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 →

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 … Continue Reading →

Worshipping the Lord Through Dance

* I apologize for the lack of spaces in between paragraphs.  I am not sure why that won’t stop happening with this post.  Please read it anyway. (Thank you!) If you are like me, you had no idea that something amazing has been going on in the LA area for the last eight years!  There has been a vibrant ministry hosting a Christian urban dance festival every summer!  Click here to check … Continue Reading →

Joy in Panama: Journal Entry #2

You know that moment when you realize that the expectations you had were uncomfortably different than what  became the reality of a situation? It happens.  Sometimes it is just impossible to have accurate expectations.  The key is realizing the problem and running to God for the solution.  I found myself in the thick of this while we were in Panama.  The team part of the ministry trip had been underway … Continue Reading →

Monthly Memo: July and August 2013

This summer was pretty amazing for our family.  It went by so fast because we were having so much fun (future posts will share more about this).  And now it is time to get back to normal routine…and SCHOOL. Planning the School Year: As mentioned before (here), we homeschool around here, and it is time for another school year!  My school age children are in first grade and pre-kindergarten this … Continue Reading →