Are You Hot?

Are You Hot?

I had well intended plans to make a healthy version of a chicken enchilada casserole for dinner. The sauce was loaded with pureed vegetables that I was very excited to sneak in to the recipe in order to get more nutrients in to my boys. The new-to-me recipe wasn’t...

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Head Banging

Head Banging

The baby has recently started playing with some children’s music instruments. You know the small set of play instruments that all fit inside of a small drum? The set has some drumsticks, a castanet, tambourine, recorder, xylophone, triangle, etc. He is learning to...

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Invisible Growth

Invisible Growth

One of my big boys’ least favorite tasks is going through their clothes to see what fits them and what doesn’t. They find this task tedious and boring, but it is essential to do at least once a year. While they were doing this task with their Dad the other day, my...

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Nothing is Wasted

Nothing is Wasted

I hate wasting food. Hate it. However, with children, this is almost inevitable. My toddler will now take food he doesn’t like and push it off of his high chair tray. He will also (not so secretly) purposely drop food on the floor or put his hand out to feed it...

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Never Ending Laundry

Never Ending Laundry

I saw a meme that I will never forget. It said this:“You know who is always there for you? LAUNDRY. Laundry is always there for you.” As the Mom of 3 boys, I do not believe there is a more true statement. As I type this I have an entire air hockey/ping pong table in...

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Bitter or Better

Bitter or Better

Bad things happen. We can count on it. I wish they didn’t but they do. Jesus even tells us so, John 16:33“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” In this world,...

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The Joy Bus

The Joy Bus

If you haven’t seen it yet, we hope you will! What is it? The Joy Bus! Joy99/JoyWorship was gifted a bus! Yes, a bus. And we’re calling it the Joy Bus!The vision of the Joy Bus is to partner with West Michigan churches, non-profits and individuals in helping spread...

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Prayer for 2021

Prayer for 2021

A friend of mine shared the most beautiful prayer for 2021 with me in the form of a song. I found it so moving I want to share it with you. You can listen to the song below! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIMvwOtzIGw&list=UUKKppK_dyRJVQA_WBjw4KUA Here are the...

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Father’s Eyes

Father’s Eyes

Our youngest son Cohen has Down syndrome, and happens to be the most beautiful baby boy I’ve ever seen. (I’m of course not biased at all) Due to an extra 21st chromosome, individuals with Down syndrome have many distinctive physical features. These features include...

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A Place for Grief

A Place for Grief

Most of us are so glad that 2020 is over. Rightly so, it was a challenging year! Turning the page to the new chapter of 2021 gives us a renewed sense of hope as we look to the future. However, I wonder though, if some of us have rushed too quickly to the hope of...

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