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10 Bible Verses to Overcome Anxiety & Worry

I was laid off from my dream job this past week. It hurts. It hurts a lot. My boss kept repeating that it was nothing I had done, and that she’d rather give me a raise than lay me off, but her hands were tied. She had to let me go. I couldn’t get her off the phone fast enough because sadness and fear and anxiety were quickly moving me to tears. What are we going to do without my income? We can’t float without it. The ends won’t even come close to meeting. We need my income. My thoughts … Read more

Childhood Anxiety, Drugs, and Faith

Grace has a diagnosed anxiety disorder. Someone told me recently, “Don’t we all?” and that made me bristle. No, we don’t all have what Grace has. I hesitated to write and publish this post because of Grace’s privacy. I don’t want her someday to be upset that I shared her personal struggle. On the other hand, childhood anxiety disorders are not something that we talk about, and I think talking about them is important. I noticed that there was something different about her after our car crash in 2009, but I went along with the pediatrician, who said that treatment … Read more

Smoochie Hands for When We’re Apart – Craft for Kids with Separation Anxiety

Shrinky Dink hands

Remember the Kissing Hand Necklace that Allie posted on No Time for Flashcards earlier this year? Her idea was to create something that she and her young son could wear when she was away from home, especially on a trip for several days and nights. I loved the idea. I loved the necklaces. I have such a hard time leaving Grace. I have a hard time leaving her at preschool every day, and I have a harder time leaving her overnight. A blogging conference requiring air fare and several nights away from home leaves us both a wreck. Because Grace … Read more

Separation Anxiety

Someone in my family has separation anxiety. I was going to write this post last week, except I was making a concerted effort to avoid thinking about it. I did pretty well, until this past Sunday, when it smacked me in the face and I realized I had 7,281 things to do before today. I didn’t get them all done, as you might imagine. I guess I should tell you what “it” is that I’ve been avoiding. I have separation anxiety. In January, I decided that I’d like to attend the BlogHer conference in Chicago. In February, I got involved, … Read more

I’m Big. I’m Bad.

Because she’s been afraid so much lately, I have been screening Grace’s television programs even more carefully than usual. I don’t want to create any extra fodder for the nightmares. There are only a handful of shows that she watches on a semi-regular basis: Wonder Pets, Sesame Street, Barney, and The Wiggles, and a few others that I’ll put on if an episode shows up in the Tivo queue: Curious George, Blue’s Clues, Max & Ruby. Favorites come and go. First, she adored Barney. Later, she chose Sesame Street over the others. These days, she’s partial to the Wonder Pets. … Read more