I’m Dreaming Again

I love to read. I don’t know when it became so much fun, but I remember reading The Baby-sitters Club books and not being able to read the cursive sections of the books. I loved The Black Stallion series. Nancy Drew. Hardy Boys. Choose Your Own Adventure. Hank the Cowdog. If we had it in our school library, then I read it. The power of a well-told story captured my imagination. Growing up in my hometown gave me a certain {Read More}

Monterrey Mission Trip Part 3

Welcome back! Are you ready to hear more about my journey? I hope you’ve got a few minutes because what I’m going to share with you is straight from my heart and makes me feel vulnerable, but it was one of the most significant things that happened to me on this trip. I’ve heard it said that when someone goes on a short-term mission trip it does more for the person going than it does for the ones in country. {Read More}

Monterrey Mission Trip Part 2

So in the last post I shared a little about the beginnings of our trip to Monterrey. After being up since 4am, we were ready to eat some lunch and take a nap. Pastor Armando and his son Daniel met us at the airport and drove us to our hotel. We ate at El Papalote which means “The Windmill” and was comparable to Chili’s, but better. They brought out about 8 different salsas, so it was simply wonderful. The owners {Read More}

Monterrey Mission Trip Part 1

Right before Christmas I had the privilege of serving as an interpreter for a mission trip one of my pastors led in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Our church leaders have a long time relationship with an amazing pastor who’s a part of a church planting movement. Our church places a premium on planting life-giving churches so we’re just like two peas in a pod, or maybe something more Mexican, like two cactus plants on the same ranch…or whatever. I learned {Read More}

What is Success for Me as a Parent?

“No success without a successor.” Peter Drucker Mr. Drucker paraphrased the book of Ecclesiastes well. “I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.” Ecclesiastes 1:14 Begs the question, “Who am I pouring into?” For me the answer is easy: my children. I pray I equip them with the skills necessary to succeed in life-and that’s a whole lot more than just financial success. I want to train them {Read More}

Honor: What’s Growing on Here?

Recently I had the distinct pleasure of gathering with my family and celebrating my dad’s retirement from his 27 year career with his airline company. I’m not sure my words can do justice to what my heart felt as many, many people shook his hand, hugged his neck, drove/flew hundreds of miles to honor him and wish him well in his retirement. People kept coming up to me and telling me how much they appreciated his kind manners, friendship and {Read More}

Halloween and Morning Routines

I just decided this morning that I hate Halloween. It’s not even because I grew up in a home where we chose to not celebrate Satan’s holiday. Side note: I distinctly remember my mom creating a Noah’s Ark costume for me out of posterboard, suspenders and stuffed animals when I was in the 5th or 6th grade. This is funny to me mostly because my mom was not particularly known for her crafting skills nor was I totally on board {Read More}

Jesus and Oxi-Clean

I just had one of the most amazing bedtime moments with my daughters. If you’re like me then you might have amazing plans for all the books you’ll read to your children before bed. You may think up ways to tell the most awesome adventure story that has your children literally sitting on the edge of their seats and begging for more. I used to do that kind of dreaming, too. Then I got tired and turned into something less {Read More}

Beware of “Dollar Tree”

This morning began much like any other morning. My husband and I didn’t go to bed with kids in our bed, but when I awoke Dear Husband (DH) was gone, and two kids were in his place. I rolled out of bed and began my morning rituals. After brewing some coffee and adding my new pitcher of pumpkin spice latte to my favorite travel mug it was time to sit down and read my devotional. Landry built pyramids out of {Read More}

So What’s Up with Shame?

I think I’m going to be blogging in a series about Dr. Brene’ Brown’s The Power of Vulnerability. I’m a pretty frugal person when I want to be and I’m too cheap to buy her book, so I’m listening to the audiobook on YouTube. It’s only 6 hours, so why not, right? I did figure out pretty quickly that I have to listen when the kids are not around as she can use some colorful language I’d rather the children not {Read More}