"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 Sacred Ground, Sticky Floors &  Stolen Jesus: An Unconventional Search for the Real Savior

"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 author at Guideposts & Chicken Soup for the Soul

Three knuckleheads have left me an empty nest in which to ponder what the mom thing has done to me meant over the past twenty-four years. Thatsalata pondering for one person, which is why I created this space. So, what does Jesus say about parenting? Probably what Paul says about love:

"Never gives up. Cares more for others than self. Doesn’t fly off the handle. Trusts God always. Always looks for the best. Never looks back, But keeps going to the end." 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 (MSG)

Sure we know how to love as a mom, but what about the "never gives up, doesn't fly off the handle, trusts God always" disclaimers? Do you think the fine print says we can add ish to these sentiments when things are really tough--days when the best we can offer is steadfastish, calmish, faithfulish? Well, all I can say is some days close enough is mothering gold for me. I love wide, long, high, and deep...but sometimes loud, cranky, and emotionally wonky as well. How about you? Click here to read more about crazy me