Mistakes

  Mom: The horses got out. Do you know anything about it? Me: No. What happened? Mom: Someone left the gate unlatched. Are you sure you didn't have anything to do with it? Weren't you the last one through? Me: I was but I latched it. Honest. I didn't latch the gate. I was eleven years old and scared to admit I made I poor choice. My mom knew what I did. She wanted to believe me but she knew I made a mistake and was now lying about it. I had to admit I was wrong. I apologized … [Read more...]

Life changing

I can think of so many moments that could be considered life-changing. How do you choose just one? Studying abroad? Meeting my husband? Being a stepmom? Deciding to go back to church? Giving birth? So many moments - good and bad - have made me who I am today. But if I had to pick one and choose the most impactful life-changing moment it would be choosing to follow Jesus. I can't remember exactly when but at some point after becoming a stepmom a desire started growing in me to know God … [Read more...]

Childhood part two

  If you did not experience childhood in the early 80s let me enlighten you. In 1984 there was a phenomenon among the preschool set known as Rainbow Brite. She was a girl who rode a horse on a rainbow. Need I say more?? I was one of these preschoolers smitten with Rainbow Brite. On the playground, we would pretend to be her and her pals. There was one boy in our group and a gaggle of girls. (Side note: the said boy was my "boyfriend." He walked across the classroom one day and … [Read more...]

Traditions

  Picture this: Thirty people crammed into the kitchen, living room and game room, spilling out onto the deck. Everyone is yelling to be heard because everyone is talking at once. I love traditions. I am thankful for my family and this wild bunch who gather every fourth Thursday in November because they are Thanksgiving to me. The kids are running through the house, pushing people out of the way, laughing out loud. The moms are in the kitchen making rolls and gravy, checking on the … [Read more...]

Childhood

  When I was in preschool and elementary school my mom had an in-home daycare. You could say I was a self-appointed assistant director at my mom's daycare. I would enforce rules and direct games. Some people may have called me a bossy child because of this. I choose to think of it as developing leadership skills during my childhood. True leadership skills were developed in middle and high school through 4-H. Go ahead. Laugh. Picture me in boots and spurs as an awkward teen. I … [Read more...]

Most memorable moment

  Five days past my due date with my first bio-kid, I was still working. I wasn't having any contractions yet so I figured why not. The plan was to work the rest of the week because I knew this baby was coming in a week one way or another. (The doctor would induce in a week if the baby didn't come on its own.) That day, I was on a conference call for work about our annual budget before heading to the doctor for my weekly check-up. I was feeling frustrated. Work was frustrating … [Read more...]

A Million Little Reasons

There are a million little reasons why I support Compassion International. One reason is the little boy in Ghana that I sponsor and have seen grow and learn over the years thanks to Compassion. Years ago I heard some of my favorite bloggers like Emily P Freeman, The Nester, Kat Lee at Inspired to Action and Tsh at The Art of Simple talk/write about their experiences with Compassion. I could site the organization's efficiency and how many lives they've transformed but the experience these … [Read more...]

Lessons from Daniel

Have you ever had that happen where a theme or a story or a person or a verse will come up in more than one place? For me that has been Shadrach Meshack and Abednego. I can't get these guys out of my head. On Sunday at church we were studying Daniel and then on Monday listening to the happy hour with Jamie Ivy while driving to work she talked about Shadrach Meshack and Abednego with Bianca Juarez Olthoff. Random, right? I'm thinking no actually. God wants me to learn something from these … [Read more...]

Three Ways to Make Back to School Less Stressful

I love back to school season. And not because the kids go back to school but I love the fresh start, autumn around the corner, school supplies and new clothes. But... it can be a little hectic. Summer never seems long enough so everyone is rushing to buy back to school outfits and supplies at the last minute. Everything on your supply list seems to be sold out. And you're not sure if you are supposed to get your stepkid a new backpack or if biomom is planning on that. Here are three ways … [Read more...]

How to Have Less Worry and More Peace

One of my very first blog posts back in May 2013 was about spring break. It's funny how much things have changed in those few short years between then and now. I remember how worried I was then. How much I stressed about this child that I loved so much, and I still do, but had so little control over. Do you ever control your children? Biological or step? No, we really don't. But back then I worried so much for his safety - physical, emotional and spiritual. I hated that time away from us … [Read more...]