The Family You Choose

I’ve heard it said that friends are the family you choose. When we moved to Wichita Falls, I left the family of friends my parents had built in their almost twenty years in San Antonio. It was difficult to leave people we loved but knowing they were only six hours away softened the blow, as did going back several times over the last four years.

At our new home we built a new family. We made a network of wonderful friends, people who invited us to be part of their lives and welcomed us as if they’d known us forever. Then we started having children.  Continue reading The Family You Choose

Simple Joys

There are some really great things about being a mom but I often have to remind myself to slow down and enjoy them.

Today, I had a lunch date planned with several of my friends and we dropped off the kids for childcare at church. It rained yesterday almost all day and left puddles in the parking lot. Because we are in such a severe drought situation, this was a special occasion for my son who, in his two short years, has not had much experience with puddles. Of course his first instinct was to splash in them but I told him no and hurried inside to drop him off so I wouldn’t be late.  Continue reading Simple Joys

Eight Simple Tips for a Cleaner Home

I read an article yesterday entitled “8 Ways to Keep Your Home Cleaner Longer.” It had some decent, albeit obvious, ideas:

  • Wash and put away dishes immediately.
  • De-clutter as you notice it instead of waiting until later.
  • Only buy things you really need, etc.

Unfortunately, these ideas just don’t always work. For example, wash and put the dishes away as soon as you can is a great idea until you have a two-year-old who either wants to bounce on his infant sister or “help” you with the stabby and breakable things in the dishwasher.  Continue reading Eight Simple Tips for a Cleaner Home

Thalia’s Baby Dedication

In our denomination we do not christen or baptize our children. We believe that Baptism is an act that should come after a decision to follow Christ and since infants are not capable of making that decision, we instead dedicate them to God in the same way Hannah did Samuel (it’s in the Bible. Look it up.) When you dedicate your child to God, you are dedicating not only the child to God, but yourselves as parents to raising them in a way that honors God.

Our senior pastor invited us on the platform with Thalia and introduced her to the congregation.


She was so well behaved. All smiles as we walked up and she was content in Pastor’s arms. He then spoke about us, about family, and about how we had become part of the family of our church and they had become ours. I started crying. I am more than ready to leave Wichita Falls. I am so excited about seeing Turkey, about living in a new country, experiencing a new culture, and having this wonderful adventure with our family. But I am NOT excited about leaving behind the people of our church. They really have become our family over the past four years. They’ve walked with us through several difficult times, stood with us in prayers, and encouraged us in myriad ways.
So of course I started crying.

When Pastor was done speaking, he prayed over us. And I started crying all over again because some of our friends came and stood with us, something extended family usually does at a baby dedication.


Then he hugged us. I know we don’t leave for a few more months, but the closer we get, the harder it is to think about leaving these people who, for four years, have made us their own.


After service I was planning on taking a family picture. We had some great ones from Justus’ baby dedication and I thought it would be nice to have something similar but updated. Of course, with small children, things rarely go as planned.


We tried to take off Justus’ backpack for the picture. He burst into tears and refused to look at the camera. That is, until Aunt Lauryn pulled out her phone. But by this time, Thalia was done.


The finished product.
I think we nailed it.

So I’ve Been Away

Okay,  I haven’t actually been away. Well I have, but not this whole time. Life happened.  A few updates:

  • We found out we were pregnant
  • We got orders to Alaska
  • I had an emergency appendectomy
  • Our orders to Alaska were cancelled due to our son’s health issues
  • We had a little girl
  • We got new orders to Turkey

That, in a nutshell, sums up the last year or so. Our daughter was born April 29th and she’s wonderful. (Of course she is. She’s my daughter.)
Also, we think we might actually get approved to go to Turkey. 
Fingers Crossed!

Oh also, the business side of things are pretty much nonexistent, so for now it’s on hiatus. The blog is just going to be a place for me to keep people updated on our goings on as we prepare to move overseas.
Happy Trails!