• My Truth Is…

    I entered the kitchen this morning to find my daughter sprawled out on her back in front of the refrigerator (not unusual), and my son standing next to her. Our little white tower fan was to his left, now pulled out into the middle of the floor instead of its normal spot next to the wall. Now, the kids know not to touch the fan, this is not a new thing. So my first mistake, perhaps, was asking who moved the fan. In retrospect, I am sure there is probably a way I could have rounded up some information, done a little sleuthing to get to the facts with them…

  • Embraced In The Middle

    Just this week the Lord showed me in an intimate way how He loves me in the middle of my disobedience. It was a week where it seemed my kids had lost their minds, forgetting every rule we have ever had in our home, and finding new creative ways to act out (sneaking out of bed and playing at 10pm in the living room, playing a stellar game of hide and seek at 6:30AM, only forgetting to clue us in on the game. I could go on, and this is just the youngest). I found myself taking it so personally, as a direct indicator of my effectiveness as a parent,…

  • New exciting things

    “I believe God made me for a purpose, but He also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure. ” -Eric Liddell I have always loved this quote, for as long as I can remember. I loved what it represents, this possibility that when you are fully in your life, connected to the purposes for which God has created you, that you experience Him in a far greater and more tangible way this side of heaven. Maybe you have caught a glimpse of this in your own life, when you have tasted a nibble of something that sparks your passion or perhaps, for you more adventurous types, have…

  • A New Word for A New Year

    I love these types of posts. These are the posts where I get to share what the Lord has been pouring into me, to proclaim His Presence that has so faithfully been here the whole time (even when my eyes can’t see and my ears can’t hear), to acknowledge what He has been doing in my life, to really press in and know Him and His ways more and more, to recognize how He is fulfilling His promises to me (and all of creation). Last year,  I heard the Lord whisper the word “fulfill” to my heart. And He was so faithful to continue to speak along these lines. It…

  • Do you need to go to time-out?

    I had this thought today, as my daughter is whining about sitting down for her devotional & school time. Shouts of “I’m going to be so bored” (her newest phrase , thank you, Sofia the First) and “But I’m going to be exhausted after this and not be able to play with my shopkins” where heard throughout the land, demands that the unjust and not fun rulership be overthrown and for the young citizens to have their way! Despite the compelling arguments, we still proceeded with a time-out for an attitude adjustment and started again. In the authority that God has given me as her mother, I stood my ground…

  • A New Season (A New Default)

    This past December was really enjoyable.  It hasn’t always been this way. Years past, this was a crazy-busy time of year for our family and I hate to admit it, but Advent was the last thing on my mind. We loved Jesus (still do!), but there were ‘more pressing’ things that needed to be done, deadlines that needed to be met, and our lack of preparation for this month dictated our schedules and attention. And we were so surrounded by this type of rhythm and pace that we never really knew it could be different. It fell into the category of “that’s just what you do,” like a lot of…

  • January – Going On Safari

    This month, Mother Goose Time is taking us on safari! Here’s a sneak peak into some of the fun we’ll be having with our last month of Mother Goose Time! As much as we have LOVED using this curriculum and still will highly recommend it for anyone looking for quality, fun curriculum for their littles, we have sensed the Lord leading us in a new direction for 2016 and that called for us to let go of a few of our current plans and commitments in order to make room for what He has in store! So although it is bittersweet to let go of good things, we are excited…

  • Joy

    This December has been filled with a lot of things. A lot of questions. A lot of doubts. A lot of seeking the Lord and in His faithfulness, a lot of finding Him in all of it. I’ve been reminded of the truth of this passage: “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:13 Unfortunately for me, this wholehearted seeking tends to be because I’ve hit the end of myself. I have tried and tried again to do all the things in my own strength and wisdom, and have come up short. Energy expended, I fall at His feet, again, and He consistently and gently lifts…

  • More Math and Literacy with Peter

    This December our family is taking a break from school as we reassess how things have been going this past year and prayerfully approach 2016.  But it’s been nice to focus and enjoy our Advent season, anticipating Christ’s ultimate return and also His movement in our lives now. It has been great to be able to pull out some stand-alone activities that we can pull out when we run across windows of time when the kid want to do something productive with their hands. This past week, we pulled out a couple of previous month’s More Math and Literacy workbooks, just for a fun activity that would also help us…

  • Christmas Fun and the Evil Boo-ba

    We’ve had some fun getting into this month’s special Christmas activity pack. We spent a whole morning exploring some of the crafts and games that were included, and it was fun to see the kids’ creativity come out. The first was a number game where we had Santa’s beard, some cotton balls, some numbered stockings, and an angry elf (who Natalie named “The Evil Boo-ba”). The object of the game was to pull stockings randomly from my hand and place a cottonball on the matching number on Santa’s beard. However, if you drew “The Evil Bee-ba”, you had to take away three of the cottonballs. Santa and his beard Numbered…