Anyone else wish time would slow down a bit? (School Pictures 2015-2016)

Sometimes you don’t know where you’ve been until you turn around and marvel at the moments turned days and years behind you.

At how half a dozen kids in just as many years would grow in a blink.

At how the reading about history while nursing a babe and the tears and furrowed brow over mixed up numbers and the painting dripped into puddles of masterpieces and even the bright smiles when sounding out three-letter-words was no longer painful – how these, these would be all fuzzy and lovely muddled.

And my heart hurts just a bit at the the beauty passing.

Oh, if I could just rub out all the hard and the mess, and revel in the good and the holy.

Yet we step forward, trusting the One who holds time and universes spinning and these six awesome kids that I love like crazy –

Knowing I’ll look back again marveling at all He did in moments and days strung together for His glory. (You’re not going to want to miss the pictures at the end of this post!)

“School” Pictures 2015-2016

favorite school picture 2015(Elliana, Isaiah, Alyssa, Ariya, Kayla, Annabella)

Alyssa Marie
Alyssa 5th grade!

Alyssa - 5th grade!
Alyssa is 10 and in Fifth Grade. She has such a beautiful, loving heart. And she wants to be a mommy and a writer some day – so that she can tell her kids and others about Jesus. I’m humbled and honored that she would have such affection for loving little hearts and etching out words – the same intricate joys that often fill my days.

Elliana Grace
Elliana - 5th grade

Elliana 5th grade
Elliana is 10 and in Fifth Grade (just like her twin sister… is it getting easier to tell them apart, or is it just me!?). Oh, how I love this girl. There’s such beauty in the ways she loves on others and cares for little ones. She is bright and kind and humbles me with her love of Bible reading.

Kayla Ann
Kayla - 4th grade!

Kayla 4th grade!
Kayla is 9 and in Fourth Grade. She is breathtaking. Her blue eyes glisten as her smile and compassion light up the room. And she’s already practicing for when someday she can use her talents to be an artist/illustrator… and a mommy… and a veterinarian. Oh, how she loves animals. But it’s her sweet love for Jesus that is most dazzling.

Isaiah Gabriel
Isaiah 2nd grade

Isaiah - 2nd grade
Isaiah is 7 and in Second Grade. He continues to be my handsome hero that loves all things boyish, yet always has time to stop and give his mom a hug. Such passion and life and energy are brought to my days through this sweet boy. I don’t know what I’d do without him, but I’m so thankful for the mighty work God has done in both our hearts through him.

Annabella Love
Annabella - kindergarten

Annabella Kindergarten
Annabella is 6 and in Kindergarten. She’s such a precious girl that melts my heart every time with her big beautiful eyes and her gentle strength. She captures the beauty around her and is always ready for some fun – especially if it involves bikes or horses or climbing or swinging. And her sweet voice singing to Jesus? It’s the most precious sound I hear everyday.

And last, but not least… Ariya Faith
Ariya - preK

Ariya preK!
Ariya is 4 and in Pre-Kindergarten. She loves to be a part of the action. Just thinking about this precious girl makes me smile. There is so much life and joy wrapped up in this little one. I find myself stopping more often to treasure these days of four-year-old-ness and to stand in awe at how God made this preschooler of mine so spunky and beautiful, brave and kind.

I am so blessed by these precious children that God has placed in our family. None of us are perfect. We have days that are tiring and long and hard – days where I feel like giving up as a Mommy and teacher to these wandering hearts. No, we’re not perfect. We’re truly a handful of sinners, striving to live and love and learn together for the glory of God. But, I will hold onto each and every one of these moments, before they too – are gone.

my silly kids 2015

Just for fun… :)

Back to School(2010)

our class of 2011-2012(2011)

Our Kids 2012(2012)

School picture 2013(2013)

back to school picture 2014[1](2014)

school picture 2015(2015)

Oh, my heart – I love these kids!

(I’ll be taking a little break from writing soon, as maybe you’ve noticed things have already grown quiet – but first I’m hoping to share about our curriculum choices this year. There are a few new things that we’ve been loving. :) Have a wonderful week!)

Colossians – Bible Studies & Family Bible Times for the whole family

A summer’s worth of days spent in these words scratched out centuries ago, and I know my heart won’t ever be the same. It was this awe-filled glory found in moments carved out and tucked in between picnics and pillow forts and that mountain of laundry. And though the pages in my Bible have turned, I don’t ever want to pack away the transforming beauty. For it’s never too late to be illuminated by His love, His life, and His truth found in Colossians.

Here’s my heart behind and desperate longing for more of God and His light through this {free} Bible study on Colossians:

illuminated - Colossians


WEEK 1 ~ Getting to Know Colossians

WEEK 2 ~ Colossians 1:1-2 Greetings From an Apostle of Christ

Colossians Week 2 - Our Family For His Glory

dramatize it

Bible Study Helps:
Memorize it!

Family Bible Time #2
10 Dramatic Ways to Get Kids to Love the Bible!

WEEK 3 ~ Colossians 1:3-14 Rescued From Darkness

WEEK 4 ~ Colossians 1:15-23 The Supremacy of Christ (The Day Love Won)

Colossians Week 4 - Our Family For His Glory Colossians family time - image in Him
Bible Study Helps:
Write it!!
Family Bible Time #4
One Simple Way to Share the Gospel With Kids

WEEK 5 ~ Colossians 1:24-2:5 Christ in You – The Hope of Glory

Colossians Week 5 Our Family For His Glory summer play tent
Bible Study Helps:
Using Cross References
Family Bible Time #5
A Favorite Hiding Place for Kids

WEEK 6 ~ Colossians 2:6-23 Life in Him

Colossians Week 6 - Our Family For His Glory science experiment - sins of the world placed on Christ
Bible Study Helps:
LIVING His Words
Family Bible Time #6
An Experiment for Those Sin Filled Days

WEEK 7 ~ Colossians 3:1-17 Living the New Life

Colossians Week 7 - Our Family For His Glory sharing the gospel with dirt
Bible Study Helps:
Looking At the Original Language
(Without needing to Know Greek!)
Family Bible Time #7
Sharing the Gospel With Kids
(With Lots of DIRT!)

WEEK 8 ~ Colossians 3:18-4:1 Glorifying God in Everyday Life

Colossians - Week 8 Our Family For His Glory Getting Kids to Obey - with cookies

Bible Study Helps:
Using a Topical Bible

Family Bible Time #8
Getting Kids to Obey

WEEK 9 ~ Colossians 4:2-6 Devoted in Prayer and Lots of Grace

Colossians Week 9 - Our Family For His Glory our scrapbook of prayers

Bible Study Helps:
Pray His Words

Family Bible Time # 9
Making Your Own Prayer Scrapbook

WEEK 10 ~ Colossians 4:7-18 Grace Be With You

Colossians - Week 10 - Our Family For His Glory
Bible Study Helps:
It Doesn’t End Here!

Oh, what an honor and a joy it has been to be illuminated in and through and by our amazing God through this book!

Bible markings - Colossians

Keep seeking moments with Him, dear friends!

Keep being awed by His words!

Keep letting His light shine through all the cracks and the glory!

I look forward to next time…

The Day She Turned Six!


I’m not sure where in this crazy world those half a dozen years of giggles and snuggles and sweet love have gone. But somehow this happened – the day you woke up and one hand was no longer enough to show the entirety of your little girl years. And you were all big smiles and […]

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life with this man – harder and much more beautiful than I could have dreamed


The blanket spread out over the tall grass and there we sat searching for words to express what we were feeling. And I could’ve sworn that my beating heart was about to come thundering right out of my chest – for somehow we both seemed to know where God was leading. And now it’s been […]

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The Final Week (Colossians – Week 10)


I can’t help but feel the tears trickling down my cheeks and the sweet smile on my lips. For we have sought to grow closer to our God, and have spent many moments, hours, and days being transformed by His hope and grace and love. And now, here we are, the very last week of […]

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Making Your Own Prayer Scrapbook

Making your own prayer scrapbook

We’ve spent weeks coming to know our most incredible God. And the more I come to know Him, the more awe-struck I am that He desires for us to call out to Him with words and tears and joy-filled thanks. And yet, it’s so easy (maybe even more so as a family) to get stuck […]

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Drawing Near to God (Colossians – Week 9)


And here we are at the end of Colossians. These weeks have been so humbling and awe-filled – igniting in my life a deeper love for God and His Word that I can’t help but bow my knees before Christ my Lord! I pray that He’s working His beautiful glory in your lives as well. […]

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Getting Kids to Obey!


Often times I feel like this whole parenting thing is this extravagant experiment. Maybe in some ways we’re all looking for that magic formula to get our kids to obey. And, if I’m honest, I don’t feel any more equipped now to raise these half a dozen awesome kids of ours than I did ten […]

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Needing God in our Marriages, Homes, and Lives (Colossians – Week 8)


There are a lot of hard and messy and hurt-filled moments in our home. I know that it may not seem that way. It’s easy to look at the pictures of smiling kids and read the stories of beautiful times, and conclude that we have it all together. But the truth is that there’s a […]

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Sharing the Gospel With Kids (With Lots of Dirt!)

Sharing the Gospel - with dirt

There’s this favorite Family {Bible} Time of ours. We love it so much that I think we do a version of it at least once a year. (And on this hot summer day we opted for the swimming suit edition.) It’s a precious way to share the truths of the gospel with our kids. And […]

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