What I Needed to Know

My second-born awakened in Africa this morning. She got off the plane in Johannesburg, and her six-month Africa mission trip commenced. Some look at this momma-of-a-missionary and think I’m crazy for letting Christianna go. She only just turned 18. She is far, far away. She is spending not one, two, three or four, but six... Continue Reading →


Practicing for Africa

This morning, I dropped off my second-born at the airport. It is exciting as she goes to visit her father’s and my alma mater, Liberty University, for the weekend. Taking Christianna to the airport is nothing new. I have taken her twice before, the first time for her month-long Christmas mission trip to Uganda, the... Continue Reading →

Just Pray

“I guess all we can really do is just pray.” No sooner had the words slipped from my mouth when my new friend, Theresa, stopped me. “Excuse me, I’m sorry, I have to get on my bandwagon for a moment,” she said. Then she proceeded to talk about how the mindset of “just pray” is... Continue Reading →

Chicken Run

Down in the barnyard are my ten chickens, some of whom I inherited from a lovely neighbor, some of which I raised from chicks. Now, chickens are not widely regarded for their intelligence or interpersonal skills. Unlike typical dogs or cats, chickens would just as soon run away from you than be petted. If you... Continue Reading →

Pray It Forward

This past Sunday, I had the rare and wonderful opportunity to just attend church with my pastor husband. Whereas, on normal Sundays, we are on the front row in every way, on this Sunday we got to sit on the back row and soak it all in. From that back row perspective, my eyes fell on a... Continue Reading →

A Three Pound Inspiration

Recently, my second-grader celebrated Immigration Day at her school. This being the fifth time our family has researched our ancestry for this day, Christianna calls this particular project “Mommy Homework.” If I had realized that the first time through, I would have worked harder to hold on to the details! ​Five second-graders later, it was... Continue Reading →


I’ve never been a math-y sort of person. I did well enough in math in school, but I just never much cared for a subject that had problems intrinsic to it. Still, lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about math. With seven people in our family – and four of those either in or entering adolescence... Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday Vanguard!

    This weekend, I weep with joy. Like a child’s conception, the dream of Vanguard was placed in Kelly’s and my heart long before she was born that March Sunday eighteen years ago. We were in our mid-twenties when God called us to come to Colorado Springs, of all places, to “plant” this church.... Continue Reading →

The Best Harvest of All

As much as I would like to tell you otherwise, my family did not have a super successful garden this year. Yes, we did harvest some purple potatoes, a few carrots and basil enough for a batch of pesto. We also managed to cultivate some monster zucchini, four tomatoes, six miniature pumpkins and three giant... Continue Reading →

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