Immanuel’s Strong Suitcase

September 20, 2017

My seven-year-old son struggles in the fall. The rest of the year Matthew’s busy ADD brain can be a challenge, but we have skills and strategies in place to stabilize his behavior and help him … Read more

Jen Coursey

Raising Resilient Children

September 14, 2017

I want to have a heart to heart with you about raising resilient children. These are children who bounce back and recover when things go wrong. Children who respond to the curve balls of life … Read more

Jen Coursey

Enduring Hardship

September 7, 2017

This summer has been hard. For over 8 months Chris and I have been living in limbo as we wait for our house to sell. We have been anticipating this transition from Illinois to Michigan … Read more

Jen Coursey

Returning to Joy

August 23, 2017

At my son’s final swim lesson of the season, the instructor led my 7-year old to the deep end of the pool to practice freestyle swimming. This step removes the temptation to stand on the … Read more

Jen Coursey

When The Going Gets Tough…

August 16, 2017

Recently I walked into my sons’ bathroom to hang a towel. While placing the towel on a rack, I stepped into a puddle. Since this pool on the floor was close to the toilet, it … Read more

Jen Coursey

Remaining Relational with Flattened Flapjacks

August 9, 2017

Last night my family enjoyed our weekly tradition of breakfast for dinner. As my boys were devouring their pancakes, I remembered the item I found under the living room rug last week. Pancakes. Yes, that’s … Read more

Jen Coursey

When Brotherly Love Heads South

August 3, 2017

I just walked out of the shower this morning when I heard my son sobbing in his room. I was surprised by this sound so I quickly ran into his room and scooped him in … Read more

Jen Coursey

When You Don’t Feel Good Enough

July 26, 2017

by Jen’s husband Chris The other day I noticed my mind wandering to past events, previous relationships and moments in the rearview mirror of life where I felt shame. Thinking about these moments made my … Read more

Jen Coursey

When Things Turn Ugly

July 19, 2017

One evening after the boys were in bed I walked into the kitchen to hear Chris muttering under his breath. When he spotted me he proclaimed in frustration, “If you don’t clear out this cabinet … Read more

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My Return To Joy Story

July 12, 2017

I recently received a request to write an example story demonstrating what it looks and sounds like to return to joy from disappointment. Ideally, I would tell you this story “live” and in person where … Read more

Jen Coursey