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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0 In marriage/ memories/ motherhood

Our Family Christmas Letter 2016

I am always torn about mailing Christmas cards. I’m an old soul so I appreciate getting real mail. I love to hang up the thoughtful cards sent from family and friends. We enjoy the faces smiling from our fridge until we finally take them down to put up the new ones. But in the name of simplifying Christmas with both time and money, I decided to skip mailing out cards. I am on social media so often, I figure it’s…

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2 In Faith

Advent Devotional: Come And Behold Him

When was the last time you worshiped as you sang the old familiar Christmas carols proclaiming His birth? "O Come, All Ye Faithful" says to "come, and behold Him".

Have you stopped to behold Him yet this Christmas season? I know, it’s a busy time of year. Full of Christmas lists and shopping, wrapping paper and gift bags, decking the halls, endlessly addressing Christmas cards, running to this pageant and that program, feast planning and baking, charity events, trips to see Santa, Holiday light tours, caroling, family get-togethers. All good things. Festive and family-focused. Spreading good cheer to all. There’s nothing wrong with it. I love this time of…

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0 In Faith

Advent Devotional: Upon a Midnight Clear

What if, at Christmastime, we remember that it’s not about us, it’s about Him. The Great Light that pierces our midnight.

If I close my eyes, I can picture that night. Pitch black and still. Quiet. When suddenly, it wasn’t dark or quiet anymore. The brilliant light of the angels’ glory pierced the darkness and startled the shepherds sleepily guarding their sheep. Upon that midnight clear, they began to sing a “glorious song of old”. Luke 2:13-14 says, “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and…

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2 In motherhood

Motherhood Moment to Memory: He Waved and Walked Away…

He waved and walked away from me yesterday. I dropped him off by the church nursery door for my MOPS meeting. He gave me a little wave and walked right in.

He waved and walked away from me yesterday. I dropped him off by the church nursery door for my MOPS meeting. He gave me a little wave and walked right in. Made a beeline for the toys. And he didn’t look back. I watched him go with a mix of emotions. All last year, I tried to leave him in the nursery and they always brought him back to me. He wanted to be held or he wanted to nurse.…

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1 In marriage

Why Our Weekend Getaway Was Important For Our Marriage

We needed time for just the two of us. We needed to reconnect. We needed a getaway. That's why we headed off for Estes Park, Co in late October.

Sometimes, you just need a getaway. Adulting is hard. It can be tough to be married and even tougher to be parents. It seems so whimsical and romantic at first glance. The proposal, the wedding, the rings, happily ever after and cute, cuddly special deliveries from the stork. But, the stork didn’t deliver our son. I DID. And while he is certainly cute and cuddly, his birth was not so much. Ahh…reality. The bills that followed his birth were also…

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0 In Faith/ presidental race

Note To Self: Don’t Put Your Trust in Presidents or Policies

I’ve been scared for the future because I have been putting my trust in presidents and policies. But those things are failing me.

November is upon us. As much as I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving, family time, and even more football, I’m also dreading it. Why? Things that I have grown to trust are letting me down. #1. The election. Do I even need to explain? #2. Health Insurance. Like pretty much everyone else, our insurance premiums and deductibles have risen to the point where insurance will only be helpful to us in the event of a major catastrophe. Meanwhile, month to month,…

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0 In marriage

Once Upon A Time

I’ve always been a big fan of stories. Especially the kind with a happy ending. Especially the love story kind. I enjoyed fairy tales growing up and of course, I loved Disney movies. The princess always found her prince. One of the things that I love most about fairy tales is that, while they often have a happy ending, it’s not always happy the whole way through. The characters have to go through something tough first or there’s a difficult…

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4 In Faith/ marriage/ motherhood/ pregnancy loss

Rejoicing with Those Who Rejoice: When It Hurts

My whole life, I dreamt of being a wife and a mom. I had career goals and aspirations but I didn’t want those things if they were separate from getting married and having kids. A family of my own. That was the ultimate dream. But as life often goes, I had to wait. And most of my close childhood friends did not. They married their high school sweethearts. I was a bridesmaid or sang at their weddings. I was happy…

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