But I Can Make Cookies

And two more makes ten. Two bouncing teenage boys arrived on our door step and our family of eight grew to ten. Our 1600 square foot double wide home became smaller with each passing day. Our plan to expand our home was already in motion. The contractors had already cleared the land for our new triple wide. Days turned into months …

I Forgot:(

  Our Christian walk is in danger. It is not in danger from the evil of this world. God’s Word clearly states that, “Nothing can separate us from the love of God”. It is not from our own sin. God’s word also states that, “If we are faithful to confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive our sins”. It …

Are Ya Speaking my Language?

 About a hundred women gathered for the yearly women’s retreat. Our church is pretty big so at times it can feel a little overwhelming to connect, especially for a newcomer. And there were a lot of newcomers this particular year. There were also a lot of veteran women including myself, who had been the “master of ceremonies” of many women’s …

Conflict Happens

Our 13 year old son was reading his assigned short story in literature. The story revolved around two brothers who were in conflict with each other which resulted in each of the brothers deeply hurting their relationship. Through the story, the brothers discover that their actions were rooted in pride and envy. Our son dutifully answered the questions as I …

Smile and Light Up!

In the 1800’s, song writer William Wallace said, “The hand that rocks the cradle, is the hand that rules the world.” As a mother, I can see how that can be true. So many of our seemingly insignificant tasks translate into the character of our children, the value they feel and the faith they embrace. When you really look at …

One of Those Days

One of Those Days It was one of those days. Discouragement seemed to open his ugly arms to me from the moment I rolled out of bed. It was my first year of home schooling our five very active children ranging from ages eleven to three years old. Winter had mildly set in southern California requiring only a light sweater. …

Holding Hands

  The fastest way for me to shed a tear and have to mop up the mascara on my face is to listen to the old hymn, Take my Life and Let it Be. It was the first song that I taught my boys on the very first day of our home school journey twenty years ago. I can still …

Secrets

My neighbor Pam stopped me in my drive way. “Your kids and home just seem so different what is your secret?” I smiled,dropped my head and  shook it in disbelief  because anyone who knows my kids knows they are truly kids with all the ups and downs of growing up, in various processes of learning new skills and stumbling in …

A Hundred Little Bookmarks

 I overheard a conversation between my mom and dad. It worried me as a tween of twelve years. “I can’t keep doing this,” she said to my dad. “I can’t keep going to church and going through the motions; there has to be something more than this.” As far as I knew, we had always gone to church. We sat …

Yours, Mine, Ours and Somebody Else’s

We shook hands with the salesman. The deal was set. Now the reality of what we had done began to sink in. We went to lunch at a nearby hamburger hot spot. Slowly I began to comprehend the reality of what had just happened. I looked into my husband’s eyes as I blocked out the children’s chatter and normal chaos …