The End of L.H.O.T.P. Night


Tomorrow is the last L.H.O.T.P. night. We started watching four or five years ago, when my husband bought me the boxed set for Christmas. I think that was the year we hatched duck eggs and the year Lydia joined us. Every Thursday night… Fast food, plastic trays, and an episode of Little House on the [Read More…]

Our Favorite Traditions (Rhythms of The Better Mom Writers)

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Traditions are important to our family. “Celebrations are the ritualized interruptions in the continuum of daily life which remind us who we are, where we came from and where we are going.” -Milo Shannon-Thornberry God has used traditions and ceremonies and feasts and festivals all throughout history to help His people– Remember. “Pass on before [Read More…]

“To You, From Me” (and sharing over at The Better Mom)


  Today I’m over at The Better Mom… Sharing some favorite-fun-funny-family-memories– I promise it’ll be worth the trip. If you’re stopping by here, from reading over at The Better Mom– Thank you and welcome and… I am so thankful for each and every one of you who give up your time to read these words I write. [Read More…]

From The Chuppies– Merry Christmas 2012

Merry Christmas 2012

Dear Everyone We Love, This is the letter that should have gone out with the Christmas card that you may have already received, may not receive if I didn’t update my address book correctly, or that you may receive twice if I didn’t remember to mark your name off our list the first time I [Read More…]

Making the Case for Giving Gifts…

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This is the first year they bought gifts with their own money. Unprompted. Our kiddos, Took their own meager stockpile and headed to the mall with my parents while my husband and I were gone this past weekend for our anniversary… And they bought a Christmas gift for me. And it pulled on the strands [Read More…]

Remembering Not to Forget…

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  Tonight, at dinner, Lydia asked to pray. She is three. This was her prayer: “Dear Jesus…I hope you enjoy your Christmas party.” Me too. But how easily I forget. How quickly I get sidetracked by the broken bulb on the light strand and the number of air mattresses we may or may not need. [Read More…]

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?


  Should Christians even participate in Halloween? My husband and I are in agreement when it comes to this topic.  But, I’m not going to tell you what our family does when it comes to Halloween (though you can probably guess where our convictions fall just by glancing through old photos from past Octobers). I’m [Read More…]

Recounting the Past…(Sharing over at The Better Mom today)


Is that why the Israelites keep recounting their past– to trust God for their future? Remembering is an act of thanksgiving, this turn of the heart over time’s shoulder to see all the long way His arms have carried. ~Ann Voskamp Want to know one way that our family remembers? Please join me over at [Read More…]

One Way To Encourage Your Child’s Teacher (Sharing over at The Better Mom)

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  I loved my teaching days. And I truly cared about the students God brought through my classroom door. I prayed that He would use me to encourage them and help them grow into the kind of people He created them to be. But, so many times, it was my students and their parents who [Read More…]

To Die, and Leave Our Children Free…

Peter Jones Knapp —  The only Civil War veteran buried in Willamette National Cemetery… (from Vicksburg in 1863 to Oregon in 2012). Spirit, that made those heroes dare To die, and leave their children free, Bid Time and Nature gently spare The shaft we raise to them and thee. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson The life of Lt. [Read More…]

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