Family God Moments

Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday


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Power in our Words

My summer “sabbatical” is over and it is time to start writing again. I’ve faced this with some trepidation. I’ve let my brain become sluggish this summer; I no longer trust that I might actually have words or insight people would care to read. This certainly makes it tricky to write a blog…  Continue reading

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A Permanent Display

Months ago I wrote about a little Hebrew word with a big meaning. Hesed (or chesed): God’s steadfast loving-kindness. (See Seeking Constant from Inside the Vortex.)

I wrote that I hoped to make this ancient word a tattoo. Well, on one miraculously free Saturday back in early March, my husband suggested that we head to the tattoo place. Sure, I said. They don’t give actual tattoos to walk-ins at this busy, reputable shop. I’ll go in, make the appointment, and leave myself with some time to be certain the placement is right – and more importantly that the Hebrew translation is right. Continue reading


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Always Learning

There are many things people do not warn you about when you become a new parent. I have already blocked from my memory the many things I did not know from that precious yet terrifying baby stage… At this older stage, it is the impossible questions which have given me pause. It is not even the fact that they are asked, but the unpredictable timing! Continue reading


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A simple weekend away

I LOVE fall camping trips… cool, crisp mornings, the crunch of leaves underfoot, the smell of campfire thick in the air.

Unfortunately, with soccer games, church commitments, and the overwhelmingly busy fall schedule, we have not made time for a September camping trip in years. But this year, we decided to make it work. We needed to make it work! Continue reading


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A Beloved Failure

Through my own journey of faith, I have been told over and over again that I am beloved. I was created, and I am adored, much loved, cherished, treasured, prized, highly regarded, admired, esteemed by the Creator. I know this is truth – for me and for all creation.

I came across this declaration in my notes from a bible study years ago: Continue reading


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Keeping it Simple

We sometimes work really hard to create joyous moments. We buy fancy toys, watch the latest entertainment, and take expensive trips. Sure, these are fun – but aren’t these moments far greater when we spend them with the people with love? I was in Boston once for a work conference. I saw these impressive historical sites, ate delicious seafood, and took a walking tour of the Freedom Trail. It was a really enjoyable visit! But the pleasure was muted because I was alone. Continue reading