Before I got married I thought that you had to give 10% of your income to your local parish, no questions asked. It wasn’t until Anthony and I started talking more about tithing that I realized that your tithe doesn’t actually have to go completely to the parish. Don’t get me […]

thoughts on Tithing.


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At this point in my life I’ve birthed two babies without any pain medicine whatsoever. It hurt and there’s a reason it is called labor, but in the last few weeks I’ve experienced an even more profound physical pain: kidney stones. I had one in college during finals week but […]

searing Pain.


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Here’s what our ‘summer’ has looked like so far (also known as All The Reasons I Haven’t Blogged In Two Months): Pack up our {crummy} apartment in Boise. Drive to Denver from Boise. 13 hours in two days with two little kids and cars filled with…stuff. Spend two weeks in […]

summer Insanity.



Every so often when I’m really struggling as a parent, I wonder how God must view me. Do I ever act toward God the Father the way my kids act toward me? Most definitely. Recently Monkey had a particularly rough day. If she was upstairs, she’d cry about wanting to be […]

praying like my toddler Behaves.


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My Daddy’s birthday is tomorrow and my way with words comes from him, so for his birthday, I’m writing him this blog post (oh, and he gets a gift from Monkey, too, but that comes later!). 🙂 I’ve spent a lot of time this year reflecting on fatherhood. I can’t […]

my daddy and the Father.


By time this blog publishes, we’ll have less than two weeks left before we leave Boise. When we moved up here we knew no one outside our team, and we had only spent a few weeks with them six weeks before we arrived in Boise. But now, well, now we […]

friends who have become Family.



The Triduum is here. But wait, where did Lent go? Wasn’t it just Ash Wednesday, like, yesterday? As we begin these holy days – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and then EASTER! – I don’t have a huge insight on the struggle we are entering into. Instead, I’ve got […]

these holy Days.


Packing, packing, sorting, and more packing. Realistically, we’ll be moving a few more times within the next few years. While moving a family isn’t my favorite thing in the world, there are a few perks to moving so frequently. In no particular order… Spring cleaning is an annual thing. I […]

perks of moving Again.


At what seems like long last, we have begun packing. I say ‘at long last’ because the very day, probably the very hour we moved into our current home, I made Anthony promise me that we wouldn’t live here next year, even if we stayed in Boise. The first few […]

life in a little House.



As we begin to pack up and wrap up our first year as missionaries, I’ve found that a lot of folks have a lot of the same questions, so I figured I’d write up a blog answering the most frequently asked questions about life as FOCUS missionaries, and as a […]

frequently asked missionary life questions…and Answers.


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“Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”” – Matthew 19:14 Monkey’s faith and joy are incredible. Almost daily she can be found belting out “ALLELULAAAA” at the top of her lungs somewhere in the […]

childlike Faith.


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As you may or may not know, I’m a mom. I’m a mom all day, every day. While I am, at least technically, a part-time missionary, I am still a full-time mom, one who spends the majority of her days at home with two kids. On the off chance that […]

the need for Him.