When we bought our home 12 years ago, I was excited to find out we had an orange tree in the backyard. It didn’t have any oranges on it at the time, but it wasn’t the season for bearing fruit. Even though I don’t have much of a green thumb, I wasn’t worried. I had… Continue reading When Orange Trees Don’t Grow Oranges
"I think this will help me conquer my fear of roller coasters." I sure hoped so, otherwise this might be our last amusement park visit as a family.
Fear is a funny thing. Well, not actually funny, but you know what I mean. Fear comes in all shapes and sizes; it affects young and old and everyone in-between. It can come and go at the strangest times and at different speeds. It has physical side effects, some of which cripple for life. The… Continue reading How to Walk on Water
I don't know why that was such a big deal. I just wanted them to have some lemonade.
"Why are there so many Lisa's at church, mommy? What's so important about the name Lisa anyway?" My youngest son seemed genuinely confused and curious one night as we counted all the "Lisa's" we know. It made me laugh, and I think I responded with a light-hearted answer like, "Well, because Lisa is a cool… Continue reading Everyone Needs a L.I.S.A.
“Hospital emergency! Hospital emergency!” My 10-year old was running through the house yelling and found me in the kitchen.
My son loves using exclamation points. Sorry, let me say that again. My son LOVES using exclamation points! I’ve tried explaining that it’s improper grammar to use exclamation points at the end of every sentence, but to no avail. He will read a sentence ‘normally’, and then again with his best expressive voice. He reasons… Continue reading Hashtag Exclamation Point
I know what you’re thinking. Tweezers, right? Well, not so fast. Sometimes it’s not that easy. I was at a church event when it happened. A tiny piece of wood pricked my finger. It was small, though, and I was distracted by the event so I left it for when I got home. The problem… Continue reading How to Remove a Splinter
We are never more like Jesus than when we are under the weight of suffering.
You can hear all kinds of sounds in the forest. My family and I were just in the mountains of Colorado, where the peaks are shrouded in blankets of Christmas trees. I recorded just a few of the sounds we heard: swaying pines, gently falling raindrops, rushing creek waters, scampering squirrels, burrowing chipmunks, mountain goats… Continue reading The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth