I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.

5 Oct

the red words!

Place these words on your hearts. Get them deep inside you.
Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder. Teach them to your children.
Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street;
talk about them from the time you get up in the morning until you fall into bed at night.

Deuteronomy11:18-19 {The Message}

Hunter was with me in the church bookstore last Wednesday night, when she fell in love with a bible and begged asked to have it.  As you can see in the photo I gave in bought it for her.  But seriously, can you really turn your child down when they’re asking for a bible?


She proceeded to walk around church for the next 20 minutes “reading” her new bible.  And when she so-very-excitedly told me she “found the red words!” my heart went to mush.  I asked if she knew what the red words were and she replied “they’re God’s words.”  The red words in the bible are indeed the words that Jesus spoke while on earth.  Be-still-my-heart.

Sometimes I so worry that I’m not sharing enough, I’m not being intentional enough, we’re not in scripture enough, we’re not doing devotions enough, I’m not teaching enough.  Do you ever feel the same?

And then they surprise you with something you had no idea they understood … “the red words.”

Recently, we had a long drive in the car and the girls brought Apples to Apples {bible edition} along.  The girls would get to bigger words “prodigal, martyr, obedience” and they’d ask me questions about them.  We talked about the Red Sea, Passover and the story of the Prodigal Son … I was amazed as I would start to tell the story or meaning, they’d excitedly take over and finish the story.

All this to say, if we can stay steadfast in our teachings and talkings and bringing them to church … these words, stories and their meanings will grow deep into the hearts of our children.  And then into their children’s children …

And that my friends, is a gift worth unwrapping!

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28 Sep

full circle {tuesdays unwrapped}

Here we go again!

I mentioned a few posts ago that Taylor started riding again while we were in Ireland?  Well … not sure if I mentioned it, but so did her sisters.  They’ve been taking lessons every week for a little over a month now.  And I SO did not think it would happen … but it did … we bought them a horse.

One to share.

I’m still in the circle of “horse world” emails and one came across my desk recently that I couldn’t resist … so we went out and gave him a try.  “Sport” is a thoroughbred off the track.  He had an injury early on and was never raced.  He’s a sweet, sweet guy … he’s got enough “go” for Taylor, yet he’s gentle enough with the little ones.

We’re boarding at the same facility we left last year, and it was probably another good year before that, that I’d been actively involved.  It’s a pony club facility and we put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into it.  Taylor and I used to get up at the crack of dawn in the freezing cold to volunteer at the facility.  We’d go in before the sun rose to feed the horses and bring them outside to their paddocks.

If any of you are familiar with the horse world, you’ll agree … it’s a different kind of world all to it’s own.  Horse shows, preparing, packing, unloading, trailering {have I mentioned my cross-country trip hauling a horse to Kentucky? No? Another post then.}, poop hauling cleaning stalls, bathing, grooming … and on and on and on.  But I did it.  For my horse-crazy girl.

I was sad when she lost her passion, but also {selfishly} happy to have some time back for myself and my family.

As time consuming and crazy as the horse stuff can be … I wouldn’t take back any of those years.  Taylor shines when she’s on a horse and I look forward to seeing the other girls grow that way too …

So now?

Well … just look at ’em!  They’re hooked.  Three of them are joining pony club {Hunter’s too young} and well … here we go again!

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21 Sep

friendship {tuesdays unwrapped}

An Unexpected Friendship
If we keep our eyes, ears and most importantly, our hearts open … I believe friendship comes in many varieties.  See my friend Cyndi below?  She came in from out of town recently to stay with us for three nights.  And guess what?  I’d never met her before!

How do I know her then?  The internet.  Gasp!

Per Taylor, “You’d better lock the doors mom!”

Cyndi started following my blog.  I started following hers.  We became twitter and facebook friends.  We emailed.  We encouraged.  We advised.  She became friends with 2 of my besties.  She mentioned a few times that she should come up for a visit and finally we talked her into it!  We had the best time!  My girls adored her!  She’s soft spoken, gentle-hearted, and honestly … a kindred spirit.  Which was evident the moment we both tore into our bag of chips before we even touched our sandwich!  :)

Cyndi wrote about her visit with us and you can read all about it here.

Why the hats?  We went to a hat party of course!

During Cyndi’s visit, we went to Chicago for the Renegade Craft Fair with our besties Heather and Leslie.  It was a carefree, fun day and felt like we’d all been lifelong friends … amazing really.  And such a blessing.

An Acquaintance Made Bestie
And speaking of keeping your heart open to friendship … it’s amazing how Leslie came into my life … again!  She and I went to the same high school and were choir geeks together.  Being one grade apart, we didn’t connect while in high school … but {cough, cough} years later … here we are.  All because of the internet!  Leslie’s become an amazing friend who I’ve come to trust and love.

A Friend Through Thick ‘n Thin
And nothing I write will give this friendship justice.  Heather has a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone.  She loves me fierce and has my back.  This past weekend, CJ and I had a wedding to go to … he backed out and took the girls up north leaving me to my loser lonesome self.  Heather asked if I needed a date and said she’d come along with me!  Seriously amazing.  Left her hubs and three littles at home … made the 40 {plus} minute trek … all so I wouldn’t be alone.  The Lord blessed me good with this girl!

A Friend In Heaven
Lastly, do you remember my friend Lori?  She found her heavenly home just over a year ago now.  To remember her friendship, a few of us got together at a local Starbucks, played games and chatted.  One friend even brought a little heart-shaped frame with Lori’s photo and put it on the table so she could spend the evening with us.  Such a sad and bittersweet moment, but it’s hard to begrudge her the joy of dancing with our Savior.

I am so blessed and thankful for the friendships I have … and for the ones I continue to form.  And I’m so thankful we have a God that knows who to bring into our lives and when to bring them.

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14 Sep

random good things {tuesdays unwrapped}

Along the lines of intentional parenting, miracles and a little faith … I’ve got some things I wanted to share today:

Last week, as I was having the girls write verses on their chalkboard door, it occurred to me … they may not know how to look up scripture for themselves.  So we set about having a scripture-looking-up-lesson.  I’ve gotta say … it was a pretty cool thing to see my littles searching God’s word for scripture.

A Lesson In Love & Knowing Scripture
The very next day, Wynter had a playdate scheduled after school.  So did Piper.  Which found CJ and I driving off with only Hunter in the car, when the mom of Wynter’s playdate {are you following this?} asked if Hunter wanted to come along too.  We asked Hunter and of course she did.  So we got her back out of the car and Wynter had a melt-down.  She.did.not want her younger sister honing in on her playdate.  In all fairness, we should’ve asked Wynt first.  But we didn’t.  And we all learned something from it.  But because of her behavior, we canceled the playdate and took both girls back home with us.

On the drive home, I was reminded of 1 John 4:7-8.  Curt was with me and I told him I’d like to spend a little time with Wynter when we get home.  So we get home and Wynt and I go to her bedroom.  I take out their bible and ask her to look up 1 John 4:7-8 and to read it to me.

“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God.
Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.
But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
{New Living Translation}

She reads it … and as she gets to the last sentence and starts reading slower … processing what she’s reading and she looks at me and says, “but I know God.”  And I was able to explain to her that her behavior didn’t show love and therefore didn’t show that she knows God.  It was a great moment for both of us.

But even better, was later that night when CJ said to me, “So … when you talked to Wynter … you just knew what to look up and read to her?”  {He had walked into her room while we were reading the verse}.  I told him that I did and then explained the verse and Wynter’s reaction to it.  He was quiet and didn’t say much.  But it was the look in his eyes and the moment of seeing the wheels turning in his head that I loved most.

A Bible
A friend of mine recommended a particular bible for CJ, so I got it for him.  I highlighted some relevant things, tabbed it and left it in his office.  A few days later, I mentioned it to him.  He said he saw it, but didn’t see that anything was tabbed or highlighted.  Another few days went by, when I wandered into his office and asked about the bible.  He pulled it out and I showed him the things I highlighted and shared the importance of the bible.  He was actually excited.  Yes friends … excited.  And said he’d definitely read some of it.

A Book
CJ’s agreed to let me start writing the book.  There’s no purpose in mind right now, other than getting it out of my heart and onto paper.  It’s not anything he wants published or shared.  So in the end, it may just end up being a family story for our children to read someday.  And if that’s God’s will … that’s okay with me.  I’m happy right now to have his support for this first step.

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7 Sep


What’s your parenting style?  Do you reserve your “no’s” for when you really need them?  Do you say yes more than you say no?  Do you think before you say no?

The other day the girls asked if they could color their hair.  With markers.

I thought a minute and answered, “sure!”

When my girls are grown and gone … those are the moments I want them to remember.  In the midst of the morning chaos, mom took 5 minutes to slow time and make memories.

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