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  • By the Light of A Candle

    I am sitting here in the dark with only the light of a flickering candle. The power is out again. There is no TV, no internet, and no phone. A lot has happened in the last few days and I have purposely kept myself too busy to process it all. And, now I long for the screens of my tech devices to turn my brain to mush. I want to pin craft ideas until my eyes cross. I want to read Facebook posts and check out the latest Instagram pictures. I want to watch an entire season of something on Roku until I’m too exhausted to think. But, all of these options have disappeared and I am left with only a sleeping household and a little candle for company. I can feel my anxiety level rise. Read More
  • Adoption is a Beautiful Struggle

    Everyone’s journey to becoming parents is unique and special in their own way; however our journey to becoming parents was a journey that we never expected. About 5 years ago my husband & I found out that we would be unable to have biological children. We were sad but ultimately felt God leading us to adopt. 8 months later we were “officially” on the adoption waiting list. This meant at any moment we could get the call we had been waiting for, either you have been chosen by a Birthmother who is due soon or you were chosen to parent this baby that has already been born. "I believe they are the right adoptive parents for my unborn child.” Read More
  • You'll Never Understand...Until You're a Mom

    Why We Should Banish This Phrase

    I had to bite my tongue. The conversation was veering off into a place of divisiveness. And as the only parent in the discussion, I wanted to play my trump card. “You’ll never understand until you’re a mom.” But I took a deep breath, swallowed those words, and let the conversation continue. I wasn’t going to go there. Read More
  • Tearing Down Walls With Our Children

    If you want to ruin your kids, all you have to do is pretend you are perfect. Appear before everyone as perfect. Love the praise of men. Expect so much more from others than yourself. Act nice outside the home, but harsh and mean inside the home. Our kids can smell this deception a mile away. Read More
  • Healing Invisible Wounds

    “Invisible wounds are the hardest to heal,….their closure depends on the love of others,….and patience, and understanding, and…. the tender gift of time.“ -Jennifer Worth "Call the Midwife" When we adopted our oldest son at 4, we knew some of the names doctors used for mental illness. Syndrome. Disorder. But, it's nice to call it something. I called it, “Dennis the Menace times ten!” or “All afterburner and no rudder, the boy has no governor!” I didn’t know how true this was. Read More
  • Gingerbread Biscotti

    More times that I can count, I’ve asked one of my girlfriends what her favorite food is and with a sheepish smile, she’s asked me if coffee counts. Oh yes, and can she choose something sweet, too? I write this with my favorite blanket thrown over my shoulders. The days are growing colder and darker and now is the perfect time to make our houses feel cozy. We need to light a candle, put on some good music and then bravely invite a friend and her kids in for a simple visit. Before having 3 kids in five years, I thought that these visits needed to be fancy. Oh, I was so wrong. I can’t do fancy anymore, you guys. But, I can do real and I’ve found that when you keep it simple, you create an atmosphere that makes people feel like they belong. Read More
  • 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
  • Great Expectations

    Most Women Are Unprepared for the Realities of Motherhood

    At the beginning of the month, The Washington Post published the findings of a study concluding that the majority of new parents are unprepared for motherhood and have unrealistic expectations of what it will be like. And I think most of us who are in my position {that position being the one with enough years behind me that I have some confidence and perspective but not so far removed from the newborn stage that I’m all “ENJOY EVERY SINGLE MOMENT”} would agree that it’s true. 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

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  • Verse of the Day - 10/29/2014

    Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.” Read More

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