Family God Moments

Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday


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Stories from Camp

Well, it has happened again! I’ve hit another busy season at work and chose to recruit help with my weekly post. This time I don’t feel so guilty about it…. (Though I did only ask one day in advance. That was a little unfair!) I recruited my husband to write. He worked with our 9-year-old son, and this is what they came up with. I am so thankful for my husband’s time and his passion for ministry, and thrilled for my son to have the opportunity to share his experience. Enjoy!!


Recently my wife and I had the opportunity to be chairpersons for a gala event for our nearby Lutheran church camp. What a daunting and exciting experience for us! Continue reading

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Freedom from Inevitable Failure

I wrote last week about my family’s impromptu Maundy Thursday around our kitchen table (Pinot and Cheez-its). Needless to say, that family experience created quite a few “God Moments” to reflect on. Continue reading


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Being “Church”

Last Sunday morning, my son and I raced to the car after soccer practice and flew out of the parking lot, hoping we would hit the stop lights just right and actually make the 11:00 church service on time. (We didn’t…) As I drove, he worked on peeling off his stinky shin guards and changing into something presentable for church – as much as he could constrained by a seat belt that is. Continue reading


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Impossible Schedules: Who is in Control?

I went to the dentist this week. I’m a grinder – not just the ‘grind at night’ type, but the all day, every day grinder. It’s a method of coping with stress and anxiety that is apparently causing significant harm to my teeth! The dentist bugged me for years to get a mouth guard, and I finally decided to go for it. I took time out from my busy day to have an impression made. (I’m grinding my teeth right now just thinking about it…) Continue reading


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Questions of Faith: Would you rather…

As the kids get older, it has become easier to pass the time during car rides, while standing in lines, or when waiting for the school bus. In the past few months, we have played a lot of “Would you rather…” The more we play, the better questions we get. Sure, my 5-year-old will still ask something like “Would you rather eat pizza or mashed potatoes?” But my 9-year-old? He’s posed some deep, thought-provoking questions lately; questions which demand reflection and honesty.

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Love: Finding the REAL Fortune

My 5-year-old is one of those kids who will struggle to get up and ready on school mornings, but be wide awake, dressed and ready to start her day by 6:00 am on Saturday! There are Saturday mornings when I lie there half asleep, yet can somehow sense her presence standing next to the bed. I’ll blink open one eye, and there she is – staring at me. This is infuriating when I’m desperate for a few more minutes of sleep! But usually, I’ll pull her under the covers with me and cherish the warm cuddles from this little girl who is growing up way too fast! Continue reading


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Sometimes a Reminder is all we need

My 9-year-old made a New Year’s Resolution: he would write in a journal every day. We sat together on his bed a couple of nights ago, and he showed me what he had written so far; little stories about his day, a note about a math test, frustration over a playground argument. I’m not sure where this sudden urge to write came from, but he seemed pleased with himself and eager to share. Continue reading