Comings & Goings & Everything in Between

Oh my goodness life has been busy over the last few weeks!

Matt was home for quarter break and ended up staying about 4 days longer than planned due to the horrible flooding in North Louisiana.  LA Tech was closed for a couple days and even if he had tried to get back, portions of the interstate were also closed.  Although we were thankful for the extra time we got to spend with Matt, our hearts were saddened by the damages and losses experienced by so many back home.

In the midst of getting ready for our trip to Savannah and St. Simon’s Island, I ended up with a nasty cold virus that went on for about two and half weeks.  Unfortunately, I passed it on to Matt, Daniel, and Brian. Daniel, as usual, seemed to have it the worst (although, he was over his quicker than I was.)

Matt left and a few days later Brian’s parents arrived.  They were gracious enough to drive all the way up here to stay with Daniel and Sarah while we were in Georgia.  It was such a blessing knowing they were there to take care of the kiddos while we were gone, especially since Daniel was home sick for a few days.

Brian and I had never been to Savannah and enjoyed our brief time walking around the city and along the river.



We then spent the rest of the week on St. Simon’s Island.  It’s a beautiful place to visit and we had a wonderful time seeing old friends and meeting new ones.


Matt came home for Easter, which was a wonderful blessing!  It’s a long trek to make with only 4 days free, but he really wanted to be here and we loved another chance to have him with us. We had a lovely church service Sunday morning and then gathered with two other families and some of our seminary students for Easter Dinner that evening.  It was truly a blessing to celebrate our risen Lord with so many friends and family!


And last week we received a great surprise.  Sarah is going to be able to have 3 more weeks of horseback riding lessons!  These are supposed to be more individualized lessons, so it seems she will be able to spend more time riding. She starts back this Wednesday and is so excited!

Well, I’ll have to wait and share more pictures and stories with you later, because keeping in line with the crazy way our life is going right now I’m trying to get ready for another trip.  I leave Thursday for a homeschool convention (we have decided to start homeschooling Sarah next year).  I’m really looking forward to learning more about homeschooling and curriculum, as well as gleaning insights from veteran homeschoolers.  I also get to spend the long weekend with my friend Heather and her two girls. Party time!  🙂  As if that wasn’t enough to look forward to, Friday night we get to enjoy a concert by the Willis Clan! I just love their Celtic style music, and the two little ones are so adorable!

And all of that is just our life for March.  There is more excitement to be had in April…if I can just make it!

Living thru faith,



The Tomb is Still Empty

This week is Holy Week.

This week we remember Jesus’ walk to the cross.

This week we remember the pain and the suffering.

This week we remember the love and the sacrifice made for us on Good Friday.


But after Friday comes Sunday…

Sunday we will celebrate Easter!

Sunday we will celebrate that Jesus rose from the dead!

Sunday we will celebrate that we no longer have to be separated from our Father!

Sunday we will celebrate that the tomb is still empty!

But, oh there is more good news!

We do not have to wait till Sunday to celebrate.

Because we know the One who paid the debt we could never pay, we can celebrate every day!

Let us always remember the sacrifice that was made for us and celebrate the joy that comes with knowing that the tomb is still empty!

Living thru faith,


Our own Jonathan on The Voice

Life has been crazy since the calendar switched over to March.  I spent a week sick from some nasty cold virus right before Brian and I left for an evangelism conference.  Somehow we made it onto the plane and ended up having a wonderful week in St. Simon’s Island, Georgia.

I’ll share about our trip later in the week, but today I wanted to make sure you knew what you needed to do tonight.

Watch Jonathan on The Voice! 🙂

Many of you already know that one of the contestants is a friend of Daniel’s from school.  Jonathan Hutcherson is a great kid with an amazing story.  I was blessed to met his mom and his brother Eli a few years ago.  Oh my gosh, that boy is adorable!  Traci and her husband have done a great job raising four boys and are in the process of adopting a little girl.  You can read about Jonathan’s hearing loss story and keep updated on his journey on Traci’s blog

We don’t know when his battle round will be, but grab a bowl of popcorn, snuggle in and enjoy all those awesome performances!  I know I will be!

Living thru faith,



Happy Birthday, Dad

Today my dad would have been 68 years old.

He passed away on December 9 from pancreatic cancer.

Today I remember his smile, his laugh, and his love.




As much as he loved his children, he adored his grandchildren! Doug 4edited

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Unfortunately, in January we also had to say goodbye to his brother Charles.


Heaven is filled with a little more laughter now that these two are together again.




Happy Birthday, Dad.  I love you.


Living thru faith,