finding Grace in the mishmash

I'm Here to Love and Pray You Forward

Here’s the thing. A whole lot of mishmash gets in the way of authentic living. The mom gig defies order. Life blows order up. That’s what 25+ years of marriage and 25 years of parenting has taught me. Our struggles are real and anxieties universal, which is why I created this space. Somewhere for you to feel safe throwing off the pretense and embracing the real. The real real. Like all of it. The broken, bad, and beautiful.

Because here’s the other thing. Authenticity heals, and I want you to feel loved and accepted for who you are, precisely where you’re at. And leaning into each other and sharing stories helps us realize we aren’t alone on a motherhood island. Love is the invisible string keeping all of us connected. Let’s #BeLOVE together.

What is your mom heart in most need of now?
Enjoy these freebies...

I am searching for God’s fingerprints

I am longing to evolve and grow

I need to break free from my fears

Then I'll Meet You On the Other Side!

Sign Up for Grace Notes

This friend letter comes to your inbox once a month with all sorts of things including one new blog post, links to other stories I share around the web, books and podcasts I’m enjoying, and an early heads-up about all things new and fun. When you subscribe, you will receive 3 FREE Chapters of my new book with Lisa Leshaw, “How Are You Feeling, Momma? (You don’t need to say, “I’m fine.”)

“Shelby writes the words of every momma’s heart. She is wise and wonderful and her words bring unity and joy.” ~ Jami Amerine, friend and author of Stolen Jesus: An Unconventional Search for the Real Savior and Sacred Ground, Sticky Floors


“Shelby renews your spirit and rejuvenates your soul, making you want to look deeply to discover your inner beauty & find your best voice.” ~ Lisa Leshaw, friend and co-author of How Are You Feeling, Momma? and author at Guideposts & Chicken Soup for the Soul

(You don’t need to say, “I’m Fine.”)

Do you or a fellow Momma need some heart encouragement?

I teamed up with my dear friend, Lisa Leshaw, to share short reflections on 31 motherhood emotions, each tied to a specific Psalm. The cool thing is, Lisa is a Moses devotee while I’m a Jesus groupie! Therefore, we present our take on each emotion through both a Jewish and Christian lens.

With a heavy dose of wit and vulnerability, we want to:

  • Inspire you to lean into and get real about your mom feelings
  • Give you two perspectives on each emotion through both a Jewish and Christian lens
  • Encourage you to feel comforted in knowing you aren’t alone in how you feel
  • Help you connect the pleadings in the Psalms to the pleadings in your soul

Although Lisa and I have NEVER MET IN PERSON, we have been through the trenches–a combined 66 years of parenting/step-parenting/grandparenting between us. So we have gobs of love and encouragement to share about this mom gig. Get your copy today!

No one tells you how you are going to feel when...

How could anyone prepare you for this metamorphosis of purpose, responsibility, and cavernous insight into all things motherhood? No one outside you is able. The phenomenon is your experience, your moment to breathe in the miracle and compare your inner compass with God’s wonder.