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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Pinot and Cheez-its

The soccer game was added late to the schedule. When I saw it, my heart sank… Thursday, March 29, 6:00 pm. Maundy Thursday. A service is held on the Thursday before Easter to remember the Last Supper; when Jesus, servant to all, intimately washed the feet of his disciples. This service is an important part of honoring Easter, acknowledging the humble, servant attitude of Christ. Through Holy Week – from Palm Sunday, to Maundy Thursday, then Good Friday – this tradition helps me experience more sincerely the Joy of Easter Sunday! Continue reading


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Whose will be done?

The kids take turns leading our meal-time prayers. On occasion (as we sit with hands folded over a plate of hot food), this will evolve into an argument over who gets to say the prayer. This argument is followed by a sharp look from mom or dad, then a verbal reprimand, then perhaps tears, concluded with the firm reminder that this is not how we talk to God!!! Continue reading


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A Lesson from Mister Rogers

Today began with yet another cold, dreary morning. By this point in March (with basketball brackets to monitor and green beverages to consume) you begin to expect nice weather: sunshine, blue skies, warm temps. But no – we must wait a little longer and endure another cool, cloudy day!

It was hard to get out of bed, and a struggle to get motivated. We had a couple hours before church started. I should have worked on homework, or I should have started writing this blog. I should have started some laundry. But I didn’t! Instead, I grabbed a cup of coffee, curled up on the couch with my daughter, and we watched an entire hour of Mister Rogers Neighborhood! Continue reading


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When Appearance gets in the way: Looking past the Unibrow

My son has been working through a social dilemma at school. Some friends have been teasing another boy in the class – a kind boy, but one who is overweight and a little socially awkward. My son has struggled – he feels pressure to say something and get a laugh from his friends, but is aware of the hurt it would cause this boy. 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