Our daughter Hadassah just turned 2. In the months leading up to her birthday, we've often been asked about "the terrible 2's." Are you ready for it? Has it started yet? Oh, just wait, it's going to be awful. You think she's difficult now, but you have no idea!Read More
If you grew up in a Christian home, like I did, you can almost definitely be sure that there will be a prayer before every meal. We did it three times a day, every day! I honestly cannot remember a day that we did not pray before we ate. But in recent years, as we studied what God asks of us, we found this command: To thank the Lord AFTER we eat. Wait, what?Read More
Have you ever gone to another country and weren't able to speak the language? Maybe just Spanish class in high school? How frustrating was it that you weren't able to explain your thoughts and desires? ...Especially when it came time to go to the bathroom!?! Yeah, it's hard. That's why Jonathan and I decided that we wanted to teach Hadassah sign language.Read More
I understand we're a little behind on this movie. I think it's about to come to DVD this week. We finally had an opportunity to go out on a date night and see this little tale!
If you haven't seen it yet, the basic plot line is that each emotion a person has - joy, sadness, anger, disgust, and fear - are personified in a character in the person's head. They each take turns controlling the emotions of this little girl as she's growing up....Read More
I know that #FamilyFriday is supposed to be all about teaching our children as we walk, eat, lay down - basically at every opportunity. But what happens when our children have taught us something? I learn the lesson, and one day I may have the opportunity to remind her of what she taught me.Read More
I met Karen on my first trip to Israel 6 years ago (I can't believe it's been that long!). Our fearless leader, Chris Katulka, for the first 2 and half weeks kept telling us about how amazing his wife of 8 months was. He would tell us she was hilarious, super sweet, and had the best heart. Our little group was nervous about meeting her because either Chris was right and this woman is really intimidating, or Chris is still in the honeymoon phase and she's no where near as awesome as he thinks. Well, when she finally arrived in Israel and it turned out Chris was wrong, very wrong. Karen was so much more amazing than he described!
Karen has the best sense of humor (I mean seriously, talk show host funny), her heart is so full of love for the Lord and for his creation, and is ready to jump in and serve wherever there is a need. Today, six years later, they have beautiful family - their daughter Olive and twin sons Cohen and Preston. I can't believe what Karen is able to accomplish in a day. For our very first guest on the blog, she couldn't have been more perfect. Once you're done reading through our interview, go check out her blog. She is truly one of the most transparent and honest people I know. Hit her up with some questions of your own in the comments!Read More
Have you ever had those times when God, over the course of time, continues to throw you little reminders of a big lesson over, and over, and over again? Instead of using a megaphone to scream to us what we need to learn, He instead graciously drops little hints all around us.Read More
Before I dive into the actual review, you need to understand that I come to sequels with a VERY high expectation of being wowed! I don't come to the movie thinking that it's just a continuation of the first movie. I come to it as if the creators are saying, "The first one was great, but we're not done blowing your freaking mind."Read More
As most of you know, we are in the middle of moving. Yay! Count down is at 11 days! We've known that we were going to have to move for a little over a month ago now. Between looking for a new place, running two businesses, and chasing after our very active (and now walking, and - oh, look, now she's running!) 13 month old, we began to pack. And now we're down to the bare minimums. And guess what? I can't even begin to tell you how ahmazing it is!Read More
Sometimes being in the moment is really hard, especially when there's something amazing coming your way, or when what you're going through really sucks. It can even be a little difficult if it's Thursday and you just can't wait for it to simply be Friday.Read More
We all know that caterpillars are harmless. But how do we know? Through experience, or by someone else telling us that they won't hurt us. As I stood there witnessing this moment between father and daughter, I couldn't help but think about my own relationship with the heavenly Father.Read More
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.....Read More
April showers bring May flowers... along with a whole lot of grumpiness. Seriously, I don't know what it is about the rain that just ruins a day. I mean, I get it. Your hair looks like Monica Geller in Barbados, you can't wear that reeeeeeally cute outfit, business slows down, you can't go to the park, and you're not able to go on that 5 mile jog you planned (like that was really going to happen)....Read More
I am so very excited to introduce this series that is about to take place on our blog every Friday. Why do we do what we do? Because we're passionate about family! Family should be more than just the people you share a house with, or the next leaf on the branch at Ancestry.com, or the weird uncle who visits for two weeks every year and feels way too comfortable in his tighty-whities. Family should be a driving force, an inseparable team, like the Avengers - family should thrive. We personally believe wholeheartedly that, in order for that to happen, God has to be at the center of it. And we want to help you thrive as a family!Read More