When it comes to Christmas movies, Steve loves It's a Wonderful Life. Me? I prefer my childhood favorites... Charlie Brown, Rudolph, The Grinch. And a dose of feel-good Hallmark movies too. Watching It's a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve became a tradition for us when we got married, though that tradition has fallen off a … Continue reading Is it a Wonderful Life?
Our little daughter, Hope Joanna, was born on November 16 at 4:13 am. She weighed 7 lbs 2 oz and was 19.29 inches long. Hearing her cry when she arrived was such a wonderful sound and seeing her beautiful little face brought such joy. After birth Hope was doing better than expected and I am … Continue reading Our Hope
I stood on the wooden deck looking out over the glassy surface of a now still lake. In the days prior waves had rolled across the surface but this morning it was quiet and calm. Thick icicles lined the docks and the cold air tempted me to hurry back inside, but I stayed put, focused … Continue reading The Struggle with Surrender
Fifteen days ago we found out that our baby girl had several serious complications including fluid around her lungs and a heart defect. Today was our follow up appointment - an ultrasound and meeting with the doctor and genetic counselor. For fifteen days we have prayed and wept over this little girl... both for a … Continue reading Some Good News and More Waiting
Linking up today for Five Minute Friday. The word is "create" and the timer is set for 5 minutes... ready, set, go... We watched the news last night. Horrified at the tragedy that happened in France. Horrified at the growing death count and the thought of such evil and loss of life. I took Natalie outside … Continue reading Create a Haven
Two days ago we celebrated Faith's 4th birthday. When I think about the journey we've been on since she was born, about who I am today in large part because of the work God did in my life through her, the word "refined" comes to mind. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a … Continue reading Refined
Four years ago Steve picked up Thai food and brought it back to our hospital room. After dinner we shared chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. It was our 4th anniversary. The following morning we would hold our daughter, Faith, for the first and last time. Today we celebrate 8 years of marriage. It's strange to realize … Continue reading Our Story
The laundry basket was spilling-over full. Muddy paw prints all over the entryway floor. I forgot to start the crockpot (again!) so there was nothing planned for dinner and a rough day at school sent me home with a pounding headache. I just wanted to close my eyes for a few minutes. Long enough to … Continue reading When You’re Weary (Encouragement for Moms, Part 3 of 5)
Recently I've been re-reading C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. They are some of my favorite books and this is probably my fourth, if not more, time reading through the series. I never tire of the stories and always seem to find new truths when I re-visit them. Last week I finished The Horse and His Boy and … Continue reading “I was the Lion”
Linking up for another Five Minute Friday today. The word is "Pass". Timer set for 5 minutes, ready, set, write... "She looks like her daddy!", so many people have said. And it's true. But I see some of myself in her too. Maybe not her looks so much (except the teeth, sorry about that gap … Continue reading What Will I Pass On?