Today I share my birthday with Sydney, a 15 year old here in Detroit that we spend a lot of time with and really love (you should hear Luke following her around the house saying “Neenee, Neenee!”). I’m not always … Continue reading
Luke just turned 7 months old. I love being his mom. He’s a super easy baby, bright-eyed and observant, loves people and has a joyful spirit. I’ve taken at least 1,000 iphone photos and started at least 6 blog posts … Continue reading
Baby O is coming soon and thinking about it makes my arms ache to hold him or her. Luckily, we’ve been adoring another baby in our home while we’ve been waiting. In fact, we’re so smitten that the other night … Continue reading
If you read this post, then you know how excited Josh and I were to have the kids I’ve been mentoring be our flower girl and ring bearers. I stated in that post, “If nothing goes according to plan on … Continue reading
If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you know that the kids I’ve been mentoring from the Burton neighborhood in Grand Rapids have been a huge part of my life, and now our lives. The kids have gotten … Continue reading
There have been many catalysts for my move to Detroit. One of the biggest came in the form of pancakes for dinner. (Check out how the tradition started here). For the last 3.5 years, I’ve been blessed to invest in … Continue reading
This video, from Kensington Church, is an amazing visual of kids that are changing the world and parents that are supporting them. You’ll love hearing their stories. Do you remember in Luke 18 when Jesus says, “These children are the … Continue reading
There is something special about being the one that tucked babies into cribs and remembers what they were like before they could talk.
I spent last weekend in Chicago with the kids I used to nanny, and the youngest kept asking me: “Did I always laugh this way? Was I always able to roll my tongue like this?” What a gift to be so deeply rooted in who they are.
Reading quality literature like “Who Took My Hairy Toe?” was always a favorite pastime. Whenever I visit, we dig the old book out of the pile. And though they’ve heard the story a hundred times, they still cuddle up and pretend to be scared at all the right parts.
As these kids attempt to maneuver this crazy world, I’m happy to be the one to bring familiarity to the scene.
Interacting with children continues to teach me more about God’s awesome love for us. I love the tangible reminder that although December has thrown some curveballs, my roots go deep with the One that knows me best.
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
Dear children Remain in this precious moment Of sharing, learning, surrender to each other You’re practicing so much more Than piano
May your life get thrown upside down as you encounter kids that have no one else coming for them May you climb to the top, no matter how many tries it takesMay you become glowing observers of the success of … Continue reading