It seems like just yesterday we were blessed with the little 8 lb. 11 oz. baby girl we call Alex.  I blinked my eyes and she somehow has reached her senior year of high school and is on the verge of turning 18.  Where did time go?  How did I waste so many days?  I wish like anything I could turn back time and read just one more book to her, tuck her in bed and hear those sweet good-night prayers.  I wish I had said "yes" to every game of Disney "Scene-It".  How could this time get here so fast?  

I feel this quote sums up my mothering -

"This parenting gig's an experiment in radical grace and the work of every parent is to fully give to the child.  

And it's the work of every child to fully forgive the parents."   - Ann Voskamp

Cross Pens

I recently was given the opportunity to review a Cross Pen for BzzAgent. BzzAgent sent the Cross Pen to me and I've been using it for approximately one month.  I was impressed with the packaging of the pen.  It came in a nice box with information on the Cross brand.  My pen has a lovely green shell and the black ink flows out very smoothly from the rollerball tip.  I have been most impressed with this pen.  Everything about Cross Pens shouts "professional" to me.  I would highly recommend a Cross Pen as a gift for graduates, work colleagues, or anyone you feel deserves a nice gift.

Becoming Radical

In January our church started studying the book Radical by David Platt. It was obvious from the beginning that God had a message for me. The book has not been an easy read as I find myself reading and re-reading chapters, not just because my mind wanders so easily, but because of the depth of the message. As a Christian, Jesus' Great Commission should be etched in my heart and soul: "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Jesus also said, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me." Radical describes how we rationalize Jesus' commands, how we are "giving in to the dangerous temptation to take the Jesus of the Bible and twist him into a version of Jesus we are more comfortable with." I have done nothing to deserve forgiveness or blessing upon blessing from God. Thankfully by His grace He continues to pour the blessings on. Isn't that just like Him, full of grace? I am coming to realize God does not freely give me these blessings. He's blessed me to enable me to share Him with others. Yes, my children, my family, my Christian friends need to see Jesus in me. But I am also told, commissioned rather, to share Him with the "least of these". If that means I have to leave my husband, my girls, my family, my friends, my comfortable life, am I willing to do it?

I have a responsibility as a child of God. And God has a plan for taking the gospel to the world.

Seeking Him,

I Love You All the World

I can't believe our baby will be 14 years old tomorrow! Since she will be worshiping her King at Disciple Now this weekend, we are going to celebrate her birthday as a family tonight at Sal & Mookies.

Kaela, do you know how special you are? Your dad and I love you "all the world"! (that was what you would tell us when you were little-er) You have been a blessing to us since the day you entered our lives!