Family God Moments

Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday


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A simple weekend away

I LOVE fall camping trips… cool, crisp mornings, the crunch of leaves underfoot, the smell of campfire thick in the air.

Unfortunately, with soccer games, church commitments, and the overwhelmingly busy fall schedule, we have not made time for a September camping trip in years. But this year, we decided to make it work. We needed to make it work! Continue reading

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Saying good-bye to the Lizard

Nearly one whole year ago, our son came home with a permission slip to bring home an anole – a cute little green lizard. We reluctantly signed and Guacamole the Anole was adopted into our home.

We bought a cage, greenery and special bark for an amphibian habitat. Each week we went back to the pet store for live crickets, which reside in their own separate cage. To be honest, we did not expect the lizard to make it through the cold Nebraska winter. Slowly, we learned that the 7 lizards in the homes of other 3rd graders died. Then, our Guacamole was the only lizard left.

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Rules: A love, hate relationship

I like rules. Rules tell me if I have met expectations, conformed with societal norms. My kids like rules – usually. Rules provide structure, keep them safe, help those little developing brains with messy decisions… “I want to make this unsafe choice on the playground. My friends will think it is cool. But my mom and dad would say no.

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A Beloved Failure

Through my own journey of faith, I have been told over and over again that I am beloved. I was created, and I am adored, much loved, cherished, treasured, prized, highly regarded, admired, esteemed by the Creator. I know this is truth – for me and for all creation.

I came across this declaration in my notes from a bible study years ago: Continue reading


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A Break from my Break!

I’m in the middle of my own personal “sabbatical,” taking a much needed break from the pressure to write with a self-imposed deadline. Yet an event has occurred which I just had to share…

This “blog” idea was planted by a friend nearly five years ago. I am not technologically savvy… So, without my husband’s encouragement and technical support, I would not have taken the easy steps to start a Word Press site. Yet here we are, with four years worth of weekly posts behind me, when this exact same friend suggests I put my posts into a book. “Great idea!” I said to her. But I knew – I would never exert the time and energy required to figure out how to create a book! I casually mention it to my husband, and then forget about it. Continue reading


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Keeping it Simple

We sometimes work really hard to create joyous moments. We buy fancy toys, watch the latest entertainment, and take expensive trips. Sure, these are fun – but aren’t these moments far greater when we spend them with the people with love? I was in Boston once for a work conference. I saw these impressive historical sites, ate delicious seafood, and took a walking tour of the Freedom Trail. It was a really enjoyable visit! But the pleasure was muted because I was alone. Continue reading


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Clinging to a Common Ground

What a divisive world we live in. Is it getting worse? Or has it always been this way and I just notice it more now?? We fight about everything – and now we have computers to hide behind. We get into soul-sucking arguments with people we will never meet face to face! Continue reading