Entries by Renee

He’s here

Approximately 45 days of waiting and praying for this orphan boy to enter our lives. Giving birth to a child gives way to an immediate love.  Love is there in an instant.  The moment they enter your lives. It seems odd to say we love a child we don’t really even know yet.  One we […]

Tomorrow is the day

This Christmas God has led our family to host an orphan from Latvia for 4 weeks.  You can read more here and here. For 4 weeks we will have an 11-year-old orphan boy living with us, seeing what family life looks like, receiving love and nurturing, hearing the gospel, and receiving hope for a better […]

Love You Forever

Life is changing.  Quickly.  I always knew it would. These boys.  They don’t stay little long. Quiet bedtime routines are rare in a house of 3 boys.  Bedtime used to be such a sweet, soothing time.  It is no longer.  They are older, bigger, rougher.  But their hearts are still little, soft, and gentle. I […]

A Father’s Christmas Blessing

Years ago my sister introduced me to their friends, the Ropers.  Kathryn was one of the first people who shared her knowledge of all things health and opened my eyes to a world that was foreign to me at the time.  Through the years I have learned much from this family through stories my sister […]

The Gift of the Gift

Keeping materialism at a minimum during Christmas requires intentionality. Less focus on the gifts, more focus on the true meaning requires work. The first step when trying to make Christmas less about the gifts is to examine what type of gifts are being given.  In the past we bought gifts based simply on what a person would like.  Or […]

All I want for Christmas

Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year.  I love everything about it….the music, the smells, the traditions, the memories, the foods, the meaning, everything.  I stretch Christmas as far as I can.  I’m not one to wait until after Thanksgiving to get into the spirit, and not because I’m rushing past Thanksgiving, but […]

When I Grow Up, I Want To Be Just Like My Kids

I wonder how many times I’ve heard my boys say, “When I grow up, I want to be…”  The answers change as they age and interests change.  I’ve always engaged in the fun speculation of what their lives may look like one day. Listening to my 2 older boys discussing life plans, it hit me. […]