Family God Moments

Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday


Leave a comment

Out with the Old

Meet the newest – and smallest – member of our household: Guacamole the Anole!

The anole was a 3rd grade science project for my son early in the school year. One day he brings home a permission slip, and asks us to sign. The anole project was complete, and the 8 anoles currently residing in the 3rd grade classrooms needed a new home. If we sign this little slip of paper, our son could be entered into a drawing and have the chance to take home his very own lizard! My gut reaction was ‘NO!’ But my son’s patient pleas and soul-devouring deep brown eyes finally convinced us to sign the paper. It was okay – but I was still banking on slim odds that his name would actually get drawn.

As it turns out, I am a pushover. Only 8 kids actually got their permissions slips signed – and we ended up with a lizard.

Continue reading

Advertisements


Leave a comment

Serving Together

It’s a Monday night. There’s a group of sophomore boys from a local Catholic high school, a well-dressed young man with a Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints badge prominently displayed, two international students from a local college, a couple of Lutherans (my son and myself) and some men, residents of the homeless shelter where we were serving the evening meal. Continue reading


Leave a comment

A Message of Forgiveness

This past Wednesday, my 9-year-old and I quickly walked up the stairs at church. Late as usual, we were rushing between faith formation hour and worship. I could hear the music begin to play, when my son stopped me. He looked at me with those dark brown eyes, and I knew he was fighting back tears. He began to tell me about what had happened with another child in his class.

Here is how it went down, as I scribed for my son later that night… Continue reading


Leave a comment

To be truly alive

I know the deep contentment which comes with awareness of God’s presence. I also know what it is like to feel separated and unsettled, stepping forward blindly without fully trusting that God is taking care of me. Unfortunately, my trust in God’s guidance seems to ebb and flow – never ending ups and downs. Based on conversations recently, I don’t think I’m alone in this. Continue reading


1 Comment

Searching for something sweet this Christmas season

Christmas is fast approaching – and with it comes food. Oh, not just regular food, but the buttery, sugary, absolutely delicious, melt-in-your-mouth, can’t stop eating it food! Overeating is almost expected this time of the year – tis the season to add a few pounds, right?! Continue reading


Leave a comment

Reacting to conflict – the power of touch!

As my son molds into the person he was created to be, I am increasingly amazed by his intelligence, his compassion, his faith. As each day passes, I know him more deeply and experience more joy from his presence in my life! More than this, I’m starting to recognize that my son is a far better human than I am!

When I am angry with someone or sad, or afraid that someone is mad at me, I avoid. On the empathy scale, I’m a zero – maybe a one on a good day. Why do I do this? Why do I avoid conflict? My son – at only 7-years-old – handles things differently. Continue reading