Tag Archive: Journal

Selfishness, Sadness and Gratitude

Tabitha

Recent weeks have brought circumstances that have caused me to see my sin more clearly. These times of glaring sin always bring me to my knees. I’m humbled and disappointed, but always thankful. Thankful that God loves me enough to bring my sin into focus and to help me to struggle to become more like…

Relay Team: {Almost} Wordless

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Our kids have run cross country for several years now, but this season they had the opportunity to compete in track meets with the local public and Christian schools. Our kids were chosen mostly for longer distances (both Matthew 13 and Alyssa 12 competed in the 3600 meter and the 4 x 800 relay), but…

Unexpected Journey: Part 3 (A Surprising Interlude)

I got the first two posts in this series up quickly, almost as events were unfolding and then……silence. For nearly two months I left you hanging. Here is a small explanation of how my momentum was cut short. Unexpected Journey: Part 1 Unexpected Journey: Part 2 I woke early. It was my birthday. No matter…

Unexpected Journey: Part 2 Doubts

…continued. As I hit send, I fully expected to get  ”you’ve got to be kidding me, we can’t get you approved in time” or “Whoops, you weren’t supposed to get that email”. Instead we received a list of things we needed to do and Mark and I rolled up our sleeves. That day we completed our…

Unexpected Journey: Part 1

Mark and I have always been open to adoption. What Christian who has been blessed with enough wouldn’t want to share God’s blessing with the widow, with the orphan, with the least of these. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they…

Confessions: Giggles from Our Homeschool

Posted with Kaitlin’s (15) permission. For several years our goal has been for Mark to be more involved in homeschooling our children, specifically as they get into the upper grades. We’ve slowly and surely made progress in this direction and this year Mark is the primary homeschool parent for our oldest children. (He plans, gives…

Changes

Kaitlin (14)

After much discussion and prayer, Mark and I have decided that I need to take a small step back from the responsibility of posting once a week on a specific topic with the 4 Moms. My life is simply too full for that level of commitment at this time. Full of my crazy,   amazing,…

Valor at 5 Months

Valor was born 5 months ago. Can you believe that, 5 months?? Valor continues to be a remarkably happy and content baby. He smiles easily and hasn’t met a stranger.  Quite a contrast to little princess Bella who really wanted things exactly the way she wanted them. Valor laughs through diaper changes, baths, nursing and…

Reading to Baby: Wordless

Bella (2)

Two of Bella’s favorite things a book and a baby (and “Green Eggs and Ham” just happens to be her favorite book).

The Week of Chocolate Milk and Other Miscellany

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The week of chocolate milk, I’m pretty sure that is what this week will be called in our family’s history. Amber (16) and Kaitlin (14)  left early Saturday morning for a week long cruise in the Caribbean with my parents and later that day we headed to the farmer’s market to pick up our raw…