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Growing in Faith 

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek

My older five children love playing Hide and Seek with their dad in the evenings. Last night, they were playing, while their baby brother just ran around them pretending to play too. Well, at one point my oldest hid behind the curio cabinet. It was a pretty good spot....

Grumbling

Grumbling

Here’s how my day went yesterday:  “Good morning, mom. What’s for breakfast?” “Oatmeal,” I responded. “Instant-pot or packets?” “Instant-pot.” “AHHH Man! I don’t like Instant-pot oatmeal.” “It’s literally exactly the same as the packets. Only I cook them in the...

Leaving a Review

Leaving a Review

I NEED your help! I am quite literally, “just a nobody, trying to tell everybody, all about Somebody, who saved my soul.” (In case you didn’t catch the reference- it’s Casting Crown’s song "Nobody.") The most common reason this Book Project was rejected from...

Cleaning out the Fridge

Cleaning out the Fridge

Yesterday I got to clean out my fridge! Yeay!!! Not really… I stood at the refrigerator door pulling out Tupperware containers with the trashcan to my right. Each time I’d open a container, drop the contents in the trash can, rinse out the container, and stick it in...

Are You Just Treating the Symptoms???

Are You Just Treating the Symptoms???

I woke up this morning with a headache. As I reached for the Ibuprofen, a sermon illustration form Kingston Arthur popped into my head. He said that while his wife was pregnant, she would often get headaches. She’d take some medicine, but the headache would come back....

Which Team?

Which Team?

If you’ve been around my children during the holidays, you probably know about the Great Pie Contest that occurs on Thanksgiving. If you don’t let me fill you in. Every year at Thanksgiving, Ben and I have a “contest” to see which pie is better- pumpkin pie or apple...

Broken

Broken

I stood in the kitchen this morning super-gluing back together my daughter's teapot that had broken… again. As I looked at this teapot that has now broken twice, I wondered how many more time I would get to glue thing back together again. See, my older two daughters...

The Marker Cap Problem

The Marker Cap Problem

If there is one thing that absolutely drives me bonkers, it’s these marker caps! Children! If you do not put the cap back on the marker, it will dry out and you cannot use it again! Simple. Put the cap back on the marker. Ok- so I have had this discussion with the...

The Narrow Path

The Narrow Path

Last week I watched a video on what to do if your vehicle gets submerged in water. Honestly, I had no idea what you really should do. I learned that you are to roll down the windows and get out as fast as you can before the vehicle goes under. The video I watched...

Accepting Advice

Accepting Advice

The only thing worse than being sick on Christmas, is your kids being sick the days following. My husband came down with an awful sickness the week before Christmas. He explained it as feeling like death. Well, then I also came down with the same sickness. His...

Cleaning Out the Closet

Cleaning Out the Closet

So, I’m not exactly a perfectionist. I’m the kind of girl who will purposely hang something up crooked so that I don’t have to worry about it looking level. My husband…Not that way at all. He’s the type of person who will bring out the level and pencils while...

Escape Room

Escape Room

 My husband and I had the opportunity to do an Escape Room Challenge for our anniversary. It was super fun! If you have never done one, I would highly recommend it. We will definitely be doing another one soon.   Well during this challenge we were locked in...

Guess Who

Guess Who

Yesterday I had the opportunity to observe a rather comical game of “Guess Who?”   My 7-year-old was trying to play with my 2-year-old. My 7-year-old son actually did a good job of teaching as they played, but his sister…well, she’s still only 2. My daughter...

Control-Top or Hidding the Problem

Control-Top or Hidding the Problem

Confession time! I love my babies! But I do not love what pregnancy has done to my body. I just had baby #6 three months ago… and I reached the biggest I have ever been! Slowly the pounds are coming off, but that means I am now in the awkward in between stage… You...

Asking For What I Need

Asking For What I Need

My kids are big readers. They love their books. It’s not uncommon to walk into their rooms and see them all reading for fun. To say reading is one of the favorite hobbies around my house would be spot on. Even though they love to read on their own (even my 1 year...

Tearing Down the Awning

Tearing Down the Awning

One of my favorite hobbies is crocheting. I enjoy crocheting for many reasons. First, it’s a creative outlet. I have no idea how to read a pattern, but I love finding ideas on Pinterest and seeing if I can recreate it. Second, it helps me feel productive. As a mom of...

The Narrow Path

The Narrow Path

Last week I watched a video on what to do if your vehicle gets submerged in water. Honestly, I had no idea what you really should do. I learned that you are to roll down the windows and get out as fast as you can before the vehicle goes under. The video I watched...

Accepting Advice

Accepting Advice

The only thing worse than being sick on Christmas, is your kids being sick the days following. My husband came down with an awful sickness the week before Christmas. He explained it as feeling like death. Well, then I also came down with the same sickness. His...

A Poison Ivy Wreath

A Poison Ivy Wreath

This week we have seen the beautiful colors of fall in St. Louis! As my kids were playing outside, they kept showing me the colorful leaves that they would find. So, I decided we should make an autumn wreath for our front door. Oh, they had a blast finding all the...

Don’t Stop Growing

Don’t Stop Growing

It’s finally autumn! I love fall. It’s seriously one of my favorite seasons. Hoodie and jeans weather! Fire-pits and hot apple cider! Pumpkin pie versus apple pie! Seriously, I love this season! But…Nothing tells you that your children are growing like the start of a...

Parents: A Glimpse of God

Parents: A Glimpse of God

My kids were playing outside as a storm rolled in. I saw a flash and heard a boom. So, I called them inside. My youngest daughter was apparently really scared when I called them in. I gave her a hug, told her she was safe, and sent her to play with her siblings. About...

Thoughts for My Daughter

Thoughts for My Daughter

While cleaning out the basement, I came across an old photo of my siblings and me. (I was like five-years-old.) I awed over it. Then my oldest came over and looked at it. “Mom, that looks like my sister!” He exclaimed. I’ve always thought my daughter slightly...

It’s More Than Dishes

It’s More Than Dishes

Recently our dishwasher decided to stop draining water properly. As a result, I needed to start hand-washing all our dishes. I do not love dishes. When I realized this, I may have given a little huff and reluctantly agreed to hand wash the dishes until the dishwasher...

Time for Fireflies

Time for Fireflies

It was the first week of summer. The boys were attending a day camp at church.  I thought it was a good idea, since being down 2 kids, to schedule a bunch of errands and doctor’s appointments for the week. So, my girls and I had a busy week of running which...

Just Like Dad

Just Like Dad

Every morning I wake my kids up, we eat breakfast, and then I remind them of their morning tasks. “Get dressed, brush your teeth, brush your hair, read your Bibles…” Wednesday morning as I was reading one of my younger kids her Bible, my boys came running to me. “Mom...

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