Category: Healthy Mind Series

  • Grief, Donuts, and Resurrection

    Grief, Donuts, and Resurrection

    Our daughter Hannah met her dear friend Bryce at the ripe old age of three months. I met Bryce’s mom, Bonnie, at a mom’s group of enthusiastic first-timers, hitting the circuit of neighborhood parks, mall play areas, and splash pads. We showed up each week, exhausted but eager to know we weren’t alone. Our arms […]

  • Self-Care Measures for Adoptive Mamas

    Self-Care Measures for Adoptive Mamas

    I looked at the clock. Seven minutes had passed. It seemed like an hour. Three of my children were in their rooms, hiding from the chaos in the kitchen that occurred almost daily. We long ago abandoned the homeschool lessons for the day when something at lunch triggered a meltdown in the youngest. I sat […]

  • Mental Space for Moms

    Mental Space for Moms

    I come here for a four-hour stretch, once a month, to be alone with my thoughts. This particular coffee shop has an enclosed conference room just off the main customer area, and a sweet friend of mine has reserved it for our use this morning so both of us can have a reprieve from the […]

  • Mothering While Broken

    Mothering While Broken

    It all started when we were alone in the car. Don’t all great conversations with teenage sons begin that way? “Mom, I noticed you haven’t blogged lately. Are you going to keep writing?” I explained to him that I was on a planned break. Just a few months before, I had finally been diagnosed correctly […]

  • What’s Cookin’ on the Back Burner?

    What’s Cookin’ on the Back Burner?

    Her hands pat my thighs in an increasingly urgent pattern, my legs numbing under the repetition. I’ve been tuning her out for a half-hour because I need to make some progress on dinner. I stand at the stove. The big cast iron lid clatters down on a huge pot of rice. I’m trying to be […]

  • 054 // Tackling Worry and Overwhelm – Alex Davies, Lindsey Cornett & Lisa Appelo

    054 // Tackling Worry and Overwhelm – Alex Davies, Lindsey Cornett & Lisa Appelo

    This episode is a conversation about tackling worry and overwhelm as a mom, and is part of the Healthy Mom series over on KindredMom.com. Host Emily Sue Allen interviews Lindsey Cornett and Alex Davies about what worry looks like in their everyday lives as moms, and in the second half of the show, Emily speaks […]

  • Seeking Solitude in the Midst of Motherhood

    Seeking Solitude in the Midst of Motherhood

    It was my third year in college, and I willingly walked through the doors of Student Health not because I was sick, but because I wanted a shot at participating in the university’s lucrative “cold study.” Researchers injected participants with either a live strand of the common cold virus or a placebo and put them […]

  • The Spiritual Discipline of Anticipation

    The Spiritual Discipline of Anticipation

    “Today is the first day of November,” Ian said. He and his younger brother, Leo, were seated at the breakfast table, munching on their Cheerios. I bounced around the kitchen, waiting for my hot water to boil and scooping yogurt into tiny bowls. The baby was still asleep in her crib upstairs. Ian began explaining […]

  • 3 Ways Sisters Keep You Sane

    3 Ways Sisters Keep You Sane

    Carseat over my arm, hair tumbling out of my bun, I knock on the door. My two-year-old stands barefoot in her pajamas. After a night of breastfeeding and little sleep, I’m feeling defeated. I feel like the wilting succulent decorating my friend’s porch. But we made it here. She opens the door, and her smile […]

  • Helping Kids Handle Their Feelings

    Helping Kids Handle Their Feelings

    That Tuesday morning was chaotic. We recently set our clocks back an hour, and though we were only a few days in, my patience was wearing thin. Somehow, shifting this one simple hour in our day tricked my family into thinking we had more time. More time for snoozing, for teeth brushing, and sock finding. […]