• Life,  Motherhood

    Be Like Jesus

    There are days we gotta look at our mom-life as a job…just put our head down and grind it out….humans are screaming, the bills are past due, and I don’t dare ask that toddler to pick up one more toy. There are days where we’re on cloud nine of mommy-hood…we got out the door on time, the children are listening today, and we suddenly dream of hundreds of babies just running around us in the warm sunshine (might I add we all have IG-worthy outfits on in said “dream”) Some days are good days and then there are the days we would rather just not talk about. I lost my…

  • Life,  Marriage,  Motherhood,  Reviews

    Friend, Come to Jesus

    We’re six months in from adding another baby to our family. What a joy it has been and what a struggle! Not every day is difficult–she doesn’t cry all the time, she is perfectly healthy, and seeing her sister love on her is a dream come true– in short, we are BLESSED. But the new schedule (that I thought I had all figured out, by the way), the postpartum emotions, and the serious lack of time to read my Bible and connect with my husband, definitely can take their toll. I didn’t account for not feeling like myself even when I have every reason to be incandescently happy. I didn’t…

  • Life,  Motherhood

    Snowmen, Sugar Cookies, and Stinky Oxen

    learning to embrace the mess of joyful motherhood There they were again- falling snowflakes.  Another winter season was beginning. Three long months of cold, snow, and ice lay before me. And four little pairs of eyeballs were staring out the window admiring the fresh fallen snow. They were bursting with excitement at the thought of traipsing through it and building snowmen and making snow angels and designing a snow fort and then sipping hot cocoa at the end of it all. I looked out the window and felt weary. Here we go again, I thought. Winter jackets, snow pants, hats, mittens, socks, boots. Ugh. More work, more laundry. And I…

  • Fitness,  Life,  Motherhood

    At-Home Fitness for the Busy Mom

    Hello, Mamas! My name is Courtney Hollenbeck, founder of the faith-based motivational blog, The Invisible Crown. Within that space, I try to encourage each woman to discover that ONE thing that is holding them back from becoming their best self… from feeling fully vibrant and free in this wonderful life that we have been given! So often, health and fitness is the resounding answer I receive. Whether that is because you do not seem to have the time, resources, or you are unhappy with your postpartum bod (which… let’s pause there for just a second and give every woman a round of applause for carrying a human being inside of…