There is more More than all this pain More than all the falling down And the getting up again There is more More than we can see From our tiny vantage point In this vast eternity There is more Our hearts were awakened to music and emotion through the art of Andrew Peterson. We began… Read More The Stories Are True
It was time. Time to explore again. With all the snow, sickness, busyness, birthday parties, baby showers, and work schedule this winter, it felt like forever since we explored this new state of ours. After lunch we drove east to the Columbia River Gorge to visit the Bonneville Lock and Dam. The drive along the… Read More A Pacific Northwest Outing
Silas was reading to Brynn this morning, and Brynn decided to read along with him. Cooper, on the other hand, has decided to pursue his doctorate.
Valentine’s Day is a holiday I like making a big deal about for the whole family. I want my family to know they are loved, and I seek to teach my children that loving others is a high priority for us since we are so well-loved by God. His love should motivate our love for… Read More St. Valentine’s Day
That’s what we do each Sunday. When we gather, when we sing our faith, when we listen to the Word, when we share the bread and cup. We strengthen one another. That’s what we do each day of the week. When we pray for each other, when we confess our sins to one another, when… Read More Building Each Other Up
This is one of the best things I tried last year, and you should try it too! I didn’t want to blog about it until I had done it myself, and I’m definitely going for it again this year. I already have $202 saved in 2017. Christmas is expensive. Add two birthdays in November onto… Read More A Self-Motivating Savings Plan–That Works!
That’s right! I’m a “mini-van mom.” I’m well aware that I’m a rolling stereotype, but this new ride is worth it. Our 2004 Buick Rendezvous had been slowly dying for a long while. It wasn’t in great shape when we bought it six years ago, but we certainly got our money’s worth out of it!… Read More My Baby Bought Me a Swagger Wagon
Well, I was hoping for winter, and Portland delivered. It delivered a foot of snow two Wednesdays ago. And the kids loved their first blizzard! When considering moving to Portland, we found that an average Portland winter has about one or two days of snow—and then, it’s usually only about an inch of snow accumulation,… Read More Snowbound
My dad fully embraced his role as Grandpa during our Christmas visit to West Virginia. From the minute we arrived, Dad had an entire playtime schedule planned for the kids. He pulled out classic wooden toys from his childhood and was giddy with excitement as he shared them with Silas, Cooper, and Brynn. It was… Read More Playtime at Grandma and Grandpa’s
After five years since my last visit to the farm, a lot has changed. Now, all of my cousins are married with two kids each, and life with littles is busy (to put it mildly). My aunt and uncle have the most fully equipped grandparent pad. From their very own playground out back to a… Read More Eastern Shore Reunion