Family Story: Develop the Plan {Short and Long Term Vision}

Vision Glasses

Now that we have taken a magnifying glass to assess our family more closely, it’s time to pull out some bifocals.  You have identified your family’s values {the what}, your family’s mission {the why} and now it’s time to tackle vision {the how}. We imagine and dream of what our family will look like, what we […]

Family Story: Develop the Plan {Why We Need Vision}

Vision Planning

Where there is no vision, the people perish. Proverbs 29:18 We are 14 days from the onset of Spring and it cannot come too soon, in my opinion. Winter has taken its toll on me, both physically and emotionally. It’s hard to plan with unpredictable weather and honestly, the cold makes me depressed and longing […]

Family Story: How to Write Your Mission Statement

Family Mission Compass

A mission statement is a summary of goals, values and culture that provides a compass by which a company, organization or family is guided. As I mentioned when we first began sharing about family mission, most mission statements are clear and concise. The mission of a business may only be one sentence. As a family […]

Use Visuals to Share Faith with this Family Lent Devotional

Grow with Me Lent Family Devotional

  Using Visuals to Share Faith with Your Children Children develop their ability to comprehend and understand ideas through images or pictures as they learn and grow. Beginning with bold color and shapes in baby books, then moving through picture books, kids eventually abandon illustration for simple words on a page when they are ready. […]

Family Story: Consider the Plot {Developing Mission}


We have looked at defining our mission, but now it’s time to develop it a bit. I first wanted to share my own story of a recent plot development that drastically changed my family story. While nursing my third child, I found great joy in reading a good book on my phone. When I finished […]

Why My Second Chance at Love is Good for My Kids

Second Chance at Love

We’ve all heard that it’s better for kids to grow up with their mom and dad under the same roof. I wouldn’t dream of discounting that theory, as I am an adult-child of divorce, and I know firsthand the damage done to my emotional well-being by not having a “whole” family throughout my childhood. There […]

Family Story: Consider the Plot {Defining Mission}

Following God's Assignment

We spent the past month assessing and developing our core family values. Values are like beacons that point our focus and attention in a specific direction. Values are our WHY and once we know the why it’s time to determine the WHAT. Businesses and ministries write mission statements to communicate what they are about and […]

Sharing the Hard Parts of Our Family Story


My husband and I met in college. I was a freshmen and he was a junior. We married just after I graduated and this year we will celebrate 13 years. When I look back over our 4 years of dating and each year of our marriage, I think about many happy things like our first […]

Family Story: How to Write Your Values Statement


So we have explored what your values look like according to snapshots of your lifestyle and we have begun the process of developing our family values.  Now it’s time to prioritize and solidify what we have found and actually write out our family values. Values come from our experiences, culture, and faith. Our initial set […]

Family Story: Set the Stage {Developing Values}

Family Values

Over the past 9 years, loss has been a major theme in our family story. Since 2006, my husband and I have lost 4 babies through miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy and both of our mothers to horrible diseases. We fought hard to establish our family while we leaned in close to our siblings and fathers […]