5 Reasons Why My Kids Should be Messed Up

I am learning that parenting has a lot of grace involved.  Okay maybe I am accepting it better now that my kids are older.  They are both teenagers so I still have lots of parenting to go but looking back I wish I would have chilled out a lot more during the younger years.  I am a rule follower.  I […]

Somewhere over the Ocean

As I write this, my daughter is somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean heading for a summer of adventure. A summer where she will figure out what life is like in America, where she will make some of her own choices, and where she can learn to drive.  What seemed like a good idea in January is still a right idea […]

Prayer Sticks

At breakfast each morning, the kids and I spend sometime working on memorizing Colossians.  It is taking longer than originally planned but this week we will finally finish chapter 3.   As the school year started, I wanted us to do a better job in praying for others.  In the past, we have tried notecards and  keeping a prayer journal. […]

Not Your Typical American Girl Party

My daughter went to an American Girl party this weekend. Two things stood out about this party. One, we live in a Central Asian country and secondly, this party had a special message for the girls. W. came home talking of a fun lunch, hair braiding and manicures. Later though she started a talking about how the hostess uses markers […]

Family Friday- What Works for Us

I love the dynamics of families. I love how families can be so different but can all be doing what God wants them to do. Being parents can be challenging as we take what works for us and put aside what doesn’t. I am always learning new things and taking ideas from others. Sometimes I struggle with guilt thinking we […]

Oh Be Careful- Deut 11

When I was a little girl, we used to sing a song in Sunday School that went something like this…“Oh be careful little eyes what you see.. Oh be careful little ears what you hear… Oh be careful little feet where you go… for the Father up above is looking down in love…” Two things stood out to me as […]

The Best Thing/ The Worst Thing

Supper is a time that we alway try to eat together as a family and find out a little about our children’s day. We have one child that loves to talk and one not so much. Also when you ask, what did you do today? You will sometimes get a I don’t know or similar type answer. To help our […]

What Kind of Kids am I Raising?

I don’t know the answer to that question- only God knows. I do know what kind of kids I would like to raise though. I would like W and D to be like Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego. I was wondering what their moms must have been like. Since the book of Daniel takes place when the land of Judah […]

Little Things

My DH and I have been exercising in the morning with a workout cd. The lady on the tape is always telling us to concentrate on different things such as are we standing up straight or breathing right or even focusing on a certain muscle. Sometimes I mutter at her under my breath. Mostly though I try to follow her […]

Working Together

Not long ago my daughter came up with a new version of roses are red… It goes like this. Roses are red. Violets are blue. Our family works together and so should you. The poem made me smile. One of our goals as a family is to work together. In this season of our family working together is a must. […]