God has a sense of humor

So. Apparently being an aunt to 10 amazing nieces and nephews didn’t qualify as enough research for writing an Apocalypse Survival Guide for Kids.

13 months ago, I began an incredible, life-changing journey. It kicked off with 3 pregnancy tests confirming I did not in fact have the flu!

4 months after the birth, (aka, the Red Push, which was an *event*) I’m beginning to think God meant “Survival Guide *to* Kids.” (For days that feel like the end of the world… and the beginning of a new one.)

Parenting internship: Year 1

What a beautiful, breathtaking, blessed journey. I would not trade it for the world. And we are just getting started!

Setting expectations (low)

I can’t promise regular updates. I have a small child and a job. Also, I treasure sleep. 🙂

I can’t promise perfection. I do promise honesty. I do promise real, (read “messy”). And hopefully a few laughs along the way.

I promise God is good. I know He brings joy to 5am triple mudslides that take out 3 diapers, onesie, and changing table cover. I know He brings peace when I run out. (This does not take long).

My typical prayers look something like this: “God it’s me. Yep, it’s been 3 minutes. I need help again.”

Learning from smarter people

Also, I have the incredible good fortune to know many people wiser than myself. (They are not hard to find.)

I hope to use this as a forum to pass their experience, humor, and encouragement on to you. I desperately need it myself :).

You are amazing

Also, much love. To all you amazing moms, dads, aunts uncles, grandparents, teachers, neighbors, volunteers, friends…

Anyone who steps into the life of a child and offers a helping hand. May God richly bless you.

And may God multiply your sleep tonight!

Grace and peace,

– Jess

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Verses for Lonely Days

Some days are harder than others, right?
Sorrow and loneliness overtake us.
Our heart’s poured out like water.
We feel hollow, helpless, alone.

All our failures and weaknesses accuse us.
They whisper in the dark “How could anyone love you?”
But they lie.
Because the truth is, we are loved.
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Prayer for Storms

peace-be-still-lighthouseLooking for a moment of peace in the midst of a storm?
Praying for someone you love who’s facing wind and rains tonight?

Then this prayer is for you.
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