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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Jul 26

10 years, 5 houses, 4 kids, 3 cats, 2 states, and 1 apartment later

You may have guessed this already, but today is our 10th wedding anniversary.  And before we go any farther, please be warned that I am writing this post in advance–since our anniversary is just a week after our baby’s due date–so I’m currently in the middle of a surge of late-pregnancy hormones. As I am …

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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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Nov 27

The Most Dangerous Place to Raise Your Children

Many times, I have reflected on how blessed I am to live in the United States, and to enjoy the many freedoms we have here. I am thankful to everyone who has ever served our country in the military, for their part in protecting our freedoms. And honestly, I have been very comfortable and insulated here. …

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Aug 23

The FlyLady and BOB books

This has been a pretty exciting week for me so far. Naomi started 2nd grade last Thursday, and Rachel and I have started our preschool lessons. I am also starting a new household management regime along with my good friend, Fernanda Powers. We’re following The FlyLady’s Beginning Baby Steps. Check it out if you, too, are …

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Aug 20

Harvests

“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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Jul 30

VBS and strep throats and missing teeth, oh my

When I fall behind on writing my blog, it becomes so much harder to start again!  So much has happened, I feel that I can’t catch back up again. I often feel the same way when I get behind reading my Bible. I plan to read it every day, then when I skip a day, it …

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Jul 16

Camping

Tim and I have bought a tent. We are planning to introduce our family to camping. Nine years ago, when we got married, I would never have believed that not only would I agree to accompany Tim on a camping trip, but that I would actually (sort of) look forward to it! A few years ago, …

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