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I read this book to my kids for the first time just the other night.  I laughed so hard I cried.   It could have just been that I was tired or the crazy day that I had,  but if you are in the mood this book might have the same impact on you and your kids.  The main characters are Gerald (and elephant) and Piggie (…a pig).  Mo Willems has a lot of fun with these two characters.  He has quite a few books, but my top two favorites...

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Strong Love


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This afternoon I had two out of three of my children napping and I decided I would take advantage of the silence no matter how long it lasted.  I grabbed my journal and my iTouch and sat on my favorite couch…my only couch.                   One of my favorite albums to listen to is Strong Love by John Thurlow.  Today I just listened to #6 Fountains over and over again.    ...

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My Girl


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Eliana Joy will turn two on Sunday, October 7th.  We plan to have the family over to celebrate her day.  It will have a Hawiian theme, only there wont be any pit with a pig in it.  But there will be lots of fun, laughter and good food.               When I first learned that I was to have a little girl, I was excited and a little nervous.  Both of these feelings I have found were legit. From the...

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Zion Reign


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I still have yet to finish my little blog series but had to interrupt it to blog about the precious new addition to our family.  I cannot rave enough about my wife. I saw her do the most incredible thing that I will ever experience with her in my life. This labor and delivery was so radically different than our other two children and I wasn’t pushed to the side by lots of nurses and doctors during the process and/or did not have...

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First off, no baby #3 yet but contractions have been pretty intense over the last day or so. Less sleep, here I come! There hasn’t been much time for the blogosphere these days due to constant transition, being somewhat homeless for 5 weeks, struggling to get health insurance so we can get into the doctor for the first time, realizing that our due date was a month off and we were due a month earlier (!!), and a plethora of other...

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Our family has been in transition for around 2 weeks now. Really we have been in constant transition for the last 9 months or longer but who’s keeping track? Seriously though, the last few weeks have been filled with sleeping in basements (thank you to those who made a place for us in this time), filling our truck with everything we own…again and being humbled once again in how we don’t have it all together. :) There...

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Grace and I have recently been reading the book If Jesus Were A Parent by Hal Perkins.  What a great book to refocus us as parents in the midst of all the transition that has happened over the last year.  In just 11 months we have moved around 5 times, went from filling half of a 25 foot UHaul truck to the brim with all our stuff (we shared the Uhaul with another family), to fitting it in the back of a pick-up truck. All the while...

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Since picking up our newest home in Minnesota several weeks ago, a 29 foot travel trailer, we have experienced little sunlight.  As we traveled across the northern states of the U.S. we encountered a blizzard in Montana, significant winds in Idaho, freezing rain and ice in eastern Oregon before finally arriving in our current location of Portland.  To say it mildly, it was quite a journey with many obstacles in getting to our...

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As far as the “WHY” behind what we are doing this year…?  Simple answer is obedience.  But let me preface a longer answer to that question. Before I do, if you haven’t checked out my blog post around the “WHAT” – UPDATE then I would encourage you to. It will make more sense of this post.  It has been several years now that we as a family began asking the Lord to reshape our hearts and lives to...

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