Playing Nurse

Landon was feeling a bit under the weather last weekend. On Sunday morning he declared that his throat hurt and he couldn’t go to church. And that boy did lay around all day long. If Landon lays around, you know he’s not feeling well. By Monday about 6pm, Steve started to feel something come on. […]


This precious girl is FOUR! I’ve been trying to tell her … I’m not ready for her to be four. She did not listen. And we had great fun celebrating her. On Saturday the 11th, we went to the P’s house for lunch … then to see a matinee of Frozen. She wanted a Frozen […]

First Haircut

On Monday, the 6th, Liberty got her first haircut! My baby is almost FOUR and it was time. Her baby hair was regularly a tangled mess. But it’s always so sad to cut off that hair. Of course, I saved a piece, just like I did with the other three. She’s a big girl now!


I’ve been planning a trip to Haiti in February. Back in October, I had quite a few ladies interested in going with me. At one point, there was –     a nurse     a massage therapist     a metal jewelry stamper     a photographer     a french speaker By the […]


During Christmas break … the days seemed to drag on as the kids spent far too much time fighting and disobeying. I was frustrated. Frustrated with them for their bad behavior. Frustrated with myself for getting so frustrated with them. As we were nearing the end of a very long day,  I realized that I […]

Family Game Night

In 2006, when we were living in Kalispell, Montana, we decided to start a weekly tradition of  Friday Night Pizza/ Movie Night Home made pizza. A movie, of the kids choosing. Sometimes Steve and I watch, and sometimes we don’t. But the kids love it because they get to eat in front of the TV. […]

In the Stillness

If you’ve ever been to my house, you know it’s anything but quiet. There’s very few moments of stillness. But stillness is not just lacking in my house. It’s this place we call home. The busyness of life keeps us from being still. “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted […]

A Year in Review

January Liberty Cate turned 3. We started Embracing Orphans, a branch of Mavuno Market.     We visited Estes Park to find a location      for our 1st annual ladies retreat. I went to Haiti from the 24th – 29th with Mom, Marian & Debbie Butera. February I turned 42. March Steve turned 43 […]

Happy New Year

I’ve been reading Ann Voskamp’s book, The Greatest Gift…     Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas. It’s intended to be read during Advent. Each chapter is is dated December 1 -25. Although it’s January and Christmas has come and gone,  and I’m only 1/2 way through the book, I’m going to keep reading. […]