Leap of Faith: What if Following Your Husband Meant Losing Everything?

leap of faith - edited

Recently, I went to see Woman in Gold,  a movie about an elderly Jewish woman who returns to Vienna six decades after WWII in order to reclaim family belongings that were once seized by the Nazis.  It was really good.  Go see it or rent it! As with much of what I watch, I saw a character struggle with an issue that most - if not all wives - wrestle with at some point in their marriage: the ... [ Read More ]

My Boy’s Gone, Again (& Learning How to Let Go)


CAUTION: BROODING MOM ALERT Two weeks ago I looked like this... This week, I'm curled up in a fetal position, bawling, clothed in sackcloth and ashes. Will you grab your Kleenex and join me in having a teenie-weenie pity party?  (If you do, I'll share my chocolate milkshake with you!) My Marine pulled off today to head back to his military base; and these lyrics by Michael Jackson ‘bout ... [ Read More ]

The Church – A Place to Belong!

The Church - A Place to Belong

The Church is God’s design... a place of encouragement, accountability, spiritual training and relationship building for families. One of the things I love most about being a Christian is going to church every Sunday and worshiping with other believers. I was once told I was a “Bapticostal” because I have both a Baptist and a Pentecostal denominational background.  What’s interesting is ... [ Read More ]

Spineless Downton Abbey & Scandal Retraction

Downton Abbey Retraction

Ah...Um...{Is this thing on?}...I have something I need to get off of my chest... A few weeks ago I wrote this post in which I questioned why Christians watch certain TV shows and movies. Well, I'm retracting those sentiments!  (Or at least some of them.) No, no one has mentioned anything negative to me about it, it's just that I have never posted anything that has left me feeling ... [ Read More ]

Now that I’m a Christian: Six Steps to Joy for New Believers

steps to joy - text

{This post is a follow-up to “You Must Be Born Again: Why we desperately need Jesus Christ” in which the need for salvation through Jesus Christ is explained.} Congratulations on receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior! If you’re wondering “Now what?” as a new believer…please keep reading! (For help on how to look up Bible verses, click here.) When you were born again, you inherited eternal ... [ Read More ]

How to Look Up a Bible Verse

Woman's finger on page in Bible

Howdy Friend! The Bible says that God's word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path (Psalm 119:105).  If you were ever wondering how to find a Bible scripture, here's a bit of help. Sample scripture citation: John 3:16 Find the Book. In the above scripture citation, “John” refers to which book of the Bible the verse is found in. If you don’t know where the book is, go to the ... [ Read More ]

A Fun Day Visiting Angel


This past weekend, my family made a quick getaway to visit Angel upstate at Word of Life Bible Institute. (Josiah is tired of taking pictures for Mommy. :o) When kids grow up and leave the nest, being able to get everyone together takes a lot of coordination, and even so, it doesn't happen often.  For most families, it may only happen once a year.  So the guys came up with the idea to grab ... [ Read More ]

Spring Has Sprung!


This is how I know that spring has officially begun: Soccer season begins! Today was Mustard Seeds Soccer's Opening Day!  That's a Christian soccer league my girls have played on for the past three years. No matter what's happening in my life, I can tell that the clock is moving forward, school will almost be over and summer is just around the corner because soccer has begun! It's ... [ Read More ]

My Boy’s Home! (And other news.)


First things first! Today is national No Housework Day!  (I am not kidding you.) It’s supposedly the one day of the year you can just relax, forget those daily chores, and do absolutely anything else instead; a chance to indulge yourself with no guilt. Who comes up with stuff like that? I’m thinking it was a man, because the logic behind this kind of national proclamation is flawed.  A ... [ Read More ]

Fake Glasses & Good Friday Service – Perfect Together

World's Cutest Fraud!

Happy Monday, Friends! I hope you had an amazing time worshiping our risen King on Resurrection Sunday! Here are my two smallest in their "Sunday best" as Laura Ingalls would say (I love Little House!) I was dog tired Friday evening and started debating whether or not we would make Good Friday church service. Eventually, fatigue (and laziness) got the better of me and I finally put ... [ Read More ]

Sometimes the Kids Really Get It Right


A couple of days ago I wrote this post about Easter traditions in which I confessed being guilty of not keeping up with...um...hardly any Easter traditions. But maybe it's not such a big deal?  Here's why... Yesterday morning, I told Autumn Joy and Alexis that on Saturday we are going to make these delightful egg shaped rice crispy treats for Easter.  They are so easy and so fun! Autumn: ... [ Read More ]