{31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 9~My Life is My Offering

We are in the middle of a conference at our church. This means longer hours at the church and lots of introductions and get-to-know you conversations. Brad is all in. He shows up early. He uses the meal breaks between sessions to meet with people. He stays late. He stands and talks to conference-attendees until … Continue reading {31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 9~My Life is My Offering

{31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 8~Imperfection is Worth the Help

I love perfectly folded bath towels.When we were first married, I read a tutorial by Martha Stewart on how to fold towels perfectly. I really enjoy folding them and stacking them neatly and placing them on our guest bed in preparation for guests.I also really enjoy my organized pantry. And the smell of lemon-scented dusting … Continue reading {31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 8~Imperfection is Worth the Help

{31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 6~God is the Ultimate Family Planner ~ Part 2: Timing is Everything

This is a continuation of last week's post. Read here for Part 1.¬†When Emma was about 7 months old, I started having the feeling that someone was missing. Brad and I knew we wanted a fairly large family, so "we" decided it was time for another baby. I was pregnant with Paige 2 months later.Paige … Continue reading {31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 6~God is the Ultimate Family Planner ~ Part 2: Timing is Everything

{31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 5~God is the Ultimate Family Planner ~ Part 1: Pain Can Bring Hope and Peace

The Lord has entrusted us with 5 beautiful children. See, that's us right there at the top of the page. At first glance, it looks like we had 5 pregnancies, 5 deliveries, 5 miracles given back to back. They do look like "stair steps" when they're lined up, although the oldest seems to tower over … Continue reading {31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 5~God is the Ultimate Family Planner ~ Part 1: Pain Can Bring Hope and Peace

{31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 4~The Work is About the People

Mondays are my catch-up days. Well, I should say Mondays are *supposed* to be my catch up days. But my catch up day often seeps into Tuesday and then I try again on Wednesday. By Thursday I'm already headed for the weekend, so I'm usually rushing to get things somewhat in order before I rush … Continue reading {31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 4~The Work is About the People

{31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 3~Nobody’s Above the Fall

We all have them. People we look up to. People we think are "more spiritual" than us. She's written a book so she must have a perfect relationship with God. He's such a great speaker so he must know everything there is to know about the Bible. He's such a good pastor so he would … Continue reading {31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 3~Nobody’s Above the Fall

{31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 2~It Goes Beyond Skinny

I've never been super skinny. It's never REALLY bothered me, though. Not enough to do anything about it. In high school, I was average. I had a cute little teenagery body that I did little to maintain. I didn't pay much attention to how I ate and I wasn't involved in many sports. The physical … Continue reading {31 Lessons Learned the Hard Way} :: Lesson 2~It Goes Beyond Skinny