Why Little Kids Belong in Big Church

In an age of prolific children’s ministries and a focus on age-appropriate church activities, there are still very valid arguments for why it’s a great idea to include Little Kids in Big Church. Here are a few…

Several months ago, one of the high schoolers from our church got baptized during our Sunday morning service. My 4-year-old Mini-Me sat there wide-eyed, watching everything with her signature mix of curiosity and awe.

“What are they doing, Momma?” she whispered.

“That young man decided he wants to follow Jesus, so he’s getting baptized to let everyone know about it.”


We whispered back and forth as I explained what was happening and why everyone was so excited. By the time the young man came up out of the water, Mini-Me was clapping and shouting right along with the rest of the congregation!

This is why we keep her in Big Church, Lord, I prayed, smiling to myself. So she can learn about how people come to You, to learn how to be part of Your Church. Read More


When It Seems Like God Is Sleeping

There are times it seems like God is sleeping. Below decks, unaware, or uncaring about the storms around us. It’s in those times we HAVE to choose to trust His Good Heart toward us.

 A number of years ago, I was driving home late one night from a Bible Study, after what had been an incredibly emotionally difficult day and evening. As one of the few single participants in this graduate student study, seeing all the happy couples who had met and fallen in love in this group didn’t help any.

I just wanted to have a partner, someone to walk through life with, someone to love me and tell me I was worth fighting for. As of yet, someone like that didn’t seem to exist. And I was so lonely.

I felt like I was in the disciples’ boat when the storm came up all of a sudden, pouring water into the boat, and threatening to capsize it, and Jesus is asleep, blissfully unaware of the problem (Luke 8:22-25). I was so tossed around and pummeled emotionally, I didn’t know how I was going to make it through another day, much less another year or more, or however long it took for Mr. Right to materialize out of thin air.

Sure God could fix everything. He’s God! But, He seemed to be asleep at the wheel again. Mysteriously, conspicuously absent. Didn’t He care? Why wasn’t He DOING something?! Read More


Do You Need a SAHM Resume or a Career Website?

It’s time to go back to work, but you have one important decision to make: would you be best served by a SAHM resume or a career website?

Many of us SAHMs will return to work in one form or another at some point in our lives. Here on Scattered Woman, we’ve already talked about the importance of keeping our resumes up-to-date (including how to create your own Mom Master Resume), how to handle the SAHM employment gap on your resume, writing an effective SAHM cover letter, even how we moms tend to create a Mosaic Life for ourselves instead of pursuing that elusive, linear career path.

So, let’s assume for just a minute that you’re ready to go back to work. Regardless of whether you’re interested in pursuing a WAHM option (like network marketing, freelancing, or starting your own business) or you’re ready to head back to the corporate world, you have one major decision to make: will you be best served by a traditional, SAHM resume or a career website? Read More


Finding a Way Out of Anxiety & Depression: A Marriage & Family Therapist’s Advice for Busy Moms

You know what you’re struggling with is more than just the “Wintertime Blahs,” so now what? Check out these tips for Finding a Way Out of Anxiety & Depression!

I know I’m not the only one who has felt in the grip of anxiety & depression this year. It seems like the more moms I talk with, the more women I find who are struggling with more than just the “Wintertime Blahs.” While we don’t always like to talk about it, we moms NEED to come up with a strong game plan for supporting our mental health.

Last month, I had the pleasure of doing a 2-part, Facebook LIVE interview with Karisa Kaye, a Marriage & Family Therapist from I Love Us Relationship & Intimacy Counseling. If you didn’t have a chance to catch these interviews live, be sure to watch the replays below. TONS of valuable tips & info for all of us! Read More


The #1 Mistake Cancer Patients Make (& doctors encourage!)

It is the #1 mistake cancer patients make during treatment — and it’s encouraged by their doctors! Let’s talk about how to avoid it and what to do instead…

One year.

In just a few days, it will have been one whole year since I finished my last chemo treatment for Follicular Lymphoma.

(If you don’t already know my story, you can read more about my cancer journey and how it all started in this post.)

I know I should be more excited, but it’s hard to feel like celebrating this first anniversary of finishing chemo when I still feel so crumby. Granted, I’ve been sick in some form or fashion most of my life, so it’s not anything entirely new, but having ZERO immune system — as opposed to just my previously LOW functioning immune system — means I’ve spent most of this past year sick on the couch with zero energy to do anything more than write.

I try not to write about how cruddy I feel most of the time because it’s just a downer. Really, who really wants to read that?

But today, it feels incredibly important to give just one fact and one quick piece of advice to other cancer patients and their caregivers on the biggest mistake we cancer patients make — and the most important thing you can do to help the situation. Read More


3 More Spiritual Lessons from My Little Pony

Have you ever discovered hidden spiritual parallels in your child’s favorite cartoons? If you’re looking for a great way to help your kids find God in everyday life, be sure to check out these 3 Spiritual Lessons from My Little Pony!

We talked a while back about the 3 Spiritual Lessons I learned from watching My Little Pony with my daughter. And today, we’ve got 3 MORE Spiritual Lessons from My Little Pony for you!

It’s always amazing how God decides to show up and teach us through modern-day entertainment.  What I’ve been thinking about a lot lately has to do with the concept of the “cutie mark” in My Little Pony — and all 3 of today’s lessons come from this one foundational aspect of the show.

The basic idea of a cutie mark is that it’s a cute, little symbol on a pony’s flank that represents her special talent, what she is meant to do with her life. Ponies are born with “blank flanks” (no cutie mark) and have to figure out what they’re good at before it will appear.

Getting a cutie mark is a BIG deal for the ponies!

In my mind, earning a cutie mark is similar to our discovering our purpose or our calling in life, unearthing hidden talents and gifts meant to be shared with the world. And when we think about cutie marks in that light, they have MUCH to teach us about our own gifts and the God who gives them to us. Read More


3 Strategies to Proactively Battle Burnout

Are you working your tail off every single day with little to show for it? Are you starting to feel burnt out with this whole WAHM thing? If so, you need these 3 Strategies to Proactively Battle Burnout!

We work harder than just about anybody, and some days, being a Work-at-Home Mom can be just TOO MUCH. Whether you’re a WAHM Network Marketer, a WAHM Freelancer, or a WAHM Entrepreneur, we WAHMs are more prone to burnout than any other type of worker simply because the boundary lines between work and home aren’t just blurred – they’re non-existent! We work IN our homes, accomplishing everything from laundry to line item reports, dishes to deadlines, and crying children to complaining clients.

Be forewarned, mama: burnout is coming. It happens to the best of us. The best thing you can do for yourself, your family, and your business is to be prepared. Familiarize yourself with and use these 3 key strategies to proactively battle burnout well. Read More


When You Don’t Have Time to Get Sick

Do you keep going, going, going until you crash? Remember: if you don’t have time in your schedule to be sick, make sure you schedule time for self-care!

For weeks, I had been getting sick.

Now, for most people, getting sick is a pretty quick process. But for a Melancholy-Choleric, getting sick doesn’t fit into our schedules, so we just don’t allow our bodies to break down like they’re threatening to do.

I sucked on elderberry lozenges like hard candy, and I took up drinking Echinacea tea (though I typically loathe the taste of “dead leaves in water”) solely for the purpose of staying as well as possible.

You see, I had four major vocal events to get through that December, and I simply didn’t have time to be sick in bed or lose my voice, so I did anything and everything I could think of to not do so.

The week leading up to that last performance – singing two rather out-of-my-range songs for my cousin’s New Year’s Eve wedding – I had been coughing more frequently and feeling more and more tired.

But, I had no time for that nonsense, so I chugged more tea, popped more Echinacea pills, and sucked more elderberry lozenges.

I made it through, but barely. Read More


How to Be a Gracious Gift Recipient — even if you don’t like the gift!

Have you ever received a completely TERRIBLE gift? One that seemed like it MUST have been intended for someone else? How could they POSSIBLY know you and think you would like that gift? How we respond, however, can make a HUGE difference in our relationships. And some of us have to LEARN how to receive gifts graciously! Let’s figure out how…

I mentioned in The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Every Personality that I really struggle with receiving gifts, and how often I have been scolded for my less-than-gracious responses to gifts over the years. So, let me tell you about the Christmas I broke my mother’s heart and what I learned from that horrible day… Read More


Best Holiday Gifts for the Essential Oil Lover in Your Life

Not sure what to get that naturally-minded person on your list? Check out this list of the BEST gifts for Essential Oil Lovers!

Does someone you know absolutely LOVE essential oils? Maybe you would like to get them a gift this season that supports their passion, but you just don’t know where to start. If so, never fear! Just for you, I have rounded up the BEST gifts for Essential Oil Lovers! This list should give you PLENTY of ideas for every price range and experience level. ? Read More


How to Beat Holiday Overwhelm (+ Survival Tips for Every Personality!)

Are there parts of the holidays you really wish you could just skip? Does the hustle & bustle of the season leave you exhausted & stressed out? Check out these tips for each Personality on how to beat holiday overwhelm!

Would you believe that, according to the APA, 68% of Americans say they feel fatigued during the holidays? Even if we’re not running low on energy, 61% of us say we’re stressed. And 52% say we feel extra irritable during the “happiest time of the year.” What’s “merry & bright” about feeling overwhelmed & unable to enjoy the season? Let’s talk about the best holiday survival tips for each Personality type & how to beat the odds this season! Read More


The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Every Personality

Are you stumped on what to get that hard-to-shop-for person on your list? Check out the Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Every Personality!

Can you handle a personal, holiday truth? I REALLY struggle with receiving gifts.

I know! I’m weird! Most people think that CHOOSING a gift is the difficult part, but man… for me, receiving gifts is SO STRESSFUL!

See, a) receiving gifts is WAY not my Love Language, and b) I’m REALLY hard to buy for because I am VERY particular about what I like and need! (I try to be gracious! Really, I do!)

Now, I feel quite certain you have someone in your life who is a lot like me. They’re hard to buy for, they don’t ever seem excited about what you did buy, or their disappointment is written all over their face. They don’t mean to hurt your feelings, but it’s hard to not take it personally.

So, in order to save both you and your intended gift-recipient an incredibly awkward moment this holiday season, here are my best gift-giving tips based on each of the four Personality types: Sanguine, Choleric, Melancholy, & Phlegmatic. Read More


The Bug Buster Protocol

Looking for natural remedies for cold & flu this season? This Bug Buster Protocol includes everything you need to support your body for a speedy recovery!

It’s that time of year again! It seems like everyone I know is or has been sick over the past couple of weeks. Once the weather changes, it’s like our immune systems just give up! With all the nastiness going around, I’ve found myself sending out text after text about my “Bug Buster Protocol” — or the natural remedies for cold & flu I use when they attack our house — to boost our immune systems and support our bodies, so they can do the healing work and get us back on our feet quickly. Read More


5 Massively Important Life Lessons about Conflict & Confrontation

Do you hide from conflict? Does the thought of confrontation make you want to run away and never come back? Once you master these 5 MASSIVELY IMPORTANT life lessons about conflict & confrontation, you’ll never have to hide again — and you’ll be able to teach these lessons to your kids, too!

Confrontation doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In fact, I would argue, confronting issues when they arise is one of the biggest ways we can grow in our relationships!

Let’s think about it in parenting terms: when our kids do something wrong that hurts our feelings – or a friend’s feelings – we correct them. We address the hurts, explain why it didn’t feel good, how to heal the relationship (apologize), and they learn to do better next time.

Why should confronting OUR peers be any different? When we confront in love, with a true desire to understand, it makes a HUGE difference in our communication and in our relationships. Read More


Your Mosaic Life

Do your life experiences seem scattered? Has your work history been less than linear? It’s time to discover your Mosaic Life!

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE mosaic tile work. Maybe it’s the Hispanic-culture-loving Spanish teacher in me, or maybe I’m channeling the Sanguine, colorful, pattern-mixing lovelies in my life. Whatever the reason, I LOVE mosaics.

Especially if there’s a story behind them. Read More


3 Spiritual Lessons from My Little Pony

Wait… what?? Did you really just say I could learn “Spiritual Lessons from My Little Pony,” Laura? Have you lost your mind?!

Nope, nope. Actually, I’m quite IN my right mind at the moment, and it feels GREAT!

I had a bit of spiritual awakening this past week. Almost as if God gave me a good Gibbs’ smack upside the head, and I finally realized what He had been trying to tell me for about a year now. ? I can be a little dense, apparently… ?

More on that revelation at a later date. Suffice it to say, I’m finally listening, and God has had PLENTY to say!

For now, on to My Little Pony!

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Top 5 Recipes for Daily Immune System Support

Nearly every day, our immune systems are under attack. Here are my top 5 essential oil recipes for daily immune system support!

As I’ve discussed in previous posts, my immune system is shot. Between a poorly functioning gut and then chemo on top of it, my body’s natural defenses are extremely limited. So, when “the nasties” are floating around, I’m doing everything I can to provide myself with daily immune system support — and keep the rest of my family healthy, too!

With school getting back in session and the holidays just around the corner (can you even believe that?!), many of you are looking for ways to support your immune systems, as well. So, here are my top 5 daily immune system support recipes to get you stocked up and ready for whatever nasties may threaten you and yours. Read More


Love & Logic Tips for Preschoolers

As a high school teacher, I LOVED Love & Logic. Even with my college students, Love & Logic often saved the day. Now, with a 4-year-old pushing every boundary imaginable, Love & Logic is once again coming to my rescue. If you’re struggling with discipline, check out my FAVORITE Love & Logic tips for preschoolers! Read More