0 In Faith

I Can’t Imagine Raising Jesus

Usually I think of what a privilege Mary was given. Chosen by God to raise His only Son! But this year, I thought, man, what a colossal responsibility!

As I listened to a beautiful duet of “Mary Did You Know” at church this morning, those are the words that ran through my mind. I can’t imagine raising Jesus. Usually I think of what a privilege Mary was given. Chosen by God to raise His only Son! But this year, I thought, man, what a colossal responsibility! You see, this year, I have an infant and toddler. And this year, I am struggling with postpartum anxiety, depression, and post…

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0 In marriage/ memories

Happy Anniversary! 4 years of being awesome…together 😉

Dear Stu,  Happy Anniversary! Since you are a numbers guy, I thought you might enjoy a special report of our significant numbers.  4 years of wedded bliss 😉 1 wonder dog, Maverick  541 days of you taking care of a pregnant wife (3 pregnancies)   1 baby with Jesus   2 special deliveries    2 kids to raise and watch grow 1 vehicle bought together  1 graduation ceremony and party (🎉) 3 different jobs for you, 2 big promotions 3…

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0 In motherhood

When My Baby Cries

When my baby cries, she starts off with a soft whining sound that slowly builds to full throttle and stays that way.  For a few hours.

When my baby cries, it’s almost supper time and I’m trying to get some meat thawing in the microwave. My toddler is hangry, bored, and missing Daddy. When my baby cries, I attempt to brown hamburger while my toddler follows at my feet whining “Hold me, Mommy. Mommy, hold me. Mommy!” When my baby cries, she starts off with a soft whining sound that slowly builds to full throttle and stays that way.  For a few hours. My blood pressure…

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Just Doing Their Job

Today, I’m proud of my brother-in-law, Grand Island firefighter, Seth Ross. He climbed 110 flights of stairs. In full turnout gear. He was one of 343 firefighters who participated in the Denver Stair Climb. 110 flights of stairs because the World Trade Center was 110 stories tall. And 343 firefighters climbed because that is how many of New York’s finest we lost on September 11, 2001. Seth climbed for William S. O’Keefe, one of those 343. 343. That number is…

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We Named You For Her

Yes, we named you after two amazing women. But, I’ll never tell you that you have big shoes to fill. God made you unique.

Millie She was a head tossed back laughing. She was beautiful blue eyes with a mischievous twinkle. She was playing the organ and singing old hymns. She was rolling dough to make homemade noodles. She was getting chased by headless chickens but having the last laugh when she’d fry them up extra crispy. She was always on the go. On a lawn-mower, a 4-wheeler, an old pick-up truck. She didn’t quit. She worked hard on the farm for everything she…

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1 In Faith

Update: The Great Lenz Migration and The Latest on Little Sis

I am so sorry it has been such a long time since I’ve written. Life overwhelmed me for a bit there. For those of you who missed it, this happened.  We moved away from our home in North Platte to put down roots in my hometown, Giltner. Stu is the new principal/superintendent at MY school. I think God likes to throw us funny life quirks that we never thought we’d see coming. Just to let us know He’s in charge…

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Truly This Was the Son Of God

It’s Good Friday. This week, I spent some time reading the account of Jesus’s betrayal, crucifixion, and the resurrection. Like many of you, I’ve read this account many times. At least once a year at Easter time. But this year, something stood out to me that hadn’t before. The centurion and his confession of Christ. You can read all of Matthew 27 for context but at the point of the centurion’s confession, Jesus had been crucified and just gave up…

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Dreaming of Tulips

You guys, it feels good just to log onto this blog, open up a blank post and type. It feels like I haven’t written in forever. The week of Christmas, we found out we are expecting another baby! We couldn’t be more excited about our little Christmas gift. But when the holidays settled down, the sickness settled in. January felt like the month of yuck. Morning sickness that was actually all day, random sickness…feeling like my days were spent rocking on…

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0 In Faith/ motherhood

Lessons in Parenting: I’m Being Watched

I feel like somebody’s watching me. Somebody little. And to further creep me out, he’s copying me. Mimicking me. Somedays, it actually feels like he might be mocking me! Sometimes it’s cute. Like how he chirps “Here ya go!” when I hand him anything. Apparently, I say that often? Or how he holds his toy phone up to his ear and parrots, “hello!” over and over. I guess he’s seen me do that before a few times. But sometimes, it’s…

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0 In memories

Highlights From Our Family Christmas

Being a parent at Christmas time is something special. You get to relive Christmas through a child's eyes.

  Christmas 2016 is in the books. It was so much fun to watch Colton experience Christmas this year. He is at an observant age. Everything is “Whas ‘at”? Anything new to him is “ooo” and “wow!” We had our little family Christmas on the 23rd. Stu came home from work and we opened presents.                     For supper, we made Cornish Hens and mashed potatoes. The Cornish Hens were a tradition that…

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