Family God Moments

Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday

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Signs of Hope found in Despair

All of a sudden, fall is gone and winter has arrived. The mornings are bitter cold, the sun elusive, and there are only brown leaves and empty branches in place of the beautiful autumn colored foliage. We are at the beginning, with months and months ahead filled with brown, cold darkness! Continue reading


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Looking beyond our own desires

My kids and I went to the store one night this week in search of a birthday present for my mom. We discussed on the short drive there what we might purchase – What does Mana like? What is her favorite color? I was at first met with blank stares; then my 3-year-old daughter suggested either a big scooter or pillows. I can say with certainty that her grandmother would NOT want a scooter and I have no clue what she meant by “pillows!” But I had a suspicion that both items reflected her own desires more than what she believed her grandma would want!
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Parenting a strong-willed child

My daughter turned 3 years-old this week; Monday to be exact. We asked her what she wanted for her birthday party, and her response was “pink.” I did not know what that meant, but we went with it – pink cake, pink decorations, pink clothes, pink presents. Funny story – this little diva wakes up on the day of her party and declares she will wear purple. No, my dear girl. If you have convinced both of your grandfathers to wear pink, YOU will wear pink!!

Lea - birthday girl

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Living in the now, yet open to God’s call

Today is my 35th birthday. I have to say that out loud to believe it is actually true. One half of a lifetime ago, when I graduated from high school, 35 seemed so far away. What kind of person would I be? What would my life be like? Continue reading


Thank you, God, for making me a parent!

It is 10:00 pm right now on a Sunday night, and I’m at work – attempting to finish a big project which has to be done tomorrow. (Of course I’m also taking a little time to throw together this quick post.) I should have spent the entire day at the office trying to get this stuff done. But today is my son’s 6th birthday. Continue reading