Advent this weekend. May I help with a few of our favorite ideas?

Finding ideas for Advent that are not just slapped with “Happy Birthday, Jesus” stickers is difficult. But I love Advent for just this reason—it takes searching, planning, and preparation! There is some very meaningful Advent ideas out there! I want my kids to feel the anticipation all month long that something amazing is coming on […]

Making ornaments for Jesus’ Unexpected Family Tree

December 1st is less than a week away!  I’ve been working on my ornaments for Jesus’ Unexpected Family Tree and there is a lot of cutting. I actually cut out 100 circles! 25 for the front and 25 for the back x’s 2 because my children want do the countdown on their own tree rather than […]

And a little book is born…just in time for Christmas

Feels like I’ve birthed another baby! It’s just a book, but the effort was great and the gestation longer than I anticipated.  It’s name is Jesus’ Unexpected Family Tree. I mentioned it last year in the blog, but it’s no longer a dream. It’s a real tangible book that I’m actually holding.  I can scarcely believe […]

Why does every human heart long for a father?

This longing comes from the image of God being imprinted on us the day we were created in the womb, and this image is a reflection of the perfect family.  We were designed to be, not a lone individual, but in a family, God’s family – with a perfect Father as the guiding authority.  So […]

Family Portrait in Progress

I’m learning more and more every year that celebrating the day we got married is less about us and more about painting a picture of family.  Family was God’s idea and marriage is how he chose to have a new family begin.   So when our anniversary comes up every year, as it is today, […]

Unworthy Mother, a Celebration of Family.

The first thought that came to my mind when I saw Mother’s Day approaching on the calendar was, “Oh, good, I don’t have to plan this one!”  …but even this day takes some thought.  It’s another special day on the calendar. Do the kids understood the point of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day?  What will […]