"If I'm not ready and willing to talk with you about the sins in my life, then I say nothing regarding the gospel of Christ." This... let me tell you, this statement... it has to be one of the hardest statements I've wrestled with for a while as God is working the truth of His … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: ready and willing… to do what?
Sometimes there aren't enough Facebook buttons to properly express my reaction. No, I'm not talking about when I'm angry. Though there are plenty of times that the angry face just doesn't cut it. How does hitting a crying face emoji suffice in expressing true sadness? Come on now, that surprised face doesn't have the jaw hanging … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: bringing what was hidden in the darkness into the glorious light
Do you know that public speaking ranks near the most common fear? Nearly 25% of people report a fear of it, making Glossophobia perhaps the most common phobia. And yet... most of us have to speak in front of crowds of some sort from a Public Speaking class in High School to giving an announcement in … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: when you have to face things you’d rather not…
"What is something I say all the time?" That's one of those questions floating around those facebook questions lists you're supposed to ask your spouse or your children. I've seen some cute answers from "Go clean your room!" to "I love you." Whatever the true answer may be, the thing we say all the time … Continue reading Wednesdays with Jillene: “Do not be afraid”
How do you follow up Christmas? That’s the question I asked myself as I prepared to give a message at church on Sunday. During Advent and all of December we build towards that pinnacle moment as we celebrate on December 25th. And then what? How do you follow Christmas? As I penned the words, "How … Continue reading Wednesday with Jillene: live loved to live love