The Only Silver Lining

The other night I was sitting on top of an Avengers comforter with tears streaming down my face as my three year old son wept in my arms.  I felt like my heart had been ripped out of my chest.  I knew he was grieving deeply in his tiny little heart.  From his limited toddler…

A Red Lipstick Resolution

When asked what it was like having a fourth kid, Jim Gaffigan responded: “Imagine you’re drowning.  Then someone hands you a baby.” Jordan and I often quote that to each other and laugh together.  We need laughter in this phase of life, especially when we are trying to get our Maroon 5 circus out the…

In Defense of the Working Mom

I have been a Stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) for 6 years now.  When I first became a mother, we lived in an area that was highly academic and career oriented.  I didn’t know many other SAHMs and I  always dreaded the question, “So, what do you do?” whenever I was out in public.  People often had no…

My Mom

This past weekend we celebrated my mom’s 61st birthday.  I’ve been thinking about her a lot lately, now that I am a mother of three.  She also had three kids and my mom was my inspiration in becoming a stay-at-home mom.  Now that I’m on the other side of it, I understand that motherhood is…

The Mom Workout

At some point in our childless first year of marriage (the “childless” part didn’t last long… oops), I remember asking someone, “How do moms ever find time to workout?”.  As someone who has always valued exercise, this question really plagued me. Then one day Jordan and I babysat for a friend’s 5 year old son….

Piper Joy

On Monday, August 28th, Piper Joy Maroon was born at 1:16pm!  Her entrance into the world was fast and easy (initially), and our world was forever changed, for the better :). Here are some details about the arrival of our sweet baby girl: The L&D: My pregnancy with Piper was the easiest (apart from some…

7th Anniversary Staycation

Early on in our marriage, Jordan and I decided that we wanted trips together to be something that we prioritized.  We have always found a trip away, however small or big, to be re-energizing for us as people and invigorating for our marriage.  There is something about getting away to disconnect from the daily responsibilities…

A Note to my Followers (why you’re getting so many emails)

To my followers, I just wanted to write a quick note to apologize for flooding your inboxes and explain why you are getting so many emails with new blog post updates.  A couple of years ago I had left this blog and started blogging at krystalyvonne.com.  Recently the host website for that blog was deleted,…

It Hasn’t All Been Roses

An apartment fire.   Living in hotels for over a month.   Panic attacks.   Health issues.   Learning each other’s quirks.   Learning the balance of spending time together and time alone, as introverts.   An unexpected pregnancy.   The death of the ministry I led.   A job change.   2 different moves….

Wonder Women of the Early Church

I’ve seen so much going around recently about how good the movie Wonder Woman is.  I haven’t seen it yet, though I would like to.  But it has been making me think of two women I have learned about recently who would totally qualify as “wonder women”, in my opinion.  Reading about their lives gets…

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About the History of America

“Most of us got an education that said, ‘Europe is awesome.  That’s all you need to know.”   That is a quote from a conference I recently attended on race, class, and the kingdom of God.  And it resonated with me.  As a white girl growing up mostly in the South, I was not taught…

The Momcourager

I felt tears welling up behind my eyes and threatening to fall.   Why was it that every single other toddler accompanying their mom was sitting calmly on their laps, well behaved?  Not my two year old. We were at Riley’s preschool Easter program and Copeland was screaming and crying, in full blown meltdown mode. …