Friday, May 1, 2015

i love simple family time.

acts of service

I LOVE seeing my kids develop their love languages...and for my older 2, acts of service is huge.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

he loves being a dad.

If it's late at night, and I'm not sure where my husband is, I can pretty much bet he is upstairs bothering the kids. He LOVES hanging out with them. I can't tell you how many times he has woken one of them up from a deep sleep because he wanted to show them something, or hear their opinion on something else. Being a dad is his calling... and he loves every minute of it.

I love watching how their brains work.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


I have a file on my computer where I save all the pictures I find of you.. pictures that pop up at very unexpected times. I found this one recently and it made me laugh. This particular night, you and Chris were relentless with each other. This was the moment he started teasing you about being "that mom." We laughed until we had tears running down our face, and we referred back to this moment many times. We were always so grateful for husbands that didn't let us baby our boys.... and if Andy wasn't around, you would always ask Chris, "am I being 'that mom?'"

I got to meet with someone today and just talk about you. It was very refreshing for me.. and I got to share some things that were important for me to speak out loud. I miss you so much. I miss the way we would laugh hysterically when something wasn't going the way we envisioned (which seemed to be frequent)... I miss the way you would pray for me in the hall with the most perfect words... I miss the times our hearts were united in compassion for those who seemed lost and overwhelmed... and I miss the way you would always encourage my soul. I could use a lot of that right about now.

This week has been particularly rough for me because there are so many new things going on in my heart... and you used to be only a phone call away. You always understood vision without having to hear much about it... finishing my sentences when it came to missional-living. I miss your kindred-spirit. I miss you.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Listen in a way that others love to speak to you.

I have such a fondness for coaches.
I learned so much from mine growing up.
I love watching these guys teach my son how to play hockey... how to maneuver around opponents... how to lift a stick, post up on defense and ice the puck. It's so important to us that our kids learn to listen to other find people in their life who have expertise in an area they want to grow in and seek their input. I hope they do that their entire life.

One of his coaches from last year told me the thing he loved about coaching Isaac the most is that he would listen intently when spoken to on the bench. I LOVE THAT. It made me so proud.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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