First Steps May05

First Steps

This kid right here turns 11 this month. 11 on the 11th actually. His big golden birthday and he’s been sure to remind us of that fact more than a few times. I remember being so worried when I found out I was pregnant with Carter. At only 21 years of age and a year into married life – he...

Dear Kids: You Would Have Loved Her Apr30

Dear Kids: You Would...

  Over the last month or so, my 10 year old son has been asking a lot of questions about my mom. Beyond wondering what color hair she had and what types of things she liked to do, he’s also asking questions about the different kinds of cancer she had, who drove her to the hospital when...

London’s DIY Teepee Feb24

London’s DIY T...

I’ve been crazy about this whole teepee craze since I noticed them on Pinterest last year. What a great place for the kids to play and let their imaginations run wild. And bonus – they’re adorable. All the great teepees you’ll find online cost over $150 – even ones I found on...

Peace and Rest – A Book Review Feb23

Peace and Rest ̵...

  Writing and publishing your first book is a dream that not all will bring to reality. Putting years of your thoughts, stories, and experiences down on paper takes time, discipline, and focus. Then there’s the proofing, editing, formatting and the second guessing… But when it...

No Resolutions, New Plan Dec30

No Resolutions, New ...

For the last several years, instead of setting New Year’s resolutions that I know I won’t keep, I have been choosing a word for the year. One word that I would spend the entire 12 months focusing on. This past year I didn’t choose a word – because as 2014 began, I was going into it...

Finding God In Their Smiles Dec16

Finding God In Their...

I have very much been enjoying the current teaching series at my church – Finding God (in some of the most unusual and unexpected places). The last few weeks have challenged us as a church to look for God in places we may never have thought to look before – in the dark, in the smallness,...

Name Calling at the Grocery Store Dec12

Name Calling at the ...

I was doing some grocery shopping with my ten year old son the other day and as we were standing in the aisle, picking out a few things, a lady stormed past us. She immediately started yelling at the two teenage girls sharing the aisle with us. Her voice was filled with anger as she told the...

3 Ways I’m Growing as a Parent Oct21

3 Ways I’m Gro...

I long ago gave up the dream of one day holding the title of a perfect parent. Honestly, what does that even look like? Instead I’m trying my best to raise three respectful, well-mannered, kind-hearted, Jesus-loving kiddos. I haven’t mastered any part of parenting, maybe because it always...

I See Your Light Oct17

I See Your Light

DJ and I have been a part of the same church for nine years now. That means kids who were in children’s ministry when I started, are now considered adults. While some have left and moved on – there are still those I keep in touch with. Many I even continue to see on Sunday...

My Top 10 Favorite Children’s Books Oct03

My Top 10 Favorite C...

I absolutely love reading children’s books. The humor, the emotions, the characters, the story – a great children’s book brings it all together. I dream of having a library in my house someday; one whole shelf will be dedicated to the books I plan to write. Having three young kids makes...