Adoption Update

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For anyone who is curious, I thought I would give you a quick update on where things are at in our adoption process: On July 16 and 17, Joe and I attended an Adoption Education Seminar at Adoption Options. We got a fat binder of information that we have yet to go through, learned more details about the next steps in the adoption process, and heard some amazing stories from an adoptive couple and a birth mother. It was tiring, {Read More}

Mama Bears and Warrior Men

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Probably close to two decades ago, when I was possibly still a teenager and felt a strong calling to the ministry of intercession, I read the book entitled “Intercessory Prayer” by Dutch Sheets. It was very formative in my early instruction to a life of prayer and what it meant to “stand in the gap” on behalf of others in that place of reconciliation and warfare in the spirit. As it has been such a long time since I’ve read {Read More}

Scattered Arrows

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In the year 2010, the Lord began to get our attention about adoption in several different ways. One of them was that Randy & Kelsey Bohlender, the adoptive parents that I was following online, wrote a book called “The Spirit of Adoption“. I ordered it right away and one of the sections was deeply seared upon my heart (shared here with permission)… When the Lord places children in families, He is placing arrows in quivers. The battle between good and {Read More}

Adding Arrows to Our Quiver

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As many of you may have already heard via our update newsletter or via social media, my husband Joe and I have decided to expand our family through adoption! I have so much in my mind and heart about this that I’m about ready to explode, so I am hoping to find an outlet here on my blog during this journey. This blog has become rather neglected lately due to the busyness of life and the ease of posting little {Read More}

Truth in the Tinsel – Year 4

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I haven’t had any time for blogging as of late, but I always make time for Truth in the Tinsel as the Christmas season approaches because I love it so much and so do my kids. It’s just under 2 weeks until December 1st when the tradition of advent typically begins and if you have children, I would highly recommend this advent devotional and activity eBook to you! The first year that we participated, we followed the book as closely {Read More}

Our Easter Banner

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Our family had a great time preparing our hearts for Easter using the kids devotional A Sense of the Resurrection. You can read about Days 1 & 2 in my original review and Days 3 & 4 here. On Day 5 we SAW Jesus’ true royalty as they put a purple robe on Him, draping a purple blanket over Justice’s shoulders as a royal garment. On Day 6 we HEARD the rooster’s crow and talked about how we don’t want {Read More}

Coupon Code for A Sense of the Resurrection!

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A couple weeks ago I talked about how we are preparing our hearts for Easter by using a new ebook from ohAmanda called A Sense of the Resurrection. Feel free to read my review of this devotional for kids that we are already loving! Since then we’ve done a couple more of the devotionals as we slowly draw closer to Easter. For Day 3 we talked about how Jesus was a servant and we FELT the warm water and bubbles {Read More}

Preparing Our Hearts for Easter

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It’s coming up on 3 years ago that we lost my husband’s sister Angie in a car accident on April 2nd, 2011, not too long before Easter. This was also the first year where I decided to do a special activity with my then 3-year-old son Justice to talk about Jesus dying for us and rising again. I think it was helpful, even as we were also processing the death of Angie and our hope in her resurrection when Jesus {Read More}

Truth in the Tinsel: Days 17-24

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Again, in case you haven’t seen all these pictures on Facebook or Instagram already, here’s a recap of our Truth in the Tinsel experience for days 9-16! You can see days 1-8 here and days 9-16 here. Day 17 – Sheep Day 18 – Choir of Angels Day 19 – The Shepherds As you can see, our Lego nativity scene continued to grow. We added some cows and then the shepherds, sheep and Gabriel joined in the fun as well! {Read More}

Truth in the Tinsel: Days 9-16

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Again, in case you haven’t seen all these pictures on Facebook or Instagram already, here’s a recap of our Truth in the Tinsel experience for days 9-16! You can see days 1-8 here and days 17-24 here. Day 9 – Joseph Day 10 – Dream Joseph being visited by the angel Gabriel in his not-so-comfy looking bed. Day 11 – JESUS!! Day 12 – The Census Can you find Joseph & Mary amongst all the people going to Bethlehem to {Read More}