What do you want?

  When I was in elementary school, I wanted to be older and looked up to. When I was in middle school, I wanted to be liked, to be popular. And if God chose to give me straight hair, that would have been awesome. When I was in high school, I wanted a boyfriend. And still would’ve loved straight hair. When I was in college, I wanted to know what to major in…and I wanted a boyfriend. When I got a boyfriend, I wanted to get engaged. When I got engaged, I wanted to hurry up and get married. When I got married, I wanted a house. When I got a house, I wanted a baby. When I got three babies, I wanted peace and quiet and maybe some sleep. When I got settled into our new normal as a family of five, I wanted a new house. You know, to better accommodate us all (insert eye roll here). When the big new house came and the real estate job Josh had was slowing down, I wanted out from the big house payment and back to our old house. When we got the old house back, I was content for a little while. Thankful for the gracious hand of the Lord that guided us and protected us from financial ruin. I can remember not wanting to work outside the home, but now that I have been home for over 13 […]

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Family Photos

We haven’t had a family photo professionally taken in a couple of years. I decided to schedule them for October 28th at 4:30.  Little did I know that this would be in the middle of a football game–University of Georgia vs Florida.  Evidently, this was a big deal to Mack.  I sent this text to Josh: I mean, not that […]

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Reading

I don’t read one-on-one with the girls every week, but I always love when I do.  Something about reading a book together is just so perfect.  Mack and I read together almost every day.  And we are all reading a biography on Paul Brand at lunch time.  I read our History out loud about four times a week.  I read […]

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Groaning

Sometimes living in this world can leave you feeling like this: I read encouraging truth this morning and found comfort in knowing I am not alone in my groaning here on earth. I read Romans 8. Creation groans. I groan. The Spirit groans. “For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will also be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.” Creation groans under the brokenness of earth. Every spring we see it trying to becoming new. Blooms. Green leaves. Life. Yet, every autumn, creation ushers in the beginnings of winter. Death. Disintegration. Creation will one day be made new, delivered from the consequences of sin. Until then, we will have thorns and earthquakes.  Hurricanes and tornadoes. Fires and floods. Lord, as the seasons change, help me be reminded that one day this earth will be set free and made new and cry GLORY to Your great name! “And not only this, but also we ourselves groan, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. For in hope […]

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Plugging Along

Dorminy Academy of Higher Learning (ha!) is plugging along. I think we are in week 7 of school, and I am enjoying our days.  It is not a strict schedule, but more of a loose routine. Got to stay flexible!! My favorite part of this year so far is our morning time. I get up before the kids and enjoy coffee and time in God’s Word, leaning in to Him for help and guidance.  Then, I start waking up the kiddos so that we can all be at the breakfast table some time between 8:30 and 9:00.  They like plenty of time to wake up and make their beds, brush their teeth and get ready for the day.  We start with Bible (using 30 Days to Understanding the Bible…though we are taking more than 30 days!). Today, after reading about Paul’s epistles and trying to memorize the main theme of each book, we went into the living room to watch a video from the Bible Project on Philippians.  Love those videos! After that, we played a game to review what we had learned at the breakfast table.  Then, we watched CNN 10. Ten minutes of news with some discussion.  After news, we jumped into History where we read excerpts from Christopher Columbus’ daily diary as he explored and eventually landed on San Salvador.  We then watched a video on how Columbus treated the Indians he found on the island–quite disturbing. […]

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