The Security of Obedience

A family who zip lines together has fun together. Nope, that’s not how the saying goes, is it? But that is how we roll. (Okay, I’ll stop.) My family just had a great day touring the new Outpost (property Thomas Road Baptist Church owns at the Peaks of Otter). We drove all over the beautiful…

Seasons–Summer Is Coming

Summer is almost here! I think I hear the angels singing the Hallelujah chorus. We pull out our flip-flops and get a pedicure. Of course the boys have grown out of their swim suits so it’s off to the store. The pool toys are rotted from last year. The deck is covered in pollen. The…

You Can Do It!

Unbroken. What an amazing story of the tortures of war and the restoration that only God can give! The book by Laura Hillenbrand is not for the faint of heart. It’s difficult to read about the seemingly unending horrors inflicted on one man. Oh, and it’s not a short book, either, clocking in at 473…

Treasured Mothers

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is…

Learning How to Pray

May I introduce you to the one and only Bear in our home–Cub Scout Bear.    (Second from the right in the blue hat and tan shirt.) We were so proud of how much work he (and we) put in so that he could earn his Bear badge. For one of his last activities, he…

The Work Is Worth It

As I write this, I am enjoying a roasted tomato and mozzarella panini…for free! To be fair, I did buy 12 food or beverage items in order to earn this reward. So is it really free then? According to Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is…

The Encourager

When I was in 8th grade, I decided to try out for the cheerleading squad. I learned the cheers, practiced the moves, and thought I was definitely cheerleading material. My hopes were dashed during the first round of cuts. My voice wasn’t loud enough nor was I perky enough for the squad. I still may…

The Next Part of the Journey

I remember the day like it was yesterday, the day I met this boy. I was exhausted, having just gone through the worst pain of my life, but looking at his face just inches from my own was all that mattered. Along with my husband, I had been tasked with the privilege and responsibility of…

The Race

3…2…1…race! We had our first experience with the Pinewood Derby this year. As I’ve shared before (17 Years and Counting…), Kaden joined the Cub Scouts recently. We had a day at a local farm with another troop where we cut our car out of a block of wood. We sanded it down, painted it (with…

Here Is Where We Part Ways

For the past eight years, I have been homeschooling my oldest–from kindergarten to seventh grade. My husband and I didn’t intend to homeschool this long. We felt God leading us to it as Josiah was preparing to enter kindergarten. Every year since then, we have taken time to pray about what God would have us…