Category Archives: elisabeth

Birthday Weekend

Birthdays are a big deal to Silas. He’s been asking me, “How old am I today?” to see if he’s still three or if he’s gotten older overnight. We talked about my birthday this past weekend, so now he knows … Continue reading

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Arizona State Senate

Last Thursday, I attended part of the Arizona state senate session in the capitol complex. My dad teaches history and travels the country as an evangelist during the summer. He writes letters to the editor, applicable to certain states/cities, and … Continue reading

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A Mommy Solution

Mothering tiny people often leaves little or no time for spiritual nourishment or personal growth. Nap time is a precious commodity that I can spend only so many ways. There are cleaning priorities (mopping the floors or vacuuming the car) … Continue reading

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Christmas Tamales

Making tamales at Christmastime is a Hispanic family tradition. It’s a long and involved process, so it makes for a great bonding experience for family and friends. This year a friend from church invited some of us to make tamales … Continue reading

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100 Things

At our CBC Ladies’ Bible Study meeting last Thursday night, Jen encouraged each of us to make a list of 100 things we’re thankful for and then to pray that list back to God. Last night I sat down and … Continue reading

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Online Book Club

This month I’m trying something new—a book club on Facebook. I miss the book club I was privileged to be part of in Indiana. We would read one book a month and then get together to talk about it. I … Continue reading

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This Mystical Thing Called Marriage

Marriage is not what I expected. It’s better, richer, deeper, fuller. Marriage is common grace. Grace given to believers and unbelievers alike. Grace that allows each marriage—each union of man and wife—to portray Christ’s relationship to His Church. What wonder! … Continue reading

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Romantic Carefree Getaway

Carefree. Where we spent the night. Carefree. How we felt. We took our first ever overnight date since having kids. And we can’t wait to do it again! My friend, Rebekah, insisted that we should let her babysit the boys … Continue reading

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Doing Days

The thing about long-distance friendships is that you often can’t picture your friend in her daily routine. Visits come at holidays or special events and the daily routine is replaced with vacation mode. But the way to really grow close … Continue reading

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Making Manka Memories

Everyday moments aren’t so ordinary when you live miles from family. Though we did visit some attractions in the Valley, most our time with my dad, mom and sisters was spent savoring ordinary life at home. My family played with … Continue reading

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