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Lessons in Hope: Meeting Mercy

This week I’m continuing the Lessons in Hope series: What I learned in Kenya. I should forewarn you that I know I’m going to cry as I type out the post. So you can go ahead and grab a tissue now if you’d like. The Lord had very specific plans for the AWANA International global mission […]

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Don’t Tell Me Just to Keep Going

Last week a couple of my friends got together for a rare girl’s night chat. We had such a great time catching up with one another and although each of us was tired when we arrived, we were all so glad that we made the time in this busy season of life. Our discussion led to […]

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Bible Reading Challenge Check-In

Hey there Friends! Monday is here and I can hardly believe how quickly the week has flown by. Though it was dragging by at times because my hubby was out of town the entire week for work training. I was so busy with the kiddos that I forgot a few things; one of which was […]

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Teaching Children to Pray

Teaching children to pray is a topic I’ve not approached on the blog, because frankly I’m still trying to figure it out. Any time I write from a parenting view, I must preface it with “Work In Progress.” But I love to share the ideas I’ve found that work for an area of teaching children, […]

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Experiencing True Hospitality

This week in the Lessons in Hope series, I couldn’t wait to share the lesson I learned from the Kenyan people while travelling with the AWANA global team a few weeks back! From the moment that the team arrived in Kenya, I noticed the graciousness of our host, the AWANA local missionary, Benard. Benard has […]

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Following God’s Will when I don’t understand it

One of the most difficult concepts I’ve encountered in my walk with the Lord is following God’s Will when I don’t understand it. Logically speaking, shouldn’t life make sense? I mean, our brains are wired with a system of checks and balances. We are physically created with lefts and rights. Symmetry makes the world go round […]

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Bible Reading Challenge Check-In

  Hey Friends! Monday is here and so is the Bible Reading Challenge check-in! After being so excited to have caught up on the reading, I got a day behind this week. My time was filled with party preparations for the annual Ohio MPS family gathering that my husband and I host each year and I […]

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20 Things to Say to Encourage A Sibling

Ahhh, there’s nothing like the sweet life of summer. Quiet afternoons, sipping lemonade with my feet propped up… Not exactly. But one can dream a bit, right? Seriously though, I am enjoying summer and it’s flying by. I love summer so much that I’m digging my feet into the ground in effort to make it slow down […]

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Lessons in Hope: Embracing Creativity

When I returned from my recent mission trip with AWANA International, my heart was overflowing with all the lessons in hope that God taught me while I was in Kenya. Kenya is a beautiful country, both in people and land.  Last week I shared how blessed I felt to see the joy on the faces of […]

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Helping Adopted Children Understand They Are Loved (and book giveaway!)

Some of you may remember that my sister-in-law and brother-in-law adopted a little guy from China back in the winter. As extended family, my husband, myself and our family began loving on Toby as soon as we met him. Through our smiles and hugs, he could feel the love of his parents and siblings, as […]

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Bible Reading Challenge Check-In

Hey there! Monday is here and it’s time for the Bible Reading Challenge check-in. How is your reading coming along? This summer has been a busy one for our family and if your schedule has been anything like ours, any reading has been a bit of a challenge. We have tried to make the most […]

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Lessons in Hope Part 1: Proclaiming Joy

Have you ever thought you knew the purpose of an experience, only to discover that God had so much more in store for you than you dreamed? After 30 hours and 5 airports, last week the AWANA International Mission team arrived in Nairobi to spend the week learning about how God is using AWANA to bring […]

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Back from Kenya and the Bible Reading Challenge Check-In

Hey there! It’s Monday and time for our weekly Bible Reading Challenge Check-in and guess what? I’m back from Kenya!! Did you think I disappeared? Praise the Lord for his wonderful work through AWANA International! I’m so blessed to have seen how God’s Word is changing lives in miraculous ways in Kenya. I’m looking forward […]

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A Little Trip to Africa

Right now I’m sitting in the Chicago airport, about to embark on a trip I dreamed was far in the future- a trip to Kenya!  I’m so thrilled to be a part of the AWANA International team and I can’t wait to meet up with the entire team. Just wanted to tell all of you […]