Don’t Let a Busy Life Be Your Excuse

Busyness–a badge of courage in our society risks becoming a sin of pride. It goes beyond a strong work ethic and service to a place of “doing it all” with calendars filled to the max. Many families are too familiar with drive-thrus and eating on the go. Many a family van turns into a taxi. Kids are in so many activities they hardly remember what it feels like to be bored or to play creatively. We are proud of all the things we, our kids, and our families are doing. However, it comes at a cost: less family time, at … Read more…

Spring Adventures

  This spring has been full of adventure for us. From picnics in our backyard, first birthday parties, visiting family, exploring Branson, going with our families and teens to the Leadership Training for Christ, and buying our first house! Sometimes it is tempting to get overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle and pressing deadlines, but spring always makes me want to slow down and soak in life. The unfurling of every new green leaf and emerging flower bud seems to proclaim “Take time to notice me and give praise!”  And so, today I strive to give praise for the blessings … Read more…

What I’ve Observed on Raising Healthy Children

As a new parent, I sometimes find myself stressing out about whether or not I am giving Rebekah the best start in life possible. Crazy thoughts sometimes bombard me: Oh no! We haven’t started a college fund yet . . . Can I feed her non-organic food?! (Just typing some of my thoughts out loud make me realize how nutty they are!) One of my favorite things to do is to observe others. I know that makes me sound like a creeper . . . but I promise I am not! I like to observe couples and families who are raising healthy children … Read more…