Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! May your days be filled with the love and joy of Christ, and may you feel the peace of knowing Immanuel – God with us!   Merry Christmas!

To my beautiful daughters on your 13th birthday

I wanted to have this perfect letter written out to you – this concoction of love and inspiration and truth all mixed into one – words you would treasure for a lifetime. Yet, looking into your beautiful eyes and knowing your lovely hearts on this very first day of being teenagers, I’m at a loss. […]

The Start of our School Year

Today was our first day of school for the year. We’ve got first, second, fourth, sixth, and seventh grades going on at out home. And I’m barely able to believe the words in the previous sentence are true. I find it this incredibly beautiful mixture of happy-sad. Oh, I am so grateful for a God […]

Words on your 8th birthday

What words could I express to my daughter on her eighth birthday? Oh, sweet Love, there are no words to truly convey all that I long for you to know. But with happy tears streaming down (because how is it possible that it’s been eight years already!?) I humbly scratch out a smidgen of my […]

Today My Baby Turned Six!

Half a dozen years ago we held this beauty for the first time. Who knew that our love could multiply so much that day after celebrating the years of marriage & love & time & faithfulness!? But just after the sun shone brightly that June morning our precious Ariya Faith was born. And this sweet […]

This Man I Love

It’s been fifteen years with this man I love, and he just keeps stealing my heart. Oh, I love him and our life together – the everyday, ordinary, digging in the dirt together moments, & the wonder of watching our children getting older and us getting older too. I love you, Gabe – your heart, […]

This Girl

This girl – She turned 11 yesterday. It was a beautiful day celebrating this beautiful girl. Her smiles and love and tender heart. Her joy and fun and creativity. The way she adores her friends, cares for animals, cherishes her family, and loves God. She has this quiet strength, amazing perseverance, and glorious way of […]

Joy and Sorrow

I’m this splattered puddle of emotions today. There’s this sweet surprise of joy found right here squished between scrubbing bathroom floors and shaking whipping cream to concoct this buttery science experiment. And there’s this ache of missing my daddy that – after eleven years – I know will always be here in the way her […]

The Day My Boy Turned Nine

It’s been nine years of this crazy adventure of raising a little man. Nine years of courage and passion, joy and strength. And my heart swells looking upon the man God is growing this now nine-year-old of mine to be. Oh, Isaiah Gabriel, our lives are so much richer and more glorious because of you. […]

On Your 12th Birthday

A dozen years since that day in the hospital when our worlds changed forever. These two tiny, precious babes came and made their ways straight to our hearts. Who ever could’ve believed the fragile, beautiful, terrifying, heart-molding, glorious days to come? Oh, Alyssa Marie and Elliana Grace, how can it be that you are twelve […]