She comes across the funniest, most appropriate (or not so appropriate) memes I've ever seen...which makes her more fun to text with than talk to. She has great taste in Netflix. She hates coffee. I almost got kicked out of Cracker Barrel because of her. She's quiet...so she sees more. She appreciates sentiment and has … Continue reading Sobriety: a happy ending
It’s interesting to me to study the “journey” from conception to eternity. What happens to your body, mind, and spirit is slightly predictable and wildly unique. I think that’s pretty cool. Walking through some of those phases has been a lot different than studying it. The hard parts hurt more than you can expect. Sometimes … Continue reading Life Span: End of Life
April 5th, 2010 journal entry: "God, give me wisdom and discernment. I want to change things up at work, but not if it's not going to be YOU[r will]. Jenni Johnson." A few weeks before that, I had asked a stay at home mom to do the unthinkable: apply for a job. I knew she … Continue reading Paragraphs for my BFF
November 5th is a special day in our family. It's the date that Madelyn (our oldest) professed her faith in God for the first time. Since she was so young, it has been important to us to have conversations with her as she develops emotionally/mentally. We want her to think about her past, present, and … Continue reading Madelyn Grace,
"God, please keep my babies safe." I've whispered that prayer several hundred times. It just kinda comes out when I'm dropping my girls (7 and 9) off at school. It's not planned...it's probably not even exactly what I want, but it's what I ask. (that's a whole different story) I went all summer without even … Continue reading Back to school…
If I could change one thing about children's ministry, it would be church attendance. Kidmins may be the most un-churched people in the church. Four myths that make us think kidmins aren't allowed to sit down (in church): The nature of children's ministry is organized chaos. You don't get the luxury of an RSVP for … Continue reading Is your Kidmin Un-churched?
You know those pastors that just show up at your house with very little warning? That was Keith. It drove me crazy. I may or may not have given warnings to friends if he mentioned "stopping by" to chat. (They always appreciated the heads up.) I remember the first time it happened to me. We … Continue reading Keith Dust
Take a second to divide the things you do each week into one of two categories: Serious/Necessary vs. Fun/Leisure It's not hard to categorize. Humans have to get stuff done- homework, taxes, weekly reports, chores, etc. Should you find joy in it? Yes. #superchristian Do you find joy in it? Every once in a while...maybe? … Continue reading It’s Okay for Church to be Fun.
I should be a minimalist. After all, about once a week, I imagine how liberating it would feel to pack up 90% of all my kids' toys, and sling them out of the second floor window of my home. Clutter free carpet. Beds that have nothing underneath them. Kitchen islands that are only for preparing … Continue reading Materialistic, Messy Monsters
Imagine yourself in an interview for your dream job. Someone asks you this question: "What are you passionate about?" If you are like me, you were already a little nervous (ugh...interviews). Your heart rate picks up a bit more because your mind just stepped into panic mode. I mean, there are so many places to … Continue reading Dream Job