Family God Moments

Our Family’s Journey to Find God in the Everyday


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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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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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Questions of Faith: Would you rather…

As the kids get older, it has become easier to pass the time during car rides, while standing in lines, or when waiting for the school bus. In the past few months, we have played a lot of “Would you rather…” The more we play, the better questions we get. Sure, my 5-year-old will still ask something like “Would you rather eat pizza or mashed potatoes?” But my 9-year-old? He’s posed some deep, thought-provoking questions lately; questions which demand reflection and honesty.

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Guest writer! What if Happiness isn’t the goal?!

I am blessed with amazing friends and family who love and support me – even though I am often stubborn and too independent! One dear friend stepped it up this week. She is a very busy mom struggling to balance life, yet took the time to deliver lunch to me on Friday. I enjoyed a spread of goodies from Panera, and got a tight hug in the middle of a chaotic day! To top it off, this friend agreed to be a guest writer for my weekly blog! I am thankful for one less thing on the “to do” list today, and am very excited to share her words. Her message is raw and sincere and inspiring… Enjoy!! 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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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