Happy {belated} Birthday, Peter!

Happy {belated} Birthday, Peter!

The last year has been one of the most challenging, rewarding, and beautiful years of my life! How quickly my little boy went from 6 lb. 8 oz. to 20 lb. 14.5 oz. And even though I miss holding him as a tiny baby [born July 23], each new stage is so marvelous. I’ve found it extraordinary to see how a human being adjusts to a brand new world outside the

A small, safe place in a troubling world

A small, safe place in a troubling world

“Sanctuary… is a word which here means a small, safe place in a troubling world. Like an oasis in a vast desert or an island in a stormy sea” (Lemony Snicket). Back in 2005ish when I first watched Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, I remember the above narration stirring my imagination.

My Biggest Prayer; My Biggest Fear

My Biggest Prayer; My Biggest Fear

My biggest prayer is for my boys to have a personal relationship with Jesus as kids that would last their lifetimes. That they would be internally motivated to walk in love and obedience to God even now.  I long for them to have eyes to see, ears to hear, and minds to...
Conversation in the Home

Conversation in the Home

“The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child’s home.” (William Temple) What a task teaching our children about the world is. As a follower of Jesus, I’m to intentionally teach my boys how to think about themselves and their relationship to God and everything and everyone else…

Choosing Well

Choosing Well

I’ve been thinking a lot about how sin affects our relationship, as Christians, with God. In her book Unseduced and Unshaken, Rosalie de Rosset says, “Everywhere we look, God’s grace is marvelous beyond words. However, it is possible to choose well, to spend less time recovering and more time deepening…

What We Practice, We Become

What We Practice, We Become

Life is made up of moments in which we choose between the things that will destroy us or bring us life. We have to intentionally seek to reflect Christ. Where I allow my thoughts and emotions to go matters a great deal. And what I choose to do with my time has an enormous impact on who I am…

Baby Names: Creating a Legacy of Faith

Baby Names: Creating a Legacy of Faith

I think that the names we give our children have the potential to help shape who they become. I want to talk to our sons about their names and why we gave them to them. I know they will someday choose their own way and that my time with them in my home is short. And so my influence and example…

Finding My Heart Through Parenting

Finding My Heart Through Parenting

Of course I love being a mom and love my kiddos, but the truth is also that parenting has been the most exhausting experience of my life. My heart and I often lost touch with each other during these first few years of parenting. Jesus is fixing that problem by calling my heart to Him.

PRC Newsletter Design

PRC Newsletter Design

I was honored to work with Jim Allison of Thot Communications to design Portland Pregnancy Resource Center‘s January 2014 newsletter. PRC provides free, quality resources to women and teens who are facing unplanned pregnancy. PRC’s new newsletter...
Waking to reality of abortion

Waking to reality of abortion

I recently watched The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Have you seen it? You have to see it. Giving a glimpse of the world through a child’s eyes, the film follows the story of a naive 8-year-old boy who tries to make sense of the world during the Nazi holocaust.
I was so distraught during this entire movie. Sitting on the edge of my seat, I couldn’t help but

The importance of interest

The importance of interest

Early in our marriage, I learned how valuable it is to take a genuine interest in Nathan’s passions. For example, my husband has loved hockey since he was a little boy. So now I love it too. I cheer for the Colorado Avalanche alongside him and then cheer for him as he scores goals for the Medium-speed Zombies, his roller hockey team.