• faith,  inspiration

    stolen thoughts {guest post from Amber}

    Any thought not centered on Christ is stolen from Him. St. John of the Cross There’s this old story in the Bible – it follows a really well-known, pizzazz kind of story, so this one, it’s easy to miss.  You’ve probably heard about the Israelites – God’s people – finally getting ready to enter the Promised Land, and the first city they’re going up against is Jericho.  God tells me them to completely destroy everything – every single thing – in the city, except things made out of silver, gold, bronze or iron.  Those were to be consecrated for the Lord’s treasury. Turns out, they didn’t even have to fight…

  • faith,  inspiration

    the hope of glory {guest post from amber}

    …Christ in you, the hope of glory… Our wedding rehearsal was on December 21, 2003.  It was the worst wedding rehearsal I’ve ever been to.  Stev and I were married in Haiti.  The day before, the pastor of the church told us we had to move the time of the rehearsal from 5 to 4 in the afternoon.  It poured rain.  Most of the wedding party couldn’t get there (because of the water in the roads), including the ushers and Stev’s parents.  The electricity in the church didn’t work.  It started and hour and a half late. I sobbed at my own wedding rehearsal.  The thought swirling in my head…

  • inspiration

    when it doesn’t fit

    I recently went to a homeschool conference, since we’ve decided to educate our children at home.  I was really looking forward to it and excited about it, and a friend of mine who has been before told me, “You’re going to feel overwhelmed with all the advice, materials, helps and everything.  So be prepared!” She was right.  There are as many different kinds of homeschool curriculum as types of flowers, I think.  There were workshops for people new to the idea, for veterans, for teaching high school math, for teaching older kids when you have toddlers…  And I left there feeling like I was already doing everything wrong, and we…

  • family,  home,  motherhood

    top 10 things I wish I’d known about toddlers {amber}

    Every time I get to a new stage with my kids, I feel like there are 1,067 things I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN. I mean, how did I get to be this old, have read this many books, have done this much schooling, taught this many children, and I somehow failed to get all these tips/tricks/information I absolutely NEED to know? Because that’s really the astonishing thing here. So, my oldest is all of 3 right now, and then I have a 2 year old and a 1 year old. We’re swimming in toddlers over here. And here are the top 10 things it would have been so much easier if…

  • family,  home,  inspiration,  motherhood

    top 10 things I wish I knew about newborns {amber}

    as with the Top 10 things I Wish I’d Known About Being Pregnant, there are a million things i can’t believe i didn’t know about newborns and the first three months of baby-life. i have friends who, when they were expecting, read every book, magazine, blog and Bible verse they could get their swollen little hands on, to be prepared for the advent of their little one.  did i?  oh, no.  heavens, no.  “women centuries ago didn’t have Babywise or Babywhisperer books and they got along just fine.  i mean, mary, the mother of Jesus didn’t get a subscription to Parenting magazine; susannah wesley didn’t need those What to Expect…