When You Feel Like An Outsider As a Mom

Years ago, John and I found ourselves trying out churches after a leadership change at a small country church we’d been attending for years. With a preschooler, a toddler, and a baby on the way I often spent more time out of service than in it. One church we were visiting was large, and they had a crying room to take my toddler. I was a young mom and very insecure in my role, and even now my stomach tenses {Read More}

Creating the Day You Want to Wake Up To!

I don’t know about you, but there’s a few things I don’t want to wake up to. A dirty kitchen is one. Piles of laundry is another. Then there is the day packed to the rim with things I have to do. Not fun things. Days like that are never fun. It’s even harder when I’m dragging my kids along with me. I’ve had many days like this. I wake up with all the things I have to do in {Read More}

Celebrate mom with books and Steeped Tea

Celebrate mom with books and Steeped Tea Mother’s Day is just around the corner. What better way to spoil your mom (or yourself) then with a Mother’s Day giveaway! Two winners will receive a 3 books from my collection (which could include any of the following: Moms’ Night Out, Blue Like Play Dough, Whit’s End Family Devotional, and Prayers that Changed History) + tea from Steeped Tea—enter below! What is Steeped Tea? Steeped Tea carries over 100 seasonal flavors of tea, tea {Read More}

Food for Thought + Winners Announced

Food for Thought . . . Congratulations to the winner’s from this week’s giveaways: Mother of the Year: Anita Jude Big and Little Coloring Book Devotional: Holly Wright-Weddle Surprise book from Tricia: Kelly Wach Blue Like Play Dough: Rajee Pandi   Congraulations again to all our winners! Be sure to e-mail my assistant, Christen, with you mailing address so she can get your prizes in the mail to you! Are you new here? You might want to subscribe to my {Read More}

Ask Tricia: Time to Write

I get asked questions all the time. As a wife of twenty-six years, a mom of ten—seven having been adopted, a homeschooler and a writer of over 60 books people want to know how my life works. Here is one of those questions and my short answer. More to come in the coming weeks! How do you find time to write? How do you find time to write? I’m a homeschooling mom of four who writes and I mostly feel {Read More}

Moms, A Few Things to Remember {+ FREE printable}

1. You matter. Being a good mom is important, especially for the impact you have on your child. You are significant, not because of what you do, but because of who you are. 2. You are wonderful. When you see yourself as God sees you, you don’t have to worry about an identity crisis. You are his child. You have amazing strengths that are unique to you. 3. You can succeed. When you take time to explore your dreams and {Read More}

It’s Time to Get Creative, Mom.

  It’s Time to Get Creative, Mom. As a writer, I know all about creativity. I know how essential it is. I know how fun it can be. I also know what it’s like to be at a loss for creativity. Even as a mom, creativity is important. Combine the needed creativity for being both a mom and a writer . . . well, it’s tough to come by. When there are people and paperwork and piles to manage… When {Read More}

The Balance Between Mom and Writer

I started writing when my kids were five, two, and a newborn, and I was starting my first year of homeschool. My husband was in college and worked at night. We were poor. LOL. I started writing during naptime, but by the time I started getting book contracts, my kids were too old for naps, we still homeschooled, and my kids were home all day. So for years I wrote when they were around the house—usually in the afternoon. I {Read More}

How to Keep & Deepen Your Relationship With Your Teen Son

How to Keep & Deepen Your Relationship With Your Teen Son My 6-foot-tall son lumbers into the room and sinks onto the sofa. “So, I’ve been thinking about Chapter Two…” he says. I pause what I’m doing and we talk. We talk about fictional conflict, inciting incidents, and motivation—what the character wants more than anything. Nathan has just finished writing a novel and lately we’ve been chatting about that. I have six children and my relationship with each of them {Read More}

3 Ways to Embrace Messy Days

3 Ways to Embrace Messy Days I don’t know about you, but I was a messy child and teen. Growing up, my room could have been considered a danger zone. It was hard to walk through it without tripping on stuff. Clothes, books, and shoes were strewn everywhere. My mom would ask me to clean my room over and over again, and then—when she couldn’t take it any more—she’d clean it for me. She’d also repeat the same thing each {Read More}

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