My Favorite Baby & Toddler Music CD Picks

Favorite Baby Music CD Picks

Music is very important in this family, as both my husband and I come from very musical families. We want Olivia to develop a love for it as much as we do. In little ones it can help to teach them to embrace quiet times and teaches focus. Sometimes music is just the ticket to […] Read more…

There is Magic in Every Sunset, and this Breath could be Your Last

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Ever have one of those epiphanies where you realize the moment you are currently in is so incredibly special, and that you will never have a moment quite like it again? Some days we are so caught up in the hum and drum of life that we forget how unique and amazing each gift-of-a-moment truly is. This breath you are breathing could be your last… and that makes it beautiful.

This is how sunrises and sunsets make me feel. I think God specifically designed them (in part) with the human soul in mind, knowing we would need some kind of a breathtakingly gorgeous natural display of His glory to snap us out of the numbed-dull state we so easily fall into, as the weight of our responsibilities and worries seem about to crush us. But it is all an illusion. In fact, life is a vivid, exciting, awe-inspiring experience, given to us to reflect a Holy Being our souls are just dying to know more. Read more…

Let the evening come, and the day’s burdens go

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“Lord, we let evening come & let go of the weariness, of the edginess,
let evening come & let go of the weight of things done & not done, said & not said, held tight & not held tight enough.

We let evening come & let the day’s burdens go
and linger with its blessings… the grace of Your caress in forgiven things.”
#HonestPrayers #1000Gifts — with Urmilla Dias.
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Children… the extraordinary thing about them

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This makes me cry. I totally feel this!

“Sometimes when you pick up your child you can feel the map of your own bones beneath your hands or smell the scent of your skin in the nape of his neck. This is the most extraordinary thing about motherhood — finding a piece of yourself separate and apart that all the same you could not live without.”

~ Jodi Picoult, Via Thrive Moms
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When Tragedy Strikes… Dealing with the Questions

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Struggling with heartache as I watched dear friends dealing with the loss of their loved ones this week. 2 tragedies among friends in 48 hours. Untimely deaths… Accidents… Spouses, Children, & Dear Friends left behind. This book has been such a blessing and a comfort to me, and an precious reminder of the fantastically good nature of God and his heart for us.

We ask tough questions, so did Ann after her own heartbreak:

“Can there be a good God? A God who graces with good gifts when a crib lies empty through long nights and bugs burrow through coffins? Where is God, really? How can He be good when babies die, and marriages implode, and dreams blow away, dust in the wind? Where is grace bestowed when cancer gnaws and loneliness aches and nameless places in us soundlessly die, break off without reason, erode away. Where hides this joy of the Lord, this God who fills the earth with good things, and how do I fully live when life is full of hurt? How do I wake up to joy and grace and beauty and all that is the fullest life when I must stay numb to losses and crushed dreams and all that empties me out?”

– Excerpt from Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts

I am loving exploring the answers to those tough questions along with her the past few weeks… and in light of the events of the past few days — just the reminder my heart needed. Praying for the loved ones working through their loss this week. Thank You, God that you have their precious hearts in your hand. Read more…

Do We Bring God Glory When We Debate Controversies?

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Fellow blogger, Chelsea Dent at Momma Dent Gets Personal just wrote a great post: “Debating Controversial Topics: Does it Bring God Glory?” She brings a much needed balanced perspective on all the hot button issues surfacing on social media. I have been guilty of this myself, and I am trying to balance out defending the truth with honoring God’s instructions for how we are to get along as fellow believers. Finding that balance between love and truth is easier said than done, but it is important that we let God continue to work on our hearts and show us how to live this out and honor him. Read more…

Happy Independence Day : What today means to a Political Refugee now US Citizen

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I am so grateful to be able to live in this country and call myself a citizen. After coming here from Romania in 1990 as political refugees from the Communist Dictatoriship in power at the time, our family has a special understanding of what freedom means to us. My parents gave up everything to bring us here, and give us a better life.

After living someplace where your life was at risk if you were a Christian, and where we were denied many other freedoms we take forgranted sometimes now… I am very passionately protective of our liberties here in the US. Read more…

Pushing back the Battle Line

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May we increase our confidence in what we can accomplish in this spiritual battle through Christ. May we be diligent in pushing back the battle line farther and farther each day – breaking the enemy’s hold, regardless of the sacrifice and surrender needed on our part.

He goes before. We march behind. In Christ we can do all things. Read more…

I am just the Messenger, not the Load-Bearer : A Post about Letting Go

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So lately I have been thinking… how many times do I care so deeply about outcomes with other people that I obsess over their decisions and become “naggy?” Or I keep things inside and become horribly depressed. I worry that if I am not involved and continually “remind” others of the truth, they will continue to struggle — and it will be all my fault. Or if someone is in pain, I believe it is up to me to “fix” them. Can you relate?

I am an emotional, intense, and compassionate person. God made me this way intentionally. I often pray for my loved ones, but sometimes the worry keeps me up at night. This burden that I carry, this heavy load… sometimes becomes too heavy, and I feel overwhelmed. I am learning that this is not the way God intended me to live.

I can care for others, empathize, intercede for them when God places them on my heart. But the burden for them was not meant for me to carry continually. Read more…

#SheSharesTruth ~ Spiritual Mothers

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Some of these women in particular really invested in me, inspired me, spoke into my life (You know who you are). These “mother” figures gave a SIGNIFICANT amount of their time, invited me into their homes, and encouraged me as a wife, woman, and future mom (I became pregnant with my daughter during my time there). They taught me recipes, inspired me with their home-making, crafting, sewing, thriftiness, the way they raised their kids, loved their husbands, served the church, volunteered in the community, and treasured their quality time with their loved ones. Read more…

Babies don’t keep…

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“Cleaning and scrubbing can wait for tomorrow,
for babies grow up, we’ve learned to our sorrow.

So quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep,

I’m rocking my baby, and babies don’t keep.”

~ Ruth Hulbert Hamilton
Lets make more time for our little ones… and forgot the to-do lists once in a while — just play on the floor with our kids. They need our undivided attention, even if its just for short periods throughout the day, so today, allow your brain to drop the other demands on your attention for awhile. It can always pick them up again later.  Read more…

Just Do It!

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At some point we have to say no to the whirlwind. Put a pause on the dizzying spiral of negative thoughts, and just step out in faith and DO SOMETHING. Whether it is making that phone call, writing that letter, rocking that new mom’s screaming baby so she can rest, holding the hand of that cancer patient. There is work that needs to be done, and someone has to do it. Read more…

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