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A couple of years ago, I wrote a post sharing our Halloween experience when Cade was in Kindergarten.  We were just talking about that day, and  he remembers every detail, especially the ‘why’ to the reason of what we did.   I love that Cassidy remembers as well.  With our Halloween school party  a day away, I wonder about this boy still.  I asked Cade if we should bring an extra costume, but Cade said this boy wouldn’t be interested because he is getting into trouble and ‘wearing his pants below his butt’. ...

I had 30 minutes between here and there… Time to fit “me time” in.   Walk.   I grab my cd player to listen while I tread the trail. But within minutes I turn it off. I need silence.   As I follow the path through the gap in the woods I listen.   The animals scurrying under the brush Jolting my frazzled nerves The sun beckons to glare through the trees swaying in the wind, hitting my face just right. I feel its warmth. I stretch my neck tilting my head high enough to soak it in.   Light… Peace… His Presence.   As I travel...

I have been stuffing that old nasty rag in my mouth lately… Ya know the one? The one that is drenched in those toxic vapors that radiate all kinds of discouragement and defeat. It tastes awful. I hate when things don’t go my way. But life is a lot about things that simply don’t go our way. Dreams crushed. Finances strained. Relationships torn. Diseases diagnosed. Not getting that job. Kids failing school. Marriages falling apart. Infertility. Losing your child in a flash freak flood. Pick your poison. Life doesn’t go our way- often. So...

I wrote this post over two years ago, and I came across it and realized this principle is ongoing for us all.  I believe one of the greatest challenges and deepest joys comes from the fine art of gratitude… Even when you’re suffering. During the years that my daughter was sick, we learned together that gratitude is both a cherished and powerful part of living.  We still live in this truth today.  Read an old story, and take in fresh encouragement. 27 hours.  That’s how long my daughter had been whining and moaning about...

In our family, we set out on a mission to build character and instill faith in our children.  When the kids were little, it was all about keeping them fed and safe from harm.  We were immersed in changing diapers, and teaching them how to eat and speak and walk.  The functioning is at it’s peak during those critical years of development, as we bundle our little ones to protect them from the cold and rock them to sleep- the basic fundamentals are laid before us. But as the years roll along, our children need a different set of...

I shared this post over two years ago, and I have had this on my heart once again.  For those who don’t believe, may this open your heart to the wonder of an Almighty God and an army of Angels that live beyond our living. My daughter recently shared quite an extraordinary experience … “Mommy!  Guess what happened last night?  I saw three ANGELS!!!  I woke up last night and there they were…watching me!  One was tall and skinny and she was up on the curtains, another was on the other side of the curtains and she was smiling...

Hey friends!  While I am away in B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. Czech Republic, I am honored to welcome Kristi to my Devotional Diary Series of sharing faith.  I have always been curious about her religion, and I’m so glad she responded so positively to my request to share her faith right here at The Mom Cafe!  Lets all learn and embrace all that Kristi has to share about what she calls her joy, her comfort and her peace.  And remember,  if you have the desire to share about your own faith journey, please comment or email me or message...

“You have a very sick little girl here. When should I take her to the hospital?” We had landed in Texas for my sister’s wedding. After finding our hotel and settling into our room, we made the call to my Mother In Law to check in on my baby. Days leading up to this, I had been in that desperate state of decision. My precious daughter was sick, and I was leaving her to be in my sister’s wedding. This weekend was about my sister’s celebration. Her big day. It was about all of her family leaving their lives to be in hers. It’s...

Our world is entrenched in war, in mass killings and terror that spreads throughout the globe. I wake each day holding my breath as I listen to the headlines, afraid this may be the day that evil spreads to this great land I live in. I exhale an exhaustive relief that I am protected once again to carry out my life untouched by the excruciating and torturous acts that are carried out on the lives of millions far from my safe and comfortable home. There are countless innocent victims who have to endure such suffering of violence and hate,...

This is the season for letting go, as countless mothers are sending their beloved children off to school. Whether it’s kindergarten, grade school, middle school, high school or college… It’s never easy. I have endured and embraced this fine art of letting go… endured the anxious peeling off of my grip on control and embracing the independence of both my kids. It’s profoundly bittersweet, yes? On one hand, we watch them as they step forward into the unknown with all that they are and all they will become. On the...

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