Preparations and Prayers – 2 days until arrival!

Just days before their arrival my stomach is in knots and I wonder what they will think of our family, our home.  As we pick up our toys and shift bedrooms around, I glance at the clock again and add 7 hours.  My mind wanders for a moment, “It’s 5 o’clock, I wonder what they are doing right now.”  My wonders turn into prayers as my children call my name from across the house.  Another prayer is uttered, “Oh Lord, {Read More}

You Ask, We Will Answer

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Dear family and friends, and new friends from the internet! We are in awe of all of the words of support from you.  In addition, there have been a lot of private messages as to how you can help, or wanting more information.  The siblings we are bringing into our home are 12 and 13 years old.  We are not allowed to share a lot online, so we will share as we can.  I know you’d love to see a {Read More}

Our Summer Family Additions 5+2=7


The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. ~ Psalm 34:18 NIV Scrolling mindlessly on Facebook as the day wraps up is not edifying, but what I was doing the evening an image changed our family forever.  What is this picture?  What is this story?  The image, a child that needs love.  The story, a family providing a loving home.  The future, well, God knows. In the middle of ads and random posts {Read More}

8 months in 60 seconds

I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:1,2 It has been awhile since I’ve logged in.  So long in fact that I cannot remember my logins to change the Christmas stuff in your newsletter if you’re opening this in your e-mail.  But, if you are here, I {Read More}

Our Baby Genevieve Story


Genevieve Alice arrived August 22, 2013 just after noon.  If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter you may have seen a feed full of pictures.  Our family has been having fun welcoming her home.  I have been dealing with some health issues and it has made it difficult to care for my family.  If you are interested in the “not-too-much-information-birth-story” read on toward the bottom (for those of you that asked). (Genevieve, this is for you to read {Read More}

Anxious About Being Anxious


One month and baby girl will be here (maybe less after all of the cramps I’m having).  I’m a bit nervous even though this will be my 3rd delivery and the other 2 were safe and healthy.  Do you want to hear something funny?  I‘m anxious about being anxious.  The hormones and post-partum depression denied and gone unchecked that led me to so much anxiety is staring me in the face. Questions of what-ifs swirl in my head. & then {Read More}

The Blessings Jar (& a Giveaway!)

The Blessings Jar

This summer has been full of family times at the beach, grandparents, pool and backyard.  Amidst the chaos, late bedtimes and little ones waking up with the sun we have had a house full of potty talk and whining. “It’s NOT fair!” Oh yes, the phrases of summer that accompany the smell of freshly cut grass.  Sayings that my 2 year old and 4 year old have grumbled before lunchtime or just before dinner. “No, that’s mine!” “Nu-Uh, NO, I {Read More}

Sometimes We Just Need to Begin Again

The first step is always the hardest. My draft box for writing is filling up as I fear hitting “publish”. As many of you know I stopped writing here when I went back to work and started taking classes. After a few months off I found it difficult to write again. Fear took over and I just pushed it aside, filling my time with more crafts and netflix. Ugh! I don’t feel like this is where I am supposed to {Read More}

Mid-Century Cinderella Gracing our Walls

Vintage Cinderella Pictures

This summer has been tiring and wonderful so far.  Tiring because I’m over 3o weeks along with baby girl and I’m trying to keep up with my two little munchkins at home.  Wonderful because life has slowed a bit and I’ve found time to rest amongst the chaos.  I will share a bit more later this week, but in the meantime, I wanted to let you in on a little project… I found these animal pictures in frames for probably {Read More}

My Hometown


I’m part of a community of women of Influence and today we’re sharing where we are from. I am from the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan.  It is a beautiful place to grow up and raise a family.  I am often spoiled by the summers, but it’s never too crowded as no one wants to handle the long winters. If you ever came to visit, I’d take you to the famous Bernie O’s Pizza for the twist. Walk the Grand {Read More}