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17 Bible Verses about Miracles & 16 Real Miracles from the Bible

Over the last two weeks or so, I have had three very challenging situations in my life. The first was that my dad was in the intensive care unit on a ventilator. The doctors were telling my sister and I that there was a high likelihood that he would never be able to come off the ventilator, and we were looking at options like a tracheotomy and long-term care. The second was an issue at work that I can’t really discuss, but suffice it to say that it was very distressing and left me anxious and stressed out and angry. The … Read more

Loving and Losing and Gaining Even More

Last Wednesday, we had to put our beloved Zeus to sleep. He was almost 15. He predated my kids, my husband, and even my house. We had been together longer than anyone in my adult life. What’s more is that he died on December 30, two years to the day after I had to put his sister to sleep. To say I was sad that day is an understatement. I was devastated. I’d had a feeling he was sick, but had been living in denial for a few weeks. In the end, it turns out that he really was sick, … Read more

10 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas

  I have said often that I am okay having Santa Claus deliver big piles of gifts on Christmas Eve because I am confident that my kids know why we’re celebrating to begin with. But how do they know? It’s not like any child pauses in the middle of tearing wrapping paper to reflect on Jesus and the gift of His birth. Let’s get real. It takes conscious effort, continual reinforcement, and intentional activities on my part for my kids to understand and remember that Jesus IS The Gift. It doesn’t just happen. My pastor’s sermon last week was about … Read more

Lamb of God – Sheep Craft for Preschoolers and Older Kids

Lamb of God - Sheep craft for preschoolers and older kids

The next day John [the Baptist] saw Jesus coming toward him and said, – Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” – John 1:29 NLT I like sheep and lambs. I think they’re cute, and they’re synonymous with spring, which has been sorely lacking in my part of the world this year (until this week, that is). Having seen lots of cute lamb and sheep crafts on Pinterest recently, I came up with a little lamb project for my girls to do. I had intended to write Lamb of God on their pink hearts and … Read more

Mercy House – A Charity on my Heart

I am at the Relevant conference in Harrisburg this weekend. Yes, I was just at a conference last weekend. No, I am not planning to go from conference to conference week after week. I did not stay home with my children to travel the country without them. I attended Relevant last year, and I was uplifted and encouraged. I love this conference. At last year’s conference, I met Kristen Welch, author of We Are THAT Family, at dinner the first night. Kristen and I started blogging around the same time, and I have followed her blog for years. At that … Read more

Planning an At-Home Date – Honoring the Man They Call Daddy

For my fourth Honoring the Man They Call Daddy post, I shared why Joe and I need to spend some time dating again. Did you see the other bloggers’ posts about planning at-home dates? I loved every single one. The Date Night Myth This post may just get me kicked out of the blogosphere, but in all honesty, I think the importance of regular date nights is over-emphasized and not really a true indicator of a healthy marriage at all. Yep, I said it. In many ways, Mandi’s post was like part two of mine. She explained how to focus … Read more