Happy New Year everyone!  Can you believe it’s 2017?!  I’m dragging my feet a little as I do with every new year.  It’s change after all, I’m not overly fond of change.  And it’s January, which equates to total and complete utter darkness in our home by the mountains in Alaska (okay, so we get 2 hours of direct sunlight …

Several years ago my Dad came back from visiting his family in Wisconsin. With him, he brought home some treasures from his family and past.  My siblings and I always love digging through the artifacts representing family and memories that were always at a distance from our Alaskan home.  On this particular occasion my dad brought a carefully preserved Harry and David’s …

I wasn’t planning on posting this week. Between life with a 3 month old, and overcoming multiple birthdays, and a dark Alaska that is tricky to photograph anything, I thought I had nothing to share.  But I as I sat alone nursing my baby in the mom’s room at church on Sunday, I had an opportunity to journal thoughts that I …

(A modern day paraphrase of Jeremiah 29) Dear children, living in uncertain times, this is what the Father God, the One who created the universe and put the world into motion, the one who wove you together in your mother’s whom has to say to you. I know the world looks like a trifling mess. There are uprisings and terror …

Our first year of marriage, like so many newly weds we were poor. I mean really poor, like we only could claim $8,000 worth of income on our first year’s taxes. Obviously, we experienced God’s supernatural provision day after day. And as stressful as it was at times, it also was foundational in our first years to know beyond a …

Something happened the moment Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden of Eden. There was a longing to return to perfection, the place of perfect union with the Creator God, a place where there was no pain, no toil, just rest, peace, and perfection. Once one had tasted and seen, how could they long for anything less? We …

On the eve of Mother’s Day three years ago, my gift came, bundled up in the hearts of three darling little boys. My husband had been out of state for an entire week at some business meetings on the East Coast, and then attending my brother’s law school graduation.  I was tired, pregnant with our fourth son, and the stress on my …

I should have clearly seen the set up. I get home from a warm vacation in the middle of an Alaskan winter itching for spring. It ruins me to the point of buying a few new pieces of greenery and a bouquet of fresh flowers, if spring won’t come yet, I will make it come. I’m ready for change, for …

When We Start to Really See Hello again.  Before I go on with today’s Inspirational/Faith post, I just wanted to give a heads up that our family is going on vacation for the next couple of weeks!  To say I am VERY excited to get out of the vast dark arctic island where we are shaken awake by 7.1 earthquakes would …

Living in Alaska, we are accustomed to cold, dark winters. We have also been gifted with one of the most astounding views, even by local standards. But the view comes with a cost. For a about two months each winter we get a little over three hours of direct sunlight each day. The sun dances behind the majestic mountain, peaks rays …

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