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 that we got to surprise my husband.  I had to go during the day while he was at work because of the office’s scheduling, so I decided to just not … 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 goals here, but I didn’t share some of what I would like to grow in throughout this year.  In years past I would jot down over a dozen resolutions and … 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 following Him.  Although I don’t think it is necessary to know the day or even week that this happened, I am still thankful to have a date to celebrate.  I … 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 are not really tangible ones, such as knowing how to decorate or which clothes to buy.  I just like bonding beforehand with a name and prayers geared toward this specific … 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, but I keep hearing so much about setting “New Year’s Goals” rather than “New Year’s Resolutions.”  So, being who I am, I decided to ponder this and look up some … 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 never struggle with it.  I’m sure they will.  However, I pray this will be such a part of their lives, that it will be quickly noticed by them when they … 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.  Nonetheless, Mary was faithful.  She was humble.  She must have continually been in wonder at the whole situation. As I have been thinking about this and preparing my own heart … 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 or hear, we sometimes speak before thinking. Am I right? Well as a young mother I am very aware of this human phenomenon of open-mouth-insert-foot.  However my concern is that … 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 gets to know sheep, the more one can realize how much we humans relate to them.  The bottom line is this: Sheep need not just a shepherd, but a very … Continue Reading →

Monthly Memo: And We’re Going on November (November/December 2013)

So it’s almost November!  I’ve been away from the blog-world for a while because I found out I was pregnant in early August, and I decided to pretty much only focus on eating, sleeping, and homeschooling.  All other activities that didn’t involve my husband and children were put aside for a time until I didn’t feel like I was actually growing many babies inside.  For the record, as far as I know there is only one.  I’m back in action now though and really looking forward to this time of year. I love November because I love focusing on giving … Continue Reading →