When More Fun is Calling

The last week has been stressful.  I don’t know exactly why other than the fact that I have been less patient, feeling pressure of getting some things done before the new baby is born – which will be anytime within the next three weeks or so.  Also we had a vacation last week, so perhaps getting back into routine was harder? Homeschooling has been moving along, chores are getting done, … Continue Reading →

Bringer of Joy

A few weeks ago I wrote about our attempts to find out the gender of the next little blessing we expect to join our family in April.  You can read that here if you are not up to speed. Well in an unexpected turn of events, my initial ultrasound appointment with my midwife’s backup physician was changed to a much earlier date.  One of the most fun parts of this was … Continue Reading →

Monthly Memo: January/February 2014

Ok, so I know that “Monthly Memo” is not really a clear name for what I know do as a memo every two months, but it’s just so catchy. Anywho. How’s the new year going?  It’s already into February, and I don’t think I have forgotten to write “2014″ instead of “2013″ once!  That has to be a new achievement.  I wrote a couple of weeks ago about resolutions vs … Continue Reading →

Half My Life

I had a moment this week when I was overwhelmed with immense gratitude.  Maybe there were several moments leading up to this, but one moment in particular gave me again a glimpse of that for which I am most thankful. This week I celebrated the anniversary of when I decided to follow Jesus as my Lord and my Savior.  It’s been half of my life now that I have been … Continue Reading →

And So We Wait

It’s a funny thing when it is clear that our plans are not God’s plans. I really enjoy finding out the gender of a baby of mine while I am still pregnant.  I know there are strong opinions on this, and I honestly don’t look at it very strongly (so chill, people – I know there are “so few surprises in life, etc, etc”).  The reasons I like to know … Continue Reading →

Words Matter: Resolution vs Goal

Happy New Year!  Many people talk about New Year’s Resolutions each January.  I personally love the new year because I feel like it’s a fresh start with tons of potential ahead.  Some people also love the new year and making a choice to do something differently this year.  It’s about a new accomplishment, a new habit, or a new skill, for example. Maybe I’m just noticing it more this year, … Continue Reading →

Cultivating Contentment in Your Children

  Several months ago I wrote a post about discontentment.  You can read that here. Since that time, I have been praying and intentionally working on contentment not only in myself, but also instilling contentment in my children’s hearts. This is such a valuable life lesson, and I pray they can learn to form this habit of contentment at as early of an age as possible.  Not that they will … Continue Reading →

A Dance Offering for Advent

Being pregnant during Christmas always leads me to thinking more about Mary and what it must have been like to be pregnant with Jesus.  Not only was she pregnant with the Messiah, but also she was young, a virgin, pledged to be married, and had a story about how it all happened that many people found difficult to believe.  I will never have a pregnancy so interestingly and gloriously difficult. … Continue Reading →

Words Matter: “Your Hands are Full,” and Other Ways to Discourage Young Parents

I am continually more convinced that when I don’t know what to say, I should just say nothing.  I have learned this myself, sometimes very painfully, but also through the countless examples of others. When there seems to be a space, a void, a pause in conversation we people seem to be tempted to fill it with something…well…dumb.  When we are surprised, angered, annoyed, or astonished by what we see … Continue Reading →

The Mother Sheep: Leading, Peace, Insight, and Encouragement

*The following first section of this post is an excerpt from another post from a couple of years ago (You can read part 1 here and part 2 here).  However to further illustrate the point of this post, I have included this excerpt at the beginning.  (Photo by iStockphoto/ilbusca)* Sheep are the most frequently mentioned animal in the Bible, believe it or not, and for good reason.  The more one … Continue Reading →