The Joy of Sharing Your Life

I’ve always loved Paul’s words to the Thessalonians, “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the Gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.” (v. 2:8) Read more...

Halloween Traditions In Our House

When our kids were young, we struggled to figure out how to participate in Halloween. At the time, our kids went to public school during the week and Sunday school on Sunday. Depending on who you talked to, Halloween was either evil or a harmless excuse to dress up and ask the neighbors for candy. Do you have mixed feelings about celebrating Halloween? How have you managed to find a way to celebrate the harvest? And, what are your family traditions? We’d love to hear your ideas. You just may help another mom set up her own rules and traditions. Read more...

How the Post Office Can Build Your Family’s Sticky Faith

The two credit card applications I expected. The handwritten letter was a surprise. It was my first day on campus as a college freshman. With the help of my parents and two RAs, all of my belongings had been carried from my Toyota to my dorm room that morning. I had unpacked my clothes, plugged in my Macintosh computer (a light-grey tower about the size of three cereal boxes), spread out my new blue and white bedspread, and strategically placed my Bible on a visible but not too obvious shelf above my desk. Read more...

Watch This!

Today I’m sharing a little video with you that I just can’t keep to myself. When I hit the triangle “play” button on this video, I was folding laundry at our dining room table. I wasn’t expecting that moments later, I’d have full body goosebumps and that I’d feel like I had to share it with you all. Read more...

Holding Each Others Stories With Careful Hands

Everyone involved in the adopted kids/teacher conversation, listen: Just because we are sensitive to our kids' trauma (and we adopted ours when they were older with their memories and grief very intact), this does not mean that we are not also writing a narrative that "you are ours - entirely, gratefully, forever." Read more...

Mommy, Can You Hold My Booger?

Stay at home mom, working mom, or somewhere in between, we can all agree that motherhood is full of challenge, patience, frustration, love…and a whole lot of humor. If we don’t laugh then we could very well go crazy from the things our children do and say. Here are some of my “favorite” glamorous mom moments. Read more...

We Don't Have An Excuse

I always want to sing The Brady Bunch theme song when I think of my brother’s family: “Here’s the story of a lovely lady, who was bringing up three very handsome sons. All of them had hair of .... “ “Here’s the story of a man named Oscar who was busy with a daughter of his own … “ “Till the one day when the lady met this fellow and they knew that it was much more than a hunch that this group would somehow form a family. That’s the way they all became the …” (You get the idea). But, when you hear “the rest of the story”, Osc and Deb make The Brady Bunch look pretty lame in comparison! My brother was a single dad with full custody of his teen-aged daughter when he met his wife-to-be. She had three sons of her own. They only had a few more years of child-rearing until they were DONE raising kids. It could have been all smooth sailing after that. Instead, they announced that they were adopting. Read more...

Our Dreams Are Too Small

At first, I have to admit, adoption felt like a backup plan. We struggled with miscarriage and infertility and 8 years passed. We didn't want to enter into the conversation of adoption witth a heart that this was just simply something we were doing because our 'real' dreams weren't fulfilled - so our family prayed for direction and sought the counsel of friends. We began researching different agencies and continued to pray, God truly changed our hearts until we saw adoption as a natural way for us to have a family. Read more...

Affordable Fall Fun For the Family

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. The kids are back in the routine of school, a crispness creeps back into the air, the colors outside start to change to that earthy, warm ambiance I love so much. Oh yeah, did I mention pumpkin lattes, pumpkin breads, hearty soups and comfy sweaters? In addition to all of those things, I love that Fall in the Northwest offers so many great family friendly activities, many of which can be done without much cost. One more thing I love about Fall: it's a great time to reconnect as a family. Summers can often be full of activities that pull a family in different directions and the Winter brings in the busy Christmas season. Fall is that time between school shopping and the holiday sprint, that offers many activities that are slower paced, allowing you to relax and enjoy your family. Things like long drives to look at autumn leaves, apple picking and corn mazes to get lost in together. It's also the perfect time to make a big pot of soup and invite the neighbors over for an affordable and delicious meal! Read more...

Teaching Her Brave

I am so far from being a perfect Mama. I lose my patience. I let my kids watch too much TV, they often could use a good bath and today we ate McDonald's for lunch. But Mamas, instead of just focusing on our weaknesses, I think we need to focus on what we're doing well. I've been working on something with our sweet three year old and I love it too much not to share. Read more...

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