Do The Opposite

If you are anything like I am, you loved the television show Parenthood. I fell in love with the characters and the drama, the hilarity and love that existed among the extended family. So when I saw that Dax Shepherd (aka Crosby Braverman) was going to be on one of my favorite podcasts, I had to give it a listen. In typical Dax (or Crosby because let’s face it –…

My Messy Heart

Yesterday, I sat watching our seven-year old cutting out hearts. He’s usually wild and crazy, jumping and running from one thing to the next, so whenever I can get him to actually sit and do something with his hands, it’s a win for me. As he carefully used his scissors, he looked up at me with his serious little face. “Mom, if you cut it wrong, your heart will be…

“Forgive Her”

I grew up in a small town, and much like the theme song to that old TV show “Cheers,” it was a place “where everybody knows your name.” It was actually a great place to grow up, and I had a few close friends whom I told everything to. As we all got older and began getting married and starting families, we knew we could count on each other to stick…

What I’m Loving, Edition January 2018

Y’all. How is it already the end of January?? I guess what they say is true – when you’re a kid, time passes slowly, but when you’re an adult, it flies by. We’ve had a snowy month and it has been so much fun! Well, minus the fact that the little kids and I all had the flu during out winter snowstorm. Here are a couple pictures from our snow…

From Generation to Generation

I’ve recently been teaching Exodus and Leviticus to my high school girls at church. We’ve talked ad nauseum about the Israelites’ plight and how they continued to doubt God, turning away from His laws and provisions. We’ve discussed how ridiculous the people seemed – I mean, God’s actual presence was leading them day and night. They could see His literal presence with their very own eyes. We don’t have that luxury…

Verse of the Year

I love January because it’s a time of fresh beginnings. A time to reflect on the past year and look with anticipation toward something new. Something untouched and untainted. I love to choose a word or theme each new year to speak over our family. Are you one of those people who choose a word or Scripture to guide you for the year? I started doing a verse of the year…

The Year of No Resolutions

I love lists. Have I mentioned this before? And New Year’s seems like the perfect time to make lists and goals and resolutions. It’s a list-maker’s heaven, right? But this year I’m not writing resolutions. Gasp! To be honest, I only followed through with 2, maybe 3, of last year’s goals. I do have a few big things coming up in 2018, don’t get me wrong. But actual resolutions? Well,…

What I’m Loving, Edition December 2017

Happy New Year!!!   I hope all of you had wonderful Christmas! We have enjoyed our time off from school and work – it has been relaxing and restful for all of us. With that being said, I’m a little behind on my blog posts. This technically should’ve gone out yesterday, but whatever… Here are some of my favorite things for December. Rosehip Oil: This oil right here is a…

And There Were Shepherds… Keeping Watch Over Their Flocks at Night

Lately I’ve been pondering the characters of the Christmas story as I’ve taught my high school Sunday school class about advent. There are so many aspects and people to consider: Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, King Herod. With whom do you relate? There was a season in my life when I could certainly identify with the shepherds. The lowly shepherds who were just doing their jobs. Protecting their sheep and warding…

Are You an Encourager or a Controller?

Moving to a new town always offers opportunities to explore the area. And although Clarksville isn’t new to me, it is new to my two younger children. Since moving here this summer, we have stayed busy by going to the pool, visiting several parks in the area, shopping at used bookstores, and playing outside in our neighborhood. One week, I decided to take the kids on the nearby army post,…