A day or two ago, I mentioned that I might be re-vamping this site. Well, the indecisive part of me, still hasn’t decided! πŸ™‚ In the meantime, check out www.MoreTimeWithOurKids.blogspot.com. Sometimes I might blog the same thing on both sites; other days, the sites might have something different. Make sure to check out BOTH! πŸ™‚

Someday I might come a little closer to getting this whole blogging thing figured out. πŸ˜‰


Reality. There are moments when it hits you like a ton of bricks. A few months ago, I had one of those moments in the realm of parenting. Over the past two years, I thought I was a pretty good mom. I of course understood that I had much to learn and that over the coming years there would be many trials. But I thought I was doing an alright job—up until the last few months that is.

You see, up until this point, I haven’t had to do much in the way of discipline. We have been blessed with an amazingly sweet and extremely cute (not that we’re biased or anything!) little girl. These days, however, I find myself wondering who replaced that joyful, cuddly little sweetheart with the little stinker who likes to tell Mommy, “NO!” and who occasionally (dare I admit it?!) tries to hit Mommy. Now don’t get me wrong, that sweet, cute, cuddly little rascal isn’t a terror, but, like all kids, she has her moments. And, to be honest, for all of the books I’ve read, people with whom I’ve talked, and experience I’ve had teaching and babysitting, I often find myself wrestling with various methods of discipline….how will it affect each child and what will the effect of that type of discipline with that particular child be? Is it the right, the best, the most effective means of training and teaching?

The questions, and they’re heavy ones, run through my mind and my heart–sometimes to the point where it’s overwhelming and I wonder if my children will ever “turn out right” … without having to carry the crushing burden of my mistakes. It’s in those moments (and in fact, every moment I am a mom), that I have to let go. All I can do is lay those worries, those fears, those dreams I have for my children at the foot of the cross, trusting that the God of the Universe and the Lover of my soul, cares far more for my children than I do (though quite impossible for me to comprehend). And HE has a plan for their future. A plan to prosper them and not to harm them, to give them hope and a future (Jer. 29:11). Even when I fail (though no excuse to not try), in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him (Ro. 8:28).

Just a few nights ago, I cried out to the Lord and surrendered my own inadequacies and uncertainties. What encouragement He brought to my heart through the words of a mommy blogger I like to read! Here’s the link to those words. “Proclaiming Our Purpose in Parenting” by Megan at SortaCrunchy. What release!

I hope you’ll visit her site and be encouraged as I was.

Check out my article “The Craving Crisis: How to curb those cravings!”

What are your tips and tricks?

Oh, I had the best of intentions to keep up to date on this blog. I guess they remained that … the best of intentions. I’ve been toying with the idea of “re-creating” this blog–which I might still do at some point. The name might change–even though we are still living in a jungle, just a very different one from the “real jungle!” The focus might change. The domain might change. Who knows what else might change. But for now, that’s too much to think about, and my mind is overloaded.

soooo, this blog will stay the same for now. Though the posts that are forthcoming might seem completely random and unrelated, I’m hoping I will at least get back into the swing of writing (fingers crossed)!

Here’s to turning “the best of intentions” into action…I hope! πŸ™‚

This has now been on our fridge for days…and we’ve been ready for weeks! We’re still waiting, but know that God already knows our little guy’s birthday!! We can’t wait to introduce him to you!

I knew it had been a while since I last wrote, but I guess I didn’t realize quite how long it had been until today. Over two months…almost three! It’s hard to believe that we have now been home almost as long as we were in the jungle. We miss it. We miss it a lot. Don’t get me wrong…there are so many things that we LOVE about being home in the States, but what many people don’t understand is that there are so many things that we LOVE about home in the jungle. Maybe my posts never conveyed that. I’ve had quite a few people tell me that they couldn’t believe how honest I was in my posts or that I was “allowed” to say what I said. … almost as if I shouldn’t have been writing what I was or sharing how I did.

That discouraged me.

Isn’t life about being real? We spend so much energy wearing masks and sugar coating things. But how can we grow and learn from each other and really share the journey if we’re not real?

I’ve had other people that read of my struggles and inferred that I hated our time in the jungle. I am so, so sorry if that is what came across. There areΒ so many things I loved about being in the jungle.Β The idea that I hated our time in the jungle couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, there were many trying situations, and it certainly was an adjustment, but I believe with all of my heart that God had us there for a reason. I would never trade all that He taught us and the ways He grew us and our time there for anything in the world!

Though many might not agree with how I shared, and though that disapproval does discourage me, I don’t–and wouldn’t–take back what I wrote. Writing for me is a way of processing. It’s a way of making sense of what God is doing and teaching me. It’s a way of finding myself and being “real,” especially when it might be hard to be that real in person. And it’s a way of recording the little (and BIG) details of my Abba’s incredible faithfulness.

So I write…and I try not to hold back…because I want you to know that life is hard and struggles are present, but our God is good! And that makes it all worth it. Though the struggle may be overwhelming at times and the circumstances dark, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He is there with me. He has allowed it for a reason, and He is using it for my good. For ‘if there was a better, easier, or faster way to teach me what He is trying to teach me, He would do that’ (paraphrase from Chip Ingram’s podcast God as He Longs for You to See Him)!

So I write…and I will continue to write.

Stay tuned for updates about the past 2.5 months … and the coming addition! Baby #2 is due soon…very, very soon! πŸ™‚

Thank you all for praying! We ARE home here in the States. After a LONG and eventful three days of travel, we arrived home, about a week ago now, and have been going non-stop ever since! I apologize for not writing more sooner, but with doctor appointments, family visits, Thanksgiving preparations, and out-of-town family staying with us, the past week has truly been a whirlwind!

Once things settle down just a bit I will update you all more thoroughly. Thank you all so much for praying for us! Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we transition back into Stateside living!