Family, friendship, Loneliness, parenting, Uncategorized

Let’s Do It Together

“I get to see a real person?” I’d just gotten off the phone with my friend and the kids’ beloved babysitter. She’d called to say she was on her way over to pick something up. Our seven-year-old daughter heard my side of the conversation and couldn’t contain her excitement over seeing an actual person somewhere other… Continue reading Let’s Do It Together

Family, fear, hope, Hope in the Midst of Heartache, knowing God, Loneliness, ministry, parenting, rest, thankfulness, Uncategorized, Walking by Faith

Helping Our Kids Thrive During Social Distancing

What will our kids remember from this time of social distancing? Here are four things that will help them thrive...

Family, grace, growing in Christ, ministry, parenting, serving, Uncategorized, Walking by Faith

Building Our Homes Like a Lego Master

My son loves building with Legos. His room looks like a Lego museum – and often like a construction zone, with tiny bricks strewn all over the floor, just waiting for an unsuspecting parent to walk in and step on them. At the end of this school year, he completed a report on our home… Continue reading Building Our Homes Like a Lego Master

Family, ministry, parenting, serving, Uncategorized

Lessons from a People Mover

It's funny what kids remember. "Mama, remember the time when we sat next to the elevator and ate a cookie?" My son smiled as he repeated the story. He must have been four or five when we took that afternoon outing to the mall. We started out at the play place, then headed to the… Continue reading Lessons from a People Mover

Family, grace, growing in Christ, hope, knowing God, parenting, Uncategorized, Victorious Living, Walking by Faith

Taming the Tongue

Sometimes I just can’t control my tongue. It was not a good day. For whatever reason, we were just off. I was irritable and impatient. I found myself correcting every little infraction, every childish noise. The more I corrected, the more frustrated I became. And the more my kids acted up. After snapping at one of my children, I… Continue reading Taming the Tongue

Family, growing in Christ, hope, knowing God, parenting, thankfulness, Uncategorized, Victorious Living, Walking by Faith

The Blessing Box: Cultivating Gratefulness All Year Long

“I’m writing a note to God,” my preschooler announces proudly. She thoughtfully scribbles her message on a 3×5 card, then opens the hinged lid of our ”Blessing Box” and adds her note to the jumbled mess of index cards. It looks disorderly, even confusing, but to me it’s a beautiful mess.  Each of those mismatched… Continue reading The Blessing Box: Cultivating Gratefulness All Year Long

Depression, Family, fear, freedom, growing in Christ, hope, Hope in the Midst of Heartache, Loneliness, pain, parenting, rest, Uncategorized, Victorious Living, Waiting, Walking by Faith

When Depression Moves In

What happened to my joy? The question tugged at the corners of my soul as I trudged through each day. A dark cloud hovered over every waking moment. And sleep? That was a struggle, too. I had one bed-wetter and another child with night-terrors, so the sleep I did get was often fragmented and restless. How I… Continue reading When Depression Moves In

Family, grace, parenting, rest, Uncategorized

Slowing Down

Saturday is our family’s favorite day of the week. From Sunday through Friday, we’re busy with school, work, church, sports, music, playdates, and the general busyness which accompanies family life. But on Saturday, we take a breath.  We eat waffles for breakfast and the kids listen to radio adventures on a local Christian station. Most… Continue reading Slowing Down

Family, growing in Christ, parenting, Uncategorized

Knock Knock

Knock, knock, knock. Inwardly I cringed just a little. Outside that door, my husband was caring for our kids so I could spend some much-needed time with Jesus before starting the day. I relished the stillness as I quietly sipped my coffee. But my preschooler was awake and she missed me. I answered her knock.… Continue reading Knock Knock

Family, growing in Christ, ministry, parenting, serving, Uncategorized, Walking by Faith

Ministry That Doesn’t Look Like Ministry

"Alleluia. Alleluia!" The words of our song echoed through the Russian cathedral. We stood in the balcony, enraptured by the polished beauty surrounding us. We were playing tourist that day, taking time off in the middle of a mission trip to Siberia. Our team didn't plan on singing. There was no audience, at least no… Continue reading Ministry That Doesn’t Look Like Ministry