Touched by adoption – Grace’s story

Adoption is a true calling from God Have you been touched by adoption in some way? Maybe you yourself have adopted or someone in your family or church or neighborhood has adopted a child or sibling group? Perhaps one of your kids goes to school with someone who is adopted. Maybe a friend has adopted …

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Random Acts of Holiday Kindness can make a difference!

Serving others with random acts of kindness not only affects the ones you serve – but it blesses you too! One of my love languages I have found is gift giving.  I LOVE to encourage people with something a little special they weren’t expecting.  Whether it’s something in the mail, a text, a little gift, …

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mercies are new every morning

If you love big….expect to grieve big.

When grief days hit you unexpectedly hard We had a pretty significant anniversary this past weekend.  11 years ago on November 4, our 10 year old son, Seth, was killed in a car accident.  11 years doesn’t seem like a significant number but the entire weekend a few days ago was lining up to be …

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Fall is finally here – and so are the many fall traditions!

Some traditions that our family does includes apple picking and dessert making. Don’t you just love some traditions?  One of ours that our family does is to go apple picking once fall hits and the apples are ripe!  We’ve been doing this since the older kids were just little.  For several years we went apple …

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Protecting our children’s eyes when they’re online

Have children who are active online?  How do you protect them? A few weeks ago my husband Greg and I attended a seminar given by Protect Young Eyes organization.  According to their website (www.protectyoungeyes.com), their mission is to keep kids and teens safe from the dangers lurking on portable, Internet-ready devices.  Our 6 older kids …

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Big family transitions in a small 6# baby

Thoughts from a first time grandma (Oma) Our family had a wonderful addition this past spring!  Last summer our oldest son, Caleb and his wife, Sidney, told us that they were expecting – and we were overjoyed.  Surprised as it had only been 3 weeks prior that we were in Montana watching them get married! …

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5 Tips to enjoy Christmas – which is 3 months from today by the way!!

I.  Love.  Christmas!!    I love everything there is about Christmas.  The real reason of celebrating Christ’s birth, spending time together with family, cooking & baking, going Christmas caroling ( I’ll have to tell you sometime about when we had a tradition of taking the older 6 caroling – ask them and they’ll say they …

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