#OurBigHouseReno BEFORE & AFTER

We always said we weren’t the fixer upper type, but here we are. It’s been a fun project and we’re excited to share some of the results! Although we’re still working on a number of projects, we’re getting much closer. KITCHEN:    We’re still working on the kitchen backsplash… so stay tuned for the final…

Fresh Starts

“Passion is the heart set free to pursue that which is truly worthy. Those who set their hearts on what is most worthy – the Glory of God – live with joy-filled abandon. Their hearts are both seized and satisfied with the ambition for Jesus to be ardently worshipped. That love comes to dominate and…

Holidays 2017

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” – Calvin Coolidge So many fond memories from the last few weeks. We hosted so many family and friends between Christmas and New Year’s…

Catching Up…

THIS IS MY CATCH UP POST! Random Moments, Far too much left out… November and December have been packed full of travel amidst the holidays. Here’s just a brief recap of the last two months (excluding Christmas, which I’ll get to.) Trauma Training In Haiti with LSM:  This was a powerful week for us. So…

The Dells

We had a wonderful (and COLD) trip to the Wisconsin Dells last week. Since the guys couldn’t get out of some work commitments, it ended up being a girl’s trip for the majority of the week! This was fun in it’s own right (even if I did have to sneak away periodically for my own…

Settling In

With the onset of fall, we have officially moved, sold our house and are 5 weeks into Perspectives. And we slowly feel ourselves relaxing into this new space – thankful beyond thankful for how God continues to provide in every season. And speaking of the onset of fall, we had a full weekend enjoying it…

Just Surviving Over Here

We’re been in survival mode for a while. It’s not a perfect solution but we’re making it. Man, it’s easy to fall into this isn’t it? Commitments, jobs and a host of amazing summer activities collide… and leave us a bit exhausted. BUT, in the midst of that, I’m trying to take time to smell…

Zoo Days

We love our spunky sweet little nieces! A trip to the zoo this weekend was a great way to spend a summer day with all of them at the same time. They sure do make life richer. Taking these moments is one of the great privileges of daily life. Sometimes I just need to keep…

A Week Away

Sometimes we need these moments to get away, however briefly, and enjoy moments with our tribe. While it was short (at least for Nick) we certainly made the most of these moments with family (and the warm sunny beaches!) Step by Step,

Giving Our Everything

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used EVERYTHING you gave me.’ Life’s been nuts lately. #ourbighousereno has been a bit consuming, and sometimes it feels like after the 10th gallon of paint…

Comfort, Security & A Refugee Crisis

“Comfort and Security (both National and Personal) have become the new Prosperity Gospel. It takes risk to enter into relationship and to learn to ‘Love Thy Neighbor.’” – The Justice Conference Speaker 2017 Does that not send chills down your spine? Christian Church… have we wrapped ourselves in such a perfectly safe little world that…

Pause

“In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15 We’ve been neck deep in popcorn ceilings, old wallpaper, wrapping up one job and leaning towards another, planning events and welcoming some precious missionaries home. It’s been… busy. So it was good to stop in the middle of the crazy and just rest a few…