Priorities: Don’t be Influenced by Fear of Others


In the last post, I wrote about my priorities, and how I've purposely chosen not to be too busy. As a stay-at-home wife, I am often asked what I do with my time. Just being asked the question can make me feel defensive - which is not the fault of the person asking – it is due to my fear of man.  My days are very full with homemaking, ministry, and working on personal goals that my husband and I have discussed and prayed over.  Why am I so hesitant to be confident in the path God has so clearly shown me? Sometimes throughout our marriage, I've felt the need to justify what I actually ... [ Read More ]

Priorities: My List


What are your priorities? Before getting married, I read Creative Counterpart by Linda Dillow. (Which, if you're looking for a good book on marriage, I'd definitely recommend it!) Linda Dillow shared her list of priorities: 1. Lord 2. Husband 3. Children 4. Home 5. Yourself 6. Outside the Home Of course, she goes into a lot more detail in the book, which is why I'd encourage you to buy it. :) However, I think her priority list is great, and I've adopted it as my own. Why is it that even though "Outside the Home" is the last priority on the list, it seems like ... [ Read More ]

This Week’s Cooking Success Story


As you know, one of my goals for this year was to try making several new recipes. Earlier this week I spent some time scouring Pinterest to find some recipes to try. I picked out three new recipes for this week - here's the scoop about each of them! 1. Honey Baked Sesame Chicken Early in our marriage, I tried making a few Chinese dishes. One was a slow cooker orange chicken recipe that looked delicious. Unfortunately, it turned out to be one of the worst new recipes I've ever tried. I've also tried a few stir fry recipes that weren't horrible, but definitely weren't amazing, either. Also, ... [ Read More ]

Why Warm Climates are Superior


Background As most of you all know, I grew up in the Sonoran desert of Arizona. While I'm used to the warm hot weather, it's not like I particularly enjoy a 115 degree day. However, after spending last winter in Northern Virginia, and this winter in Maryland, I would like to attest that while the hot weather in Phoenix isn't wonderful, it is much better than a cold climate. You don't know how many people I've heard say "I could never live in Phoenix! It's just soooo hot there." But no one seems to say the reverse: "Maryland is so cold. I could just never handle it!" I'd like to argue that ... [ Read More ]

Bringing Home Baby – Part 2


Bringing Home the NICU I’m thrilled to be continuing the “Bringing Home Baby” series today! If you missed our little introduction, be sure to check it out here! I want to mention a few pertinent thoughts before we dive into this great adventure together. First of all, just like the birth and development of even full-term babies, all preemies are unique. Their NICU experience, medical treatment, and care plans depend heavily on the time frame of their birth and subsequent individual progress. My account of preemie care cannot speak for the preemie family at large, for everyone’s experience ... [ Read More ]

Bringing Home Baby


The doctor perched and adjusted his reading glasses, as he began to study the many pages of Jackson’s file. Four other various staff members and nurses stood by him, waiting to record his report. I stood nervously beside my tiny baby in his open crib. Each day of doctor’s rounds always proved to be helpful, but that didn’t stop me from holding my breath and mentally preparing for the delivery of difficult news. The doctor began reading through Jackson’s patient information, like always, and was sure to highlight Jackson’s most recent progress with steady heart rates, breathing, feedings, ... [ Read More ]