We were all in attendance that Sunday morning; our large family taking up two rows of chairs. One took notes on her device. I recorded mine the old fashioned way. None of us had any way of knowing how much we would all need this sermon from the life of Elijah in just a few short weeks. But God knew. The older ones thought they understood the significance when a close friend who had stayed for 10 days departed for… Read more »

WhenTheyWanted to

I attributed her hyperactivity to the fact that I drank too much coffee during my pregnancy. As an infant, she cried a lot and rarely slept. By the time she was three years old, Emily was exhibiting strange and often times dangerous behavior; putting her baby sister on the roof (out the window), playing with knives, and cutting herself with a razor. When we tried to explain to her why these things were wrong, she would look right through us, as… Read more »

outside creation museum

I haven’t posted in over a week as I’ve been busy with other things. This might be the last post for a few weeks, as life is getting crazier than normal with home remodeling, parties to plan, and other summer activities. If you remember from the last Feminine Friday, (The Graduate) we were set to have MacKenzie’s graduation party last Saturday, however the weather forecast changed our plans. We’ve rescheduled the party for July 2. In the meantime, there is… Read more »

David & Brittany  Happily ever after

Brittany and I met each other, and our families, one night at an English Country Dance (along with a lot of other people). Over the following months, our families went to some of the same events, and we got a chance to briefly talk each time. Our families became friends as we became involved in the same activities and because we shared the same love for God. I still remember the moment it suddenly occurred to me that I could… Read more »

The Graduate

It’s that time of year when seniors celebrate 12 years of accomplishment and prepare for graduation. We have a graduate this year! MacKenzie has finished her years of formal homeschooling and is preparing for her big graduation party, which is scheduled for next Saturday. I never remember to take “Senior pictures” at the beginning of the school year, but always remember just before their graduation. This year was no exception. I had originally planned to take MacKenzie to a nearby small… Read more »

Summer Book Club& Study

Beauty. Femininity. Identity. The three utmost things women are struggling to understand in our culture today. In this brand new book, sisters Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird dig deep into what it means to be a girl defined by God . It truly is a journey worth traveling! I had the honor of being a part of the launch team for this amazing book! When I received an advanced copy I opened it up immediately. From an editor’s standpoint, the… Read more »

Feminine Friday aunt corrie

It’s been an emotionally-charged, eventful week in our home. Excited and blessed over the birth of our precious new granddaughter, while mourning the loss of a man I have called “Dad” since I was 18 years old (my former father-in-law; Amanda’s grandfather), who passed away just a day after the baby’s birth, produced a week of joy mingled with sadness. We are still marveling over the timing of the baby’s birth. Amanda has always been “Papa’s Girl” from the moment she… Read more »

Of New Life

She was scheduled for an induction on Monday, as I explained in the Feminine Friday post, but soon after I clicked, “Publish”, Amanda texted and said she was at the hospital in labor! We scrambled to change plans. The children were planning to attend the annual homeschool Track and Field day and had been looking forward to this day for months. Dear Uncle Larry filled in for me and drove all the children to the event, while Haley and I took the sweet… Read more »

Feminine Friday Mom's Day

Mother’s Day is kind of a big deal at our house. Not because I make it an issue, mind you, but my children take this holiday seriously! At Home That box of donuts may not look special, but they are gluten-free, corn-free rings of deliciousness! They went great with the Starbucks coffee! Toss in some beautiful ruffled throw pillows, relaxing bath salts, lotion, a special video tribute, some candles and that amazing book by Priscilla Shirer, and whew…It’s like Christmas… Read more »


Losing the baby was hard. Letting go of the vision was even more painful. Flashback to 1997 when our nine year marriage, on the brink of divorce, was rescued from the miry pit as two lost sinners surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ. The very first issue the Lord addressed after coming to salvation was our heart attitude toward children. I was pregnant, facing my fifth cesarean and wrestling with the idea of sterilization.  My reasoning was based on two… Read more »