Press In

I love it when the Lord gives me super simple revelation in the most unexpected ways. I was reading in Psalm tonight, and when I got to this verse – the last one in chapter 19 – I thought, “Okay, Lord, I am just going to lay here and meditate on what I read and what you want to tell me.”

So I laid my head down on my dog and listened for the Lord. What I heard, though, was her heartbeat.

I just laid there for a minute listening to the rhythmic thumping Continue reading “Press In”

Prepare the Way

Luke 1 is really interesting for a couple reasons, but as I read it tonight something was different.

Luke 1:17 “And he will go before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous – to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

John, a baby who hadn’t even been born yet, had been given this huge mission – to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

God calls us – sometimes before we are even born – to do great things. Every one of us has Continue reading “Prepare the Way”

Psalm 17:6

I’ve had a bit of writer’s block lately, and I think I know why. There are many days that I struggle to set aside time for the Lord – to just sit and listen or be in the Word – and lately that’s where I’ve been.

I’ve tried to sit down and write something every day, but nothing is coming, and, while I want to share my life and story here, I don’t want it to be about me. I want it to be about what God is doing and showing me and how He wants to use my story to bless or encourage other people. Any skill I have in regards to writing is only because Continue reading “Psalm 17:6”

Do You Ever Just Take a Minute?

My day starts a little before 7:00am. I have a daycare, and that’s the time my doors open. Kids start coming any time from then until 8:30. I usually spend my early morning tidying up, getting snacks ready, and doing whatever else I need to do, so the day runs smoothly, or as smoothly as it can when hanging out with 5 kids under 5.

This morning, though, I saw something out of the corner of my eye that made me stop what I was doing. Continue reading “Do You Ever Just Take a Minute?”

Road Trips


Road trips with my husband are the best.

We’ve been on lots of road trips since we’ve been married, some short and some long. Our longest was from Iowa to Boston.

Today we just made a simple trip to Iowa City for the Hawkeyes basketball game, but it was great.

I have a playlist on my iPod just for road trips. It has every song that we can belt out and agree on. The playlist has a wide variety of genres excluding metal (because it’s Continue reading “Road Trips”

Give Until There’s Nothing Left

I’ve heard it said a thousand times in my life that Christmas time is the season of giving.

When I think about generosity, I always think back to a Relient K song I used to listen to in middle school and high school (thanks big sis for liking Relient K – we both know that’s the only reason I ever gave them a listen in the first place). Continue reading “Give Until There’s Nothing Left”

My Sick Husband

I know it sounds bad, but I kinda love it when my husband gets sick. It’s a common stereotype that men are the biggest babies when they are sick, but, for my husband, that’s not the case.

I love getting to take care of him and coddle him a little bit. But only when he’s sick. Early in our marriage I discovered that when he is sick, he becomes a hermit. Continue reading “My Sick Husband”

Our Christmas Tree

We put up our Christmas tree last night.

I’ve always preferred real trees. Other than the fact that they look better, I’m not really sure why I like them so much better than fake trees.

I remember the first time my mom suggested we use my grandma’s old fake tree instead of getting a real one. I was in high school. My mom said she wouldn’t be buying a tree that year and if we (me and my siblings) really wanted one we would have to go get one ourselves.

I’m sure when she said we would have to get one ourselves she meant we should go to the tree farm. But we lived in the country on 10 acres, so Continue reading “Our Christmas Tree”