Category Archive: Family News

Oct 20

To My Father

Dear Dad, For 33 years I have watched you, and you have taught me. As an infant, though I do not remember, you taught me: Safety. ugg classic mini cheap Love. Security. When I later learned that God is our Father, I understood and embraced His love, because your example had prepared my heart. As …

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Sep 22

What Is Pro-Life?

Being pro-life is more than being pro-birth. It’s more than being anti-abortion. It’s being supportive of everything that goes along with mothering, motherhood, pregnancy, infants, and children. (It’s being supportive of all life, actually, since everyone used to be a fetus!) Someone who is pro-life does not view pregnancy, birth, infancy, and children as inconveniences or …

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May 15


I guess that it’s not always typical to reflect on a past year in the middle of May, but if you have school-age children or are in school yourself, you might be like me, and your years run more August-May than January-December. (As a child of two teachers, the summer months have always been a strange timeless zone, …

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Sep 18

Bethany’s Birth Story, Part 3: Recovery

  Tuesday night, after my surgery, I learned that the D&C had gone as expected. A portion of the placenta had been retained, and the surgeon had removed it, finished the curettage, and then had even come out to talk to Tim and let him know I would be out soon. But meanwhile, in the …

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Sep 18

Bethany’s Birth Story, Part 2: Tuesday Night

Bethany was born at 4:31 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9. For the first 90 minutes after birth, everything was normal. Bethany and I were having skin-to-skin time, Tim was taking pictures, and Naomi (who stared out the window and refused to watch during delivery) turned around and came over to meet her new baby sister. …

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Sep 17

Bethany’s Birth Story, Part 1: The Good Stuff

In many ways, Bethany’s birth story is a combination of my best birth story and my worst nightmare. First of all, I had a completely uncomplicated, low-risk pregnancy. I passed every blood, urine, ultrasound and glucose test with no problems. The worst pregnancy ailment I experienced was a strong case of acid reflux, which was …

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Sep 14

The Sixteenth Street Mall

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.” 2 Tim 1:7 About two weeks ago, our family took a spontaneous overnight trip to downtown Denver. Our oldest daughter, Naomi, who is 8 years old, loves downtown. It is her favorite place to go …

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Aug 15

“How valuable is your uterus?” –and other things you don’t want to hear when you’re in labor!

This is the story of Joanna’s birth. I believe I have kept it all pretty G-rated, but please be advised, if you don’t like to read birth stories, STOP HERE! Joanna was born on July 23 after a scheduled induction. Why did I decide to be induced? Primarily because by the 23rd, she was one week …

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Jun 19

Introducing Joanna Grace

Well, she’s not quite here…yet. But somehow I don’t think I will have time to put up this post after her birth! For our baby shower, I was asked to write about how and why we chose Joanna Grace as the name for our fourth daughter. I enjoyed thinking and writing about the process so …

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Aug 20


“You can’t outgive God.” This is what my mom told me after I related to her the many blessings our family received today. Wow! God is so good–all the time. He has given us all we need — the opportunity to know Him through Jesus Christ, the ability to receive free salvation through Jesus’ death …

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