Family God Moments

Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday


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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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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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Stay True to Self and Change the Course

Why do we spend so much time worried about what others think of us? My poor 9-year-old struggles with this – he has since he was little. He doesn’t want to disappoint anyone, he wants to follow the rules, yet he wants to do what his friends do. It can be a real struggle, and he is only in 3rd grade! The kid has no clue what is store the next 10 years… 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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Following the Rules

My 5-year-old has a mind of her own. Don’t get me wrong… a free spirit is a wonderful quality to have! With the combination of intelligence, determination, compassion, and an innate ability to make people feel special, I am eager to see the powerful woman this little girl will become. However, at 5-years-old there are rules to follow! Continue reading


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Being “Church”

Last Sunday morning, my son and I raced to the car after soccer practice and flew out of the parking lot, hoping we would hit the stop lights just right and actually make the 11:00 church service on time. (We didn’t…) As I drove, he worked on peeling off his stinky shin guards and changing into something presentable for church – as much as he could constrained by a seat belt that is. Continue reading