Silenced

It has been eight long months since I've last posted. Eight months. If you've read any of my writing, you'll know I only post when I feel inspired and believe God has something to say through me (with an occasional smattering of fun), which would naturally lead you to believe that I haven't been inspired for eight months. That is really far from the truth. Through my writings the last couple … [Read more...]

Spiritual Muscles

This handsome senior has just been accepted into his first choice for college: BAYLOR! (And yes, it was his very own first choice.) As fabulous as that is, and as proud as we are, that isn't the reason for this blog. Two years ago, we were awaiting Baylor's response to Becky's  application and I was in knots. We were living in Minnesota, without a job, trying to move out of Minnesota, … [Read more...]

On Mothering

It has been said that we learn more from what is caught than what is taught; our actions speak so much louder than our words. This weekend, when we pause to reflect on our mothers, or ourselves as mothers, or all manner of mothering, there's a whirlwind of emotion for so many. It can be a frustrating holiday, a heart-wrenching day, or a joy-filled, exciting celebration of a fabulous … [Read more...]

9 Gallons

This isn't an actual picture of the inside of my refrigerator, but it certainly could be. I grocery shop nearly every day and recently noticed I was having a hard time keeping the milk shelf stocked. So I counted just how much milk we were drinking in a week. Nine. Nine gallons of milk are consumed by this family in one week ~ more than a gallon a day. When our kids were little, we had an … [Read more...]

Will You Trust Me?

Looking through old Throwback Thursday photos is one of my favorite things to do on Facebook and Instagram. So I thought I'd do a different kind of Throwback Thursday, one that takes a look back at the most difficult season of our lives. The fact that our three Minnesota years were difficult wasn't hidden from my readers ~ but exactly how difficult was. I want to take a moment to reiterate … [Read more...]

30 Years of Us

  This weekend we will celebrate 30 years of marriage. 30 years makes us sound really old, but we sure don't feel old. 30 years is quite an accomplishment in this day and age of disposable everything. 30 years of marriage has been the single greatest accomplishment of my life. And a 30-year long thriving marriage kind of gives you a platform to share with others how it's done, … [Read more...]

So What’s It Gonna Be?

It's only appropriate when this was the view from my windshield this morning, April 4, that I speak about the elation we feel about the opportunity to leave Minnesota. However, in all fairness to this state I've found so difficult to love, the discomfort of the past three years here had far more to do with God's divine plan than the seemingly endless winters. If you've spent any time listening … [Read more...]

My Praying Knees

Many a mom looks down at her stretched belly skin, her spit-up stained clothing, and blood-shot, sleep-deprived eyes and would trade none of them for the precious sleeping baby in her arms. Those external indicators of new motherhood are worn as badges of honor. Those badges are distant memories for me, likewise for most parents of young adults. These days, when my kids no longer live under our … [Read more...]

My Little Porcupine

Do you have a porcupine? We do. Actually, we've got a sweet daughter whose turning 21 today, and she spent the better part of her teenage years as a porcupine. That's the image God gave me for her as I spent countless hours praying about her behavior. Porcupines actually have soft hair, but it's mixed with quills that lie flat until the animal is threatened. When they are preyed upon, the … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Leftovers

My philosophy for holiday celebrations has always been 'the more, the merrier.' Before we started coaching, we were living in the house we thought we'd live in forever back in Chicagoland.  The flow of the house, the finished walkout basement and the yard were all appointed with entertaining the masses in mind, and entertain we did. Every year we were in that home, to my delight, most of the … [Read more...]