His Plans are Certainly Not My Plans

I love to plan. I love to organize. I like things to be in order. A spur of the moment play date or coffee date is all good and fine, but I function great with a list and schedule. It guides me and makes me stay focused. The past several years I have taken many […]

Summer Plans….

Do you ever make grand summer plans? I’m a planner. I want to make the most of every moment. I tend to plan too many things into a day, week or summer, though. This past winter when we took a break from school I sat down with my kids and asked them a few things […]


Family can be with us in so many ways. This weekend it has just hit me how in little everyday moments family memories and thoughts of my extended family pop up. I had told my son Don at some point that one of the fun ways I loved to play with my dog while growing […]

My Baby Brother

Many of us have one. I dare say most of us don’t realize the treasure we have in them until we are adults. Brothers. Ornery. Stinky. Annoying. Protective. Funny. Handsome. Hard working. Brothers. When my brother was the pesky younger brother he would do anything…and boy did he….to annoy me. His most famous story (in […]


Something has been brewing in my mind all summer. As many of you know the last few years of our family’s life involved adding three children to our family for nearly two years and then having them taken from us. Our hearts were ripped out. We could barely breathe. We have asked God why this […]

My Mom

With yesterday being Mother’s Day extra thoughts of my mom came to mind. Since being a mom myself for the past 12 years I get kinda selfish on Mother’s Day thinking about ME being a mom. But who taught me so much about being a mama? My own mom, of course. How grateful I am […]

Be a Blessing

Have you ever heard of “blessing bags”? I first noticed them on Pinterest (of course!). I thought they looked like a great idea but didn’t really feel motivated to make any. What a great idea for SOMEONE ELSE to do, though! If you have never heard of  a “blessing bag” they are items homeless may […]

Mission Fields Abound!

When most people think of serving on a mission field they think of going to far off lands like Africa or Haiti. While those are certainly great mission fields they are not the only mission field out there! On countless afternoons or weekends at our home there is a huge mission field. Our neighborhood kids! […]

Lessons from Haiti

There are so many thoughts running through my head when I return from Haiti. I think the most pronounced thought is that we in America have so much STUFF. My family just knows that when I return I will be filling up bags of our STUFF to get out of our home. Stuff is distracting. […]

A Mama is a Mama No Matter Where She Lives

On Monday I arrived back home from being in Haiti for a week. I hope you all don’t get tired of my stories, thoughts and emotions from Haiti too soon! I love Haiti and the beautiful people that live there. It is my second home. Haiti is part of who I am. Ingrained in my […]