Christmas Blessing Giveaway


Christmas brings back so many memories for me… But one that will always fill this week is the anticipation of our daughter Selah’s birth. Waiting. Anticipating. Praying. Thinking about adoption and the little baby girl who would join our family on December 12th. Preparing. Lydia, our youngest, who is four– Has been asking a lot [Read More...]

October 30, 2013


  Celebrating– Double-digits. And our first teenager. Returning from– A fun weekend in Seattle with family celebrating Grandma, Grandpa, Eliana, Cavan, and Laura birthdays–   swimming, airplane museum, movies, swimming, Rainforest café, and more swimming… Reading– Crazy Busy– Kevin DeYoung The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness– Tim Keller The Golden Goblet– Eloise McGraw   Listening to– The Gettys [Read More...]

When You Forget That You Bought Praying Mantis Eggs…


And… This is what happens when you forget that you bought 2 praying mantis eggs and that each eggs contains 200 babies and that you meant to put them in a jar so that you would remember to watch them hatch so you could put them outside and not forget to make sure not to [Read More...]

Mom in the Mirror (guest post & giveaway by Emily Wierenga)

MomMirror high res cover

Today I’d like to introduce you to my friend Emily and also to her recently published book– Mom in the Mirror. She’s generously offered to give away a copy of her book to one of our readers. Please leave a comment below to be entered in the drawing. Why every mama should read this book… [Read More...]

What Silence Says…


“You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know…” ~William Wilberforce As a former English teacher, I love words. Words create and convey and communicate meaning beyond their literality. For instance, when someone asks me where “Lydia’s real mom lives?”… The question has adoption-parent-child-relationship-implications, that communicate [Read More...]

Mother’s Day Blessing (A Giveaway for You!)

Mother's Day

  Last week my brother and sister-in-law’s little ones stayed with us for five days. They are– just-turned-3 and barely-5. We love those kids and had tons of fun… But add that in with our own 3 year old and– I realized just how much I’d forgotten about what it was like to have three small [Read More...]

Dear I.R.S. Lady

IRS Lady

  Things have been pretty heavy around here lately. And taxes are due NEXT MONDAY!!! So in honor of filing our 2012 taxes, just wanted to share this one with you…   Dear I.R.S. Lady, 2:59 pm–I am already late to pick up our big kids, but still stop to get the mail. Bad choice. [Read More...]

Praying for Baby Oliver…


  I asked my cousin Hannah if I could share this prayer request with you. I know many of you have already been praying for this sweet little one. Baby Oliver was born on Monday.  My cousin and her husband were told early on in the pregnancy that Oliver would need heart surgery within the [Read More...]

Connecting Church and Home

Church and Home

  I’ll never forget the church I considered my church when I was growing up. Fallbrook First Baptist Church, in Fallbrook, California… land of the avocado groves. We went to several churches over the first 18 years of my life, but it’s the one where my memories and faith were solidified. It’s the church where I [Read More...]

Lost My Voice

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Just stopping in for a quick hello… It’s a been a strange last 30 days. Since Valentine’s Day– One virus-bug-infection-something-yuck after another and a few weeks ago I completely lost my voice. And it felt like I lost my voice too. My writing voice. Just nothing. I’m the kind of person who would rather go [Read More...]

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