Healing In the Moments After; Facing Change

It may be August, but it’s January 2nd at our house. The day after the honeymoon. The gifts are given, cookies eaten, and the guests have gone. The house sits still even with this large crew. Summer colds kick us while we digest all that has passed.

There are moments that we wish we could hold onto forever. The ones that we can’t seem to breathe in enough. The moment we hold the soft, small body of our newborn close to us and smell the newness of life. The butterflies and joy of angst and anticipation, of an unknown and hoped for future, felt on our wedding day. The last day laughing and sharing time together before we drop our baby off for college. Holidays. Milestones. They pass by so quickly. It’s a minute, a blink.

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Breaking Down a Fortress of Shame

There was a time when I longed to be remembered for physical beauty and unattainable perfection.

A time when the pain stung from saying goodbye to a dear friend and my brother’s untimely departure. A time when wounds ran deep and loss seemed second nature.

It was before Jesus, before I gave my life to Him. I grew up in the church, but I believed God to be too busy world watching to care about my anguish. He seemed too big to notice me. It was a time before the Word took place in my heart and moved my life forward.

Breaking Down a Fortress of Shame

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Telling My Children the Truth About the World They Live In

I’m staring at this sweet little face. Her smile lights the room and her deep blue eyes stare back at mine. She coos at giddy attention and toys that hang over head. She is content with her world. And sometimes I wonder how I will tell her all the things I’ll need to tell her. How will I tell her what awaits her in the not so distant future, the days when she is looking into the eyes of her precious blessing wondering the same thing?

Her 5 siblings run and play in our rain forest backyard, comfortable in their own little world. Confident in the truth they hear, read, and feel. Confident in His word and His voice in their hearts. And I worry. I worry about all that will fall upon them as the years pass. All that will face them as they grow. All that their hearts will need to contend with as they raise their own families and forge their own paths. I pray fervently that their paths will be His path, that their ways will be His ways. I pray and I pray. I worry about the time to come and I worry about the now. I wonder how I will tell them all they will need to know. All that awaits their world.

Telling My Children the Truth About the World

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Not Keeping God In a Box; Allowing the Lord to Permeate All Areas of Your Life

Sweet, sassy, and creative, you really never know what she might present to you. She is one step away from her own A&E crafting show. Her mind sees things that most don’t. Everything is art and everything is beautiful. So, when my free spirited 7 year old handed me a box, I had no idea what to expect.

“This is for you, Mama, to brighten your day. Open it.” I took the box from her and slowly lifted the lid. I was amused with anticipation to see what she thought of this time. And there it was just a box full of tiny pieces of paper that she had cut up. She smiled with excitement as she looked to my face to see my thoughts. “It’s colorful paper!” I smiled, letting her know that I appreciated the gift. “In the box, yes.” She replied. “ But, scattered everywhere it is a beautiful decoration!” She danced about the room dropping the paper with such joy. In her favorite English accent, she looked back at me and added, “ Isn’t it delightful, Mother?” And, I realized in that moment, in such simplicity, that my sweet little girl had stumbled upon something quite profound. Not Keeping God in a Box [Read more…]

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Life Giving Words, The Power of Words to Bring Encouragement

There is a time when the house is still. The kids are snug in their beds and exhaustion meets us where we lay. In those moments the words come. Life giving words. The words that didn’t flow as easily in the business of our hurried day. The words that need to be said more often than now. Words that build up and set hearts in motion.

I appreciate you.

          You’re funny.

                   You amaze me.

                           God designed you for this.

                                     You are a blessing.

                                                 I love you.

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Life giving words.

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Death By Pinterest, Not Allowing Social Media to Dictate Who We Are

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It was my four year old’s birthday party. The day I fondly remember as when my sanity jumped the shark. If you weren’t a “Happy Days” fan back in the day then you’ll just have to stick with me to know what I mean. (Or, you can always Google.) My sweet little guy was turning 4 and decided he wanted a train party, not really because he loved trains. He just couldn’t think of anything else. I thought I would try to make it the most memorable I-just-picked-a-random-theme-for-a-birthday-celebration-with-extended-family-party that I possibly could.

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Why We Homeschool

I could answer the question in so many ways.

Why do we homeschool?

Why We Homeschool

Our Kids Have the Opportunity to Explore the Outdoors Every Day

I could tell you how I never intended on this life. I could tell you how we tried preschool, and while some of it was not a great experience, other parts gave us amazing memories. I could tell you about all the homeschooling people that the Lord put in our path during that first year of preschool. How they spoke into my life without trying to do so. How God used them to answer the very prayers I was lifting up to Him regarding concerns I had with preschool and the years of elementary ahead. I could tell you how my husband and I both fought this idea until we saw how our son had needs that weren’t being met. Until we submitted to what was clearly His call on our life.

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When Our Calling Brings Criticism

Set apart.

Maybe you were called to this life so that people would ask questions. So that others would wonder. Take notice. Maybe the Lord wants you to stand out.

When your calling brings criticism

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Beauty From Ashes: We Are Made New

 

Where the Rich Black Lava Meets the Sea

Where the Rich Black Lava Meets the Sea

I never envisioned myself living in Hawaii. Vacationing there wasn’t even of interest. It seemed too expensive. Too far. Out of reach.

I had visited the Caribbean numerous times and loved it. Great memories took place there. I have always loved the ocean. But, the gulf coast of Florida was where I set my sights. The sweet smell of the ocean. Breezes that cool even scorching temperatures. Carefree living. I wanted that life. I prayed for that life. But, the call never came.

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Authentically Exposed: Showing Grace to Those Who Share Their Story

Have you ever played sardines? It’s like hide and seek, except that only one person hides. Then as the others discover that hidden person, they stay in the hiding place with them until the last person uncovers everyone. It’s pretty amusing as you can imagine and gets lots of laughs. What works as hiding for one, does not always work for many. It’s just hard to let other people into those small, hidden places.

Authentically Exposed

I spent years hiding. Hiding from who I was, what I had done, what I thought. Hiding from anything that scared me or made me feel less than. I hid behind accomplishments, behind make up and clothes, behind stuff. So much stuff used to make me feel worthy. Perfectionism allowed me to hide from my inadequacies. I hid from the world. And I hoped that no one would see into my dark places.

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