Welcome to our site!  I’m so excited and nervous to have this up and running as it has been in the works for a little while now.  Since all 4 of us have different friends and contacts, you aren’t going to know each of us personally.  So here is a bit about me to help you feel more at home.

I am a child of God, a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister, a sister-in-law, a friend, a yoga lover, a bit of a coffee snob – even though I don’t actually drink coffee, a wanna-be crafter, a vegetarian.  All of these are really just labels though, and what do any of them really mean or tell you?  I really want to be known as just a lover.  A lover of God and of people – including family, friends and those different from me.

I am a passionate person.  Sometimes this gets me into hot water.  I find something interesting or important and I naturally want to share it with those around me.  Sometimes the people around me don’t see the same fascination, necessity or passion as I do in a particular topic.  Sometimes I don’t pick up on that hint very quickly.  Sometimes, (thank God), I sense that God is working on me in this area of life.  I would love my contribution to this blog to be able to share some of these passions through the telling of stories from my lifes journey.  But I don’t want my passions to get in the way of me loving.

Here are some of the things I am all fired up about and would love to speak about in this blog:

Social action/loving others – I am seeing God’s call for me to love the poor and the needy in very real ways.  I’m not too sure how to do this in personal ways yet, but have some ideas that are starting to bud, and I’m super excited about it!  He is patiently teaching me and I am earnestly trying to watch his movement and join in.  I believe that we see and encounter Jesus as we feed the poor, clothe the naked, visit the imprisoned and embrace his children.  A few books have really spoken to me in this area – namely “Kissing the Lepers” by Brad Jersak and “Jesus for President” by Shane Claibourne.  Check them out if you are also feeling a stirring in this area.

motherhood – I LOVE being a mom.  We have been on a hard journey with having kids.  I have had several miscarriages, and thank God for the precious gift we have in our son Josiah.  We also have another little bambino due to arrive in a few weeks and we praise God for these little people he has given us the privilege to raise.  My parenting “style” has certainly evolved since the birth of our son.  Firstly, I fell madly in love with him the moment I laid my eyes on him and a lot of my “good ideas” flew right out the window in that moment.  Secondly, I have moved from worrying about what “people” think I should do, to doing my best to care for his needs in a respectful, gentle, loving, instinctual way.  So much of this has been modeled by my husband and I think my kids are super lucky to have him as a dad.  It is important to me to try to parent with the fruit of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  I of course stumble and trip often, (oh so often!) but with God’s grace and the love of good friends, I pick myself up, dust myself off and press on.

Most imporantly, I have been learning about love.  So many of my choices in life have evolved out of some type of difficult time and so I often want to spare others the pain of those times by “instructing them” on my choices.  Really, I am robbing them of learning and growing and even worse, I am sometimes offending.  That’s not what I want to do.  No, I want to love.  I want to love creation.  I want to love those who are needy, poor and broken.  I want to love those who are different than me.  I want to love my children.  I want to love my friends and family.   I am seeing that love is tricky, selfless, sometimes painful, but so incredibly worthwhile.  We (us four), have been working on memorizing the famous “love” passage in the Bible.  It is written out, posted on the wall beside my, ummm, toilet.  One recent morning, as I was looking over the list, I realized I couldn’t get very far without knowing I have a lot of work to do.  Love is patient and kind, it isn’t proud (yikes), it does not demand its own way (oh oh), it keeps no record of wrongs (shoot!), and is always hopeful through each circumstance.  Real love is not easy.  But it is beautiful and I want it in my life.  I also can’t get very far in the list without thanking God for his perfect, beautiful love for us.  “His love is like that?” I ask myself in awe and gratitude as I read through the list.  I want to love like Jesus loves.  Slowly, I am embracing the solid truth that love is not always in my nature, but that love is the way of life that is best of all.  That is what I hope to share here, that is what I hope to grow in, that is what I hope to gain and to give away.