Family God Moments

Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday


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Asking the Easy Questions

One week ago, Sunday morning… It was cold and dreary outside. I woke up extremely stressed about the things I hoped to complete that day. (So much for that day of rest.) The to do list continued to swim in my head; an impossible puzzle of tasks in a short span of time. My logical self couldn’t make sense of it! Continue reading

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Picking Fights

My kids are reasonably well-behaved when out in public. We get the occasional comment from a friend or stranger kindly acknowledging how polite they are. When this happens, I must make sure they know the truth… Do not be fooled! This is an illusion!

Yes, they’re pretty dang good, but they are NOT perfect. They bicker and fight just like all normal kids. They push each other’s buttons in an attempt to drive each other insane. They say something to the other solely to start a fight. The sibling responds, voices escalate, yelling begins, mom or dad get involved. This whole cycle brings nothing but negativity and distress to our family!

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Seeking Our Place

My little family just ended a week together, complete with air travel, lines at local attractions, and hotel room stays. Everything went perfectly – I wouldn’t change a thing! But when you spend this much time with your kids, bickering is inevitable! They had silly arguments about who gets to hold the suitcase, who gets to push the elevator button, who gets the window seat on the plane. I watch this with frustration – I’m sure all parents can relate! But I also watch these petty interactions with confusion. Why argue about such ridiculous little things with this person who loves you, who has your back, who is a core part of your closest community? Is it SO important to push an elevator button that you must sacrifice a peaceful family relationship! Why make it so difficult?! Continue reading


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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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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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Guest Writer (Part 2) – I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy

Hello all!! As Brooke’s husband, for the past several years, I have had the opportunity to provide input, suggestions, and thoughts for this blog, however, this is the first time I get to actually write for Family God Moments! If you are regular readers, I feel you know a lot about our little family already, and who we all are. I’m excited to be able to share some insights of my own with you. Continue reading


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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