Family God Moments

Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday


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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


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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.

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Some Things Never Change

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Christmas – 2017

As I prepared for Christmas this year, I focused on keeping it simple and keeping it consistent. So, we’ll end up at the same house, same people, same schedule, practically the same menu and maybe even the same clothes. We’ll likely sit in the same spots as we gather around the same decorated tree to exchange gifts. I love that my kids have this simple tradition; each year, they are able to anticipate a warm and pleasant Christmas, celebrating with the people who love them the most! Continue reading


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We can’t control the weather

My daughter made this graham cracker “gingerbread” church last week. It was a work of art! She beamed with pride when people at church asked about her creation. She was eager to show her project to her grandparents. We carefully took it home and displayed it in the center of the dining room table.

As I set it down, I was confident it was outside the reach of the dogs. However, on the following morning I heard my husband gasp loudly, followed by a scolding of our two dogs (now cowering in a corner); and I realized that I had, sadly, been mistaken. The dogs could, in fact, reach the graham cracker church, and did desire to eat the hard, dried-out frosting and gumdrops! The structure was gone, with not a crumb remaining; just a sad, empty paper plate! Continue reading


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Being a Sheep

When I walk towards the elevator at the end of a long work day, my eyes are usually glued to my phone. This is partly to take my mind off whatever unfinished business I’m leaving behind, but also to get an update on what I missed in my real life. On one particularly stressful day, I found this message from my 5-year-old’s teacher:

[Your daughter] had a great day! She went above and beyond today and I really appreciate it!” Continue reading