Christmas will soon be upon us, and I often think about how we can make our Christmas as Christ-centered as possible. The older our boys get, the more sure I am of the need to be intentional with this. I love hearing how other families do this, so I went to Instagram and Facebook to… Continue reading Keeping Christmas Christ-Centered- Celebrating YOUR Ideas!
My life is far from glamorous. I think most of my mom friends would agree with that statement. We deal with a lot more poop than we’d like to admit, our homes still haven't learned to clean themselves, and there’s that pesky thing called laundry. Sometimes, when the to-do list gets too long and the… Continue reading Living the Dream of Motherhood- Scripture to Help us Fight for Joy & Purpose
Israel had its fair share of mistakes throughout the Old Testament. However, not every decision was bad. In Exodus 35:4-29, the Lord commanded Israel to build his Tabernacle. He told them in detail the materials needed and exactly what they needed to do. Moses shared with Israel all the Lord told him, and Israel's response… Continue reading Let’s Be Like Israel (in this case)- The Call to Bring Resources & Gifts Together for the Kingdom
Today's my 30th birthday! Reaching 30 is kind of crazy; wasn’t it just yesterday I spent every Friday night cheering? Some days it feels like 16 wasn’t that long ago, but a quick glance at my life reminds me those days are long gone. Though sometimes I miss the carefree life from back then, I… Continue reading A Celebration of 30- 30 Things God’s Taught Me Over 30 Years
If you haven’t heard the news, we received our CARA approval last week! We waited a long time for that, and I could spend pages writing about God’s goodness and sanctification during that time. We celebrated with bowls of ice cream and a family dinner at Pizza Inn. Now, we set our sights on… Continue reading Adoption Update- The Matching Process
It’s been a while since I’ve done an official adoption update, because there really haven't been any updates to give. We’re so blessed to have so many people asking about our process, though, so I wanted to share about what’s going on. We’re currently (still) waiting on CARA approval from India. This is the initial… Continue reading Adoption Update- Extended Wait Time for CARA & Glorifying the Lord.
This was my excited face as I went to Target alone with a gift card in hand (what a combo!). This little “break” was refreshing, but honestly, it was nothing I needed or deserved. When it comes to breaks and "me time", here's a tiny glimpse into the thoughts I’ve battled the past few weeks-… Continue reading Finding Joy & Satisfaction in Motherhood- We Need Jesus, Not “Breaks”
I’ve got good news- summer's coming! I’ve been counting down since spring break, and I look forward to slow mornings, lake days, and evening walks. While it’s easy to think summer is for us and let it slip away into a blur of Netflix binges and lazy days, I want to challenge it's not for… Continue reading Summer isn’t for Us- Being Intentional for Jesus.
I read Psalms to my boys as they pushed fire trucks around. They interrupted often, and usually, their comment wasn’t Scripture related. Instead, they were telling each other to stop touching their toys. I grew frustrated and wondered, “Does this even matter?” I’m sure I’m not alone in this thought. We want to talk to… Continue reading Mama, What You’re Doing Matters.
Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to do one of my favorite things- teach the Word at Chapman FCA. I shared some of my family’s story with losing my mom, and encouraged and challenged them from James 1:1-2. Here, James commands, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,… Continue reading The Fight for Joy on Mother’s Day & in Every Trial.