It was a day filled with presents!The kids got everything they could have dreamed. Legos.Frozen.Hello Kitty.Minnie Mouse.Clothes.Hats. Gloves. Slippers.Balls.Baseball bags.Videos.Books. We enjoyed our annual cinnamon rolls and bacon egg muffins. Then we were off to the parents.The kids were buried in more presents!Mom made a fabulous ham dinner. Although the day didn’t start out well […]


The last few days have been exceedingly difficult.Landon has been pushing the limits … and ALL of my buttons.He knows just how to get at me.Talk back.Questioning every command.Refusing to obey.Most days, I am able to respond in love and not get angry.But some days, I snap.This week I snapped.Not just one day, but all […]


… the tongue is a small fire, a world of unrighteousness.  The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. .. no human being can tame the tongue.  It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  With it […]

The Great Red Dragon

The fall of Satan. As early as I can remember, I was taught about the fall of Satan.You know …* he was a great archangel* he grew proud* he was cast out of heaven with 1/3 of the angelsIn every church I have ever attended, I have been taught this story about Satan. In my […]

This Week

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is this week!The kids won’t let me forget how many days …now it’s only 3, “not including today,” as I’m often told. We haven’t written a Christmas letter yet.When I do, this family picture will accompany them.But I do have all my Christmas shopping done.I had such a fun […]

Do you wanna build a snowman?

After snow on Sunday …and 45 degrees today …the snow was perfect for building a snowman!!! When asked, “Liberty, why did you put a hat on your snowman?”She answered, “So he won’t melt, of course!”


Steve is home!After a 24 hour layover in Ethiopia due to a re-routing of his flight …and much grumpiness.  =(He got home on Tuesday afternoon.Although he was completely exhausted, he stayed awake long enough to show us video footage.Oh how it made me miss Tanzania. It was fun to see how much building they have […]

St. Nicholas

After a long day away yesterday … the kids arrived at home to find …Saint Nicholas had visited.Footie pajamas awaited each one. And this year, just to embrace the true meaning of the season,I bought a new advent book to read to the kids. I have LOVED Ann’s The Greatest Gift. I’m on my 4th […]

O Christmas Tree

Although Cuchara was INCREDIBLY windy …we set out to find a tree, without Steve.Mom, dad, and Shawnie were with us.After our first stop was unsuccessful, we went to our usual spot.We started our search right as the plowing came to an end and we were forced to stop. Shawnie was the one to find this […]


Steve is on his way to Ethiopia.A 12 hour flight .. followed by 2 more flights to get to Mwanza, Tanzania.This is my first Thanksgiving without him in 17 years!I’m sad he’s not here … but I’m so very thankful he gets to go!His trip is more than funded!Between he and David, they raised an […]