An Unfinished Family Photo

An Unfinished Family Photo

Peoples’ eyebrows raise when they see our family photo. They often exclaim something like “Holy cow! Are all those yours?” We have a big family. Six kids. There was a time when we had one child in potty training and one in driver’s training at the same time. Learning to juggle carpools, soccer games and […]

Why I Choose to Follow Instead of Lead


  “Simon says, touch your toes. Simon says, stick out your tongue. Simon says, jump up and down. Now pat your head. “ And immediately a few of your young friends headed back to their seats after executing a movement without following proper instructions. They didn’t think it through, made a mistake, and had to […]

Family Faith-Building: Learning to Trust


Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 He who promised is faithful. There have been many times, many seasons over the past 30 years of walking with the Lord when I didn’t believe those words. I believed a lie and it was a […]

When Stepping Out of the Boat Means Staying Exactly Where You Are


There are times in our faith journey where Jesus calls us to step out of the boat. We know the story of Peter – the bold one – saying, “Lord, give me the word and I’ll come.” And we know the outcome of the step of faith that resulted. Peter followed Jesus’ footsteps and actually […]

#31 Days, Day 8/9: Be Still

Be still and know that I am God

I’m not pushing myself to follow this 31 Days challenge perfectly. I know my amazing Grace for Moms co-writers will join me from time to time here. But right now, I’m taking it one day at a time as I feel led to share. I hope that’s OK. After all, our journey of faith should […]

#31days, Day 7: A Prayer For When You Are Sinking

A prayer for when you are sinking

I’m trying real hard to step out of the boat friends. Real hard. I know the truth and most of the time I believe it but to be honest, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I am so angry at sickness and injustice and I wonder why we never see the miracles we were promised in the […]

31 Days to Stepping Out of the Boat

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I wasn’t going to participate in the 31 Days Blog Series this year. Working hard to simplify our lives and the work of our hands, Kristy and I thought it best to lay it aside. . .though we had several fun ideas. My mom has cancer and today was a tough day. Despite several attempts […]

Grace for Decision Making: 5 Common Pitfalls to Avoid

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How do you find grace for decision making? I’ve been asking this question a lot lately as my husband and I wade through some important personal and family decisions. Some of the decisions we need to make are of the big, weighty variety and have a lot of ramifications. Others are smaller, and not as […]

5 Reasons To Be Excited About Public School

5 Reasons To Be Excited About Public School

Tonight I attended “meet the teacher” night at my daughter’s school. She’ll enter kindergarten in a little under 36 hours {but who’s counting?}. She got Mrs. Miller, a 12 year veteran teacher at the school. None of her preschool friends are in her class {ugh} and there’s only 5 girls to 15 boys. She says […]