He Restores Community

When we walked away from the only community we’d ever known for 22 years, we were reeling. It took a few months for us to pick ourselves back up and seek where God would want us to connect in next. It was hard and painful. For over a year, we tried different places with all of the different components that Continue Reading →

That Word

I’m kind of a slow learner, but I’m finally at an age where I’m starting to clue in that there is always something hard to walk through, joy that accompanies pain, annoying things to deal with and details to manage among the mundane of life. I think I was hoping that at some point, I’d check enough boxes off of Continue Reading →


  verb (used with object), restored, restoring. 1.to bring back into existence, use, or the like; reestablish: to restore order. 2. to bring back to a former, original, or normal condition, as a building,statue, or painting. 3. to bring back to a state of health, soundness, or vigor. 4. to put back to a former place, or to a former position, rank, etc.: to restore the king to his throne. 5. to give back; make return or restitution of (anything taken away or lost). 6. to reproduce or reconstruct (an ancient building, extinct animal, etc.) in the original state. Three years ago I lay in bed next to my superMAN and spoke out-loud the words I never thought I’d hear come out of my mouth (and his in agreement), “Maybe we’re not the right people for one another…” A few minutes later, we turned to one another and agreed Continue Reading →


Here I am, sitting down to write. We’ll see how long this lasts. Life is always full here in our home, but the past few years, especially this last one have really made it feel a bit more like a full that is busting at the seams. Sometimes in a good way, sometimes not so much and then there’s all Continue Reading →

Worth It

You ever have one of those experiences in life where you wonder what in the world you were thinking when you signed up? Ya, that’s me this week. Our new church, a place of safety and healing, is having their Summer Extreme Days. Extreme they are. Our whole family is either serving or participating for 3 hours every day, plus Continue Reading →

The Key to My Heart

Some family traditions are methodically planned out. Some start on accident, but turn into the most significant. Eighteen years ago I gave an antique key to my husband on our wedding night as a symbol. It was  a symbol of me handing over the key to my heart to my soul mate. Little did I know how powerful that would Continue Reading →

Summer Skills

It took me three weeks, but I did it. I finally compiled a list of skills I want my kids to work on this summer. These are skills that I don’t have time to address during the school year and by focusing now…we will all benefit next school year. They get a reward for each skill mastered and a bonus Continue Reading →

Summer is for Taking Time

These are my morning buddies. They are the ones who get up most mornings and pull together something for everyone to eat for breakfast. I am not a morning person so this blesses me abundantly day after day. My boys didn’t just start throwing together ingredients one day and call it a success. It took me taking the time to Continue Reading →

Real to Reel Life

From the celebration of extraordinary moments like our Daughter of Purpose celebrating her 5-year Gotcha Day to the ordinary snap shots of life, there is joy that can be found in every moment. Sometimes it’s the simpleness of ordinary moments that become the extraordinary. And yes, I do have six children, but when I spend almost every waking moment with Continue Reading →