In 2013, my husband and I were blessed to buy the house I grew up in. Before us, my parents used this home to host my youth group, high school cheerleading squad, friends, and more. When Jack and I bought it, we wanted to continue using this it for God’s glory. Our life during the… Continue reading What Scratches on the Hardwoods Taught Me about Hospitality
I recently wrote an Instagram (@casspattillo)/Facebook post with tips about how to make things go (somewhat) more smoothly when our young children join us in the worship service. I realized after I posted it, though, that I probably should’ve written this first- why I believe elementary-age children should join us in the worship service and… Continue reading Big Church Should Be for Kids Too- Benefits for Children Joining Us in the Worship Service
Are there moments in the Christmas season where all you can think is, “Lord, I’m tired.”? I've been there, especially during Christmases that have occurred in the midst of trying seasons for our family. Even in Christmases that we don't have particularly trying circumstances, one thing I've learned as an adult is that though Christmas… Continue reading Come to Jesus this Christmas and Find Rest for Your Weary Soul
I love a good, doctrinally sound, biblical resource to help disciple my kids. When the boys were in the toddler stage, I shared such resources quite often. We still love some of those same resources (and now Faith is starting to love them!), but we’ve also found others we love as our boys have entered… Continue reading Discipleship Resources We Love (Elementary-Aged Children)
There’s nothing like holding our babies (or toddler in our case for baby #3) for the first time, is there? Instantly, our world changes. This incredible love we didn’t know existed consumes us, and there’s literally nothing like it.Though our children do change our worlds, can I urge you with this? Don’t make them the… Continue reading Mamas, Don’t Idolize Your Kids
Walk inside almost any home, and we won’t find statues or altars. Therefore, God’s command to the Israelites to not offer their children as sacrifices to Molech is one we quickly skim (Lev. 20:1-5). There’s no way that applies to us, right? Literally, they killed their children as a sacrifice to a false god, an… Continue reading Sacrificing our Children to Molech- Does this Command Still Apply in 2022?
We’ve been home from India for about a month and a half. I can’t believe it! This time has been full of adjusting, exhaustion, joy, and “I can’t believe she’s actually here!” In a lot of ways, though, it feels like we’ve been home for longer, and that Faith has just always been with us.… Continue reading Adoption Update- Our Trip to India!
By God’s grace, I don’t have a ton of regret from my teen years. However, my one strong regret is my heart toward modesty. I rolled my eyes at dress codes and such conversations. God has been kind to change my heart, and I see the selfishness and immaturity in my teen ways. Now, I’m… Continue reading Let’s Talk About Modesty (from a Biblical Perspective)
This was originally published on LifeWay Girls. As summer ended, I planned one last Bible study with my youth girls, complete with homemade ice cream. The ice cream was a complete fail, though, never thickening as it should. I laughed it off and offered milkshakes, but these ministry failures often cause insecurities to arise in… Continue reading Ditching Insecurity for the Security of Christ
In late October, we were thrilled to hear the news that we had received verbal court orders. This meant that verbally, Faith was legally our daughter. The next step was to receive written court orders (basically, put that she’s legally ours in writing). This was a huge step! The judge that gave us verbal court… Continue reading Adoption Update- Our Court Process