Faith, Family, Parenting

Pursuing Hannah’s Heart

Have I mentioned that one of my kids is a missionary? Lizzie left home at the age of 18 to earn a degree in Midwifery while serving in a clinic for impoverished women in the Philippines. She has been serving on the mission field for most of the six years since. Recently, after serving in… Continue reading Pursuing Hannah’s Heart

Faith, Family, Marriage

Lightness of Being… A Little Fish

And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 This year marks our seventh season as entrepreneurs – owners of a small excavation company operating… Continue reading Lightness of Being… A Little Fish

Faith, Family

Fallen Branches

I will utter hidden things, things from of old… things our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done… so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be… Continue reading Fallen Branches

Faith, Family, Parenting

No Generation Gap

By definition, the phrase “generation gap” has a negative connotation. It means that something is lost in translation from one generation to the next. Differences in values, beliefs and perspectives result in a parting of minds and/or hearts. Chapter 3 in the Book of Judges tells the story of a ‘faith generation gap’ within the… Continue reading No Generation Gap

Faith, Family, Nature

When the Grass Is Not Greener

Our family is driving through central Montana at the moment, returning to the oil patch from a trek to Idaho to catch a quick visit with my amazing new grandson, Luke! This little piece of the planet is typified by broad rolling hills, mostly treeless and blanketed with short prairie grasses that, from a distance,… Continue reading When the Grass Is Not Greener

Faith, Family

Besetting Baggage

I found myself near tears this morning upon waking as I was immediately thrust into a quagmire of boxes, used bubble wrap and tissue paper and a mound of things left to unpack with a total volume easily three times the space in this double-wide we will call home for the next few years. Sadder… Continue reading Besetting Baggage

Faith, Family, Parenting

Memorial Stones

Like a great black snake, the narrow serpentine road cut through a lush carpet of green in the Tennessee hollow cradling the ghost settlement of Cades Cove. Like faithful sentinels, primitive log structures dotted the miles that gently conveyed us from the present into the past.  Time worn and leaning wearily in the dancing sunlight,… Continue reading Memorial Stones

Faith, Family, Parenting

Merciful Memory Keeper

I am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake,     and remembers your sins no more. Isaiah 43:25 I’m a good mother. At least I like to think of myself that way.  However, that supposition might easily be challenged if one were to leaf through the pages of my children’s baby books.  What… Continue reading Merciful Memory Keeper