Archive for the 'writings' Category

The whole shebang

By now, Amy and the kids are on their way up to family reunion. With no access to the internet. So, it’s safe to unveil the whole story to the rest of you. Just don’t drive up to wherever they’re staying and spoil the surprise for Ethan and Audrey. They’re not going to get to […]

Chapter 5

The story continues. Here’s Chapter 5! It’s fun to write to my kids’ sense of humor. Chapter 6 is almost done. I had to take a long walk tonight to figure out what I wanted to have happen in chapter 7 — it became a full-page outline. And then, I could work backwards from there […]

Chapter 4!

Here is Chapter 4! Also, I’m excited that Ethan and Audrey have been writing stories back to me! Chapter 1: The Sleep Eater A long ways away in a town there was a boy. One day, when he went to sleep, he started sleep walking. He sleep walked into the kitchen, he ate some food, […]

My secret plan

So, a couple years ago, I was sitting on the floor of Ethan’s room and asked him whether he wanted me to tell him a story. I asked him what he would like the story to be about. “Dragons!” was his immediate reply. He picked out names for three dragons — Fire Lightening (which we […]

Digging Deep, Planting Roots

I’m re-posting this in honor of the SheReadsTruth community.¬† If you’re looking for a simple and powerful way to make the most of your Bible study/Bible reading time, the S.O.A.P method is a powerful tool! First of all, I need to give the disclaimer that this system is all from the book The Divine Mentor […]

What It’s Like to Be New To a Church

Nathan and I have been going through the new-comers class (called Discovery) at our church. Last Sunday, as the pastor was wrapping up his portion of the class, he asked if anyone had questions. I’m pretty sure my husband got nervous when I raised my hand. I asked how often the Discovery classes were held. […]

Timely Messages

My brain has been busy lately. Tons of big thoughts and dreams. Excitement and fear. I swing from peace to fretting. Assurance to hopelessness. Peaceful to tied in knots. I was full of fear, fretting, knots and hopelessness when Nathan called from work on Thursday and asked me to pull out some paperwork. In the […]

If You Aren’t a Perfect Mom

I’ve been thinking about motherhood lately. Specifically, I’ve been hoping that¬† I can work through my issues quickly so my children wont suffer too much. I mean that last sentence seriously. I’ve been trying to bring back memories of my mom from when I was Audrey’s age. I remember the radio being on the local […]

What I Know 3 Years Later

On January 11, a woman that I don’t know suffered a major stroke. She was 38. She is 38. She is still alive though in very, very serious condition. Her name is Joanne Heim and she blogs here. She’s currently in a medically induced coma to reduce swelling in her brain and her husband is […]

Do You Trust Me?

Today, and many days recently, I hear the Lord asking, “Do you trust Me”? Honestly, I have not been living a way that proves that I do. I will answer that question in big and little moments all day. I will choose to trust the One who is completely trustworthy. Even when it’s confusing and […]