Here’s to turning three!


Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

Ellie, you are our sunshine and today you turn three! Where has the time gone? We have enjoyed every second of every moment we have had with you. We are excited every chance we get to celebrate you. We love hearing you shout “my friends” when random kids walk into Chick Fil a. You love playing with everyone and you love others so well. We love that your love language is physical touch. You always want to be close; holding our hands, sitting on our lap, laying on our chest and snuggling real close. I’m in love with the way you still wrap your tiny arms around my neck as you fall to sleep each night.

We pray you always know how close Jesus wants to be to you. He loves you so much more than we ever could and sometimes that feels impossible, but it’s true. You are so special to Jesus! You make every morning bright with your loud wake up call letting us know the light is shining on the sun. Hearing you laugh makes our heart burst. Watching you worship beside daddy fills me with hope and joy. You always remind me that we need to read your Bible at bedtime. I love hearing you talk about Jesus and how much compassion you have when a friend is crying. It’s so cute to see you stick your finger in the air telling us you have an “IDEA!” We love that you are finding your voice and expressing your feelings. I pray you always know you have a voice and we will always hear you! Jesus will ALWAYS hear you! We are so unbelievably proud of you. When Jesus led our family to Washington Illinois you handled it with so much joy and maturity. I’ve cried way more then you on this journey. While I have fallen in love with our new home you fell in love so much more quickly and that has helped me ease in to so much change. We can’t say it enough! We are so proud of you. You will always be our miracle from God. The moment we found out about you we were reminded that nothing is impossible with God. What man said was impossible God proved faithful. Happy birthday to our unicorn 🦄 loving, frozen singing, PJ Mask fighting, Ryan imitating, christian rap shouting, Jesus worshipping little girl. You are the bestest little girlfriend a mommy could ask for. We adore you. We always will. We are so thankful Jesus blessed us with you. You are our sunshine ☀️! Happy 3rd Birthday! 🎂

Broken Crayons!

Broken Crayons!

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”—Romans 8:28

Recently I did an experiment with Ellie. We took all her broken crayons and we melted them down until they took on a new shape. We then let the crayon wax cool and harden. The experiment was a process. It took time, work and patience.  However, it was worth it! Through this experiment I was reminded of the work God wants to do in the hearts of all His broken people. This is a project that needs parent supervision since a hot oven is needed.

First. we started by peeling away the part of the crayon that was no longer useful. This part was hard for me. Ellie’s fingers are tiny. It took everything in me to let her do  this part herself. I wanted to jump in and help the entire time.

Preheat the oven to 250 F.

Next, we organized the crayons into a mini cupcake pan. We had fun mixing the colors. However, you can also sort the colors.

We placed the broken crayons in the oven to melt. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until wax is melted. Ellie had fun watching through the oven door.

After melting we waited as the crayons cooled and hardened into the shape of a circle.

Last, we tested out our new crayon. Be sure that the crayons are cool before allowing your child to touch them. I let the crayons sit for an hour before we tested them. Some parents and teachers have let the crayons sit over night.

Ellie really had fun with this experiment. Waiting for the new crayons to cool was the most difficult for her. However, I like that  it was a good opportunity to strengthen her patience.

Can we all just have a come to Jesus moment real quick? This experiment is about more than broken crayons.  It’s about broken people. We are all broken in some way. Jesus wants to pick us up in our brokenness, tare off all the unnecessary mess, melt us down in the fire, pull us out of our darkness so we can do amazing things for Him. God is not surprised by our brokenness. God love us so much that He wants to bring us out of our brokenness. Did you know that the Bible is filled with men and women who did some pretty  messed up things? Yet GOD still did great things in and through each of them. Check it out…

Broken Men and Women of the Bible used by God:

Noah was a drunk and God used Him to build the ark. He used him even though He knew he would mess us after the flood and get drunk. Jesus still chose to use Noah because He knew that even in all of Noah’s brokenness that he would answer the call to build the ark. He did! We are here because Jesus chose to use Noah.

David  was a murderer and adulterer but God still crowned Him King  because He chose to forgive David and bring a blessing through him.

Peter denied Christ three times yet still Jesus used Him. After denying Jesus three times, Peter went on to be filled with the holy Spirit, perform miracles and confidently preach in public. Many people came to know of the love of Jesus because Jesus chose to use a man who once denied Him.

Martha worried about everything. God used her to be a servant to Jesus and His Disciples. She served them so they could spend their time in Prayer and sharing the word.

Rehab was a prostitute who was used by God to hide the men from being punished by order of the King of Jericho.

Moses killed an Egyptian and buried him in the sand. Then He ran. However,  God still chose to use him to lead 2 million Israelites out of Egypt.

What is your story? What keeps you believing that God cannot use you? God wants to use you even in all your brokenness. God will never throw you out like a broken crayon. He wants to tare off all the junk, melt you down in the fire, mold you for His purpose and send you out to do big things for Him.  Regardless of the level of your brokenness- God can and wants to use you. The question stands, will you allow God to create something new in you?

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Count your blessings Life lesson from Dr. Seuss’ book Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

Count your blessings Life lesson from Dr. Seuss’ book Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

“When you think things are bad, when you feel sour and blue, when you start to get mad… you should do what I do! Just tell yourself, Duckie, you’re really quite lucky! Some people are much more… oh, ever so much more… oh, muchly much-much more unlucky than you!” -Dr. Seuss

Our last book is ​Did I ever tell you how lucky you are? In this story, ​ a wise man is telling a young boy what he should do if he is to ever feel sad or angry. The wise man tells the young boy that he should start to think of all the unlucky things he does not have to deal with. Throughout the book the wise man describes life situations that would be unlucky to be in. This book challenged me to focus on all the good I have in my life and less on all the negative in my life. The truth is everyone faces hard times in some way. No one is exempted from difficult moments. However, the negative should never consume our thoughts. Be intentional about finding joy in each day.

A few years ago I was challenged at a conference to write down 1000 things that I was thankful for. This challenge really helped me. It allowed me to stop thinking of all the negative in my life and focus on all the good in my life. It’s so easy to be consumed with the things that make life challenging. If we are not careful life can start to feel so challenging that life is no longer enjoyable. My fear is that I will wake up one day and realize that I missed out on so much of God’s goodness because I chose to live in a rut. We don’t have time to live in a rut. Life is too short.

“This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24 NLT

Regardless of what we are going through, we have reason to rejoice. I’m not saying that we will never have a bad moment or day. I am saying that all our days should not be so consumed with negative that we never experience Joy. I hope that if this is the case for you that you seek out the reason and a solution so that you can experience all the joy around you.

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NLT

Challenge: Find an empty notebook and this next week find 100 blessings that you can write down. Watch how this activity changes your perspective on life. I can’t wait to share with you my list in my next blog.

Don’t be afraid to be basic! Life lesson from Dr. Seuss’ book ​HOP ON POP! We

Don’t be afraid to be basic! Life lesson from Dr. Seuss’ book ​HOP ON POP!

“Sometimes the questions are difficult but the answers are simple.” Dr. Seuss

HOP ON POP is a book that encourages early readers to read alone. It’s a simple book that includes rhyming in a fun and colorful easy to read way. So, why would I ask you to read a book that was written for early readers? Good question. Thanks for asking! Don’t be fooled. HOP ON POP is not so easy that it fails to teach us a powerful lesson about the importance of the basics in life.

There are times in all of our lives when we want to throw in the towel. We want to give up when we hit a plateau in our weightloss, our mental health begins to spiral down, the career we have given everything to has taken a turn for the worse, our family is facing challenging times and most importantly our relationship with God is drifting. What do we do when we feel moving forward is not possible but we don’t want to make giving up an option? We press on by going back to the basics. We go back to what helped us get started in the first place.

In Junior High I was taking a math class. I was really struggling with the concept of Integers. A concept that now is no problem at all. However, during this class I hit a point where I could not go forward until I grasp the concept of integers. I remembered in Elementary school that my math teacher in 1st grade would teach us songs that helped us understand basic math concepts. I decided to go on youtube and research songs about integers. I found one. It worked! I was suddenly able to make this math concept make sense in my head. Had I not went back to a basic idea learned in the 1st grade I might have never been able to move forward in the class. Some of my Junior High classmates laughed at the idea when I sang one of the songs in class. However, during a test later that week I watched as one sang the song under their breath and another seemed to be moving to the sound in his head during the test.

For those dying to know, here is the link to the integer song! I did not write this song!

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Keep this verse in mind when you struggle. No matter how difficult your struggle know that with His strength you can accomplish so much. What area of your life do you feel you are struggling to move forward in? In what way can you go back to the basics? Don’t give up but instead make a list of what helped you get started in the first place and go back to that. I struggle with anxiety. I noticed that I have times that are really good for me and times when I struggle a little more. I’ve learned that when I am in a season of anxiousness I have to go back to when it all begin. I go back to the small steps I first took. Those basics for me are slowing down in life, trusting God more, looking at my diet and how what I’m eating is affecting my anxiety, making a list of all the good in my life and there have been times when calling my doctor was needed. What are the basics for you? Maybe you have found yourself at a stopping point and you can’t move forward. When life becomes overwhelming simply break it down into small basic steps. Don’t be afraid to be basic!

Trusting God in the waiting place! Life lesson from Dr. Seuss’ book, Oh The Places You’ll Go!

Trusting God in the waiting place! Life lesson from Dr. Seuss’ book, Oh The Places You’ll Go!

“Everyone is just waiting.” -Dr. Seuss

In the book, Oh The Places You’ll Go, we are taken on the colorful up and down adventures of life. We read about good days and bad days. Good friends and bad friends. Ups and downs. Fun times and times of hard work. It’s the perfect book for really any reader of any age. I was challenged by the section of the book that referred to a waiting place.


by Dr. Seuss

“Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting. Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting.”

This one excerpt challenged me to trust God in the waiting place.

Can we agree that Some days it is so challenging to trust God in the waiting place. When life is at a stand still. When you know there is more but you don’t have the opportunity to move. When your waiting on Him for direction. When life is overwhelming and you want answers. When God is telling you to stop and wait on Him but you just want to make a choice because any choice feels better then the waiting place feels. I challenge you to be patient in the waiting. Wait on God and His direction.

There are many seasons in life that have us in the waiting place. Do any of these sound familiar?

  1. Waiting for marriage.
  2. Waiting for a career to start.
  3. Waiting for that Job promotion.
  4. Waiting for the difficult season to end.
  5. Waiting to grow your family.

In the waiting place God is preparing us for the next chapter. He is preparing you to be the best wife/husband. He is preparing you to make a difference in your career. He is preparing you to take on the challenges that come with that job promotion. He is preparing you as a testimony when that friend comes along facing the same storm you are headed out of. He is preparing you to be a loving mom/dad. He is preparing you for the next chapter while you wait. The problem is we get so antsy in the waiting that we find it difficult to step back, breathe and allow God to do all this amazing preparation in us. My question for you is will you allow God to prepare you for all the places he wants to take you?

A year after my stepdad passed away I found myself still grieving. Jessie and I had been dating for a while. I could sense that he was fixing to ask me to marry him but I wasn’t ready. I began to push him away. I was hurting. I loved him but I couldn’t handle the anxiety of losing him too. I needed time to heal. I prayed one night. It’s better if I say, I begged God “please don’t let him ask.” A few years after that prayer when my heart was finally open he did ask. We were talking after his proposal and he shared with me the time he was going to ask a few years earlier. He was going to ask a year after my stepdad passed away. The same time I was begging God not to let him ask. Jessie told me that he had the money for the ring and the proposal planned. Then he felt God say “wait on me.” While he didn’t know why, Jessie still trusted God and waited. When he did finally get to ask my heart was more than ready. God spent those few years healing my heart and preparing it to be able to love without the fear of losing someone I cared so much about. It took Jessie trusting God even when he didn’t understand why God was saying to wait. He trusted God in the waiting and our story is so beautiful because of that trust.

God has so much planned for you. He has so many wonderful places to take you. Trust him. Trust that while your dreams, purpose, that healing your praying for seem so far away God is working to prepare you for the next chapter. Oh the places you will go if you just trust Him in the waiting place.

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

The fish and the Cat! Which voice will you listen too? Life lesson from Dr. Seuss’ book ​The Cat In The Hat!

The fish and the Cat!

Which voice will you listen too?

Life lesson from Dr. Seuss’ book ​The Cat In The Hat!

“He should not be here, ” said the fish in the pot. ” he should not be here when your mother is not.” ― D​r. Seuss

In the bookThe Cat In The Hat. ​It’s a rainy day and Sally and Conrad are bored. A cat who just so happens to be wearing a Hat walks into their home making a mess of everything. As soon as the cat walks in the kids are forced with a difficult decision. Should we let him stay or make him leave? Meanwhile their pet fish is trying to convince them that the cat should not be there. The fish is encouraging the kids to make the right decision by making the cat leave. Which voice will Sally and Conrad listen to? I like to picture Sally and Conrad as you and me. I picture the cat in the hat as the bad influence on one shoulder and the fish as the voice of God on the other shoulder. The fish is Jesus encouraging the kids to make the right decision while the cat in the hat is OK with pushing Sally and Conrad down the wrong path. At the end of the story The cat in the hat cleans up his mess and disappears before Mother gets back. The mess is covered up and mother will never know unless Sally and Conrad tell her. After reading this story to Ellie I am left with a powerful question; what voice will I respond to when faced with difficult decisions in life?

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them. And they follow me.” John 10:27 NLT

This is such a silly example. However, when I was in 5th grade we had this group of girls who bullied one specific girl in our class. One day, I saw them take her purse from her desk when she was out of the room and stick it in the trash. They tore paper out of their spirals and covered the purse in the trash so that the girl would not see it. I remember sitting on the edge of my seat, faced with the choice to do the right thing or ignore the situation altogether. I knew what the right thing to do was but I had another voice saying…

“It’s not your problem!”

“You didn’t do it.”

“It’s not your fault they don’t like her!”

“If you help her they might bully you!”

This voice was the voice I wanted to listen to. It seemed like the easy way out. However, I knew the other voice. The familiar voice. It was the voice of God and it was the voice I knew to be right. His voice made my stomach turn because I knew listening to it would be difficult but worth it. His voice was difficult to respond to but I knew it was right. This voice, God’s voice told me to go grab the purse and put it back in her desk. So I did! I rushed to the trash can. I pulled out the purse. I put it back in the desk. It was the hardest decision I had to make in the 5th grade. However, I knew it was the right choice. The girls gave me the death glare. Back then that glare terrified me to walk home. I knew my life was over. However, that decision I’ll never regret.

I’m sure you are facing much more challenging decisions in your life then my 5th grade problems with girl bullies. I sure have!!! There have been moments when I have chosen to listen to the wrong voice. I’ve made some huge mistakes in my life because I didn’t listen to what I was hearing from God. I am so thankful for a God who can see past my failures and still put me where He wants me in life. Listening to God’s voice is not always easy. His voice is right though! I Honestly believe we know the difference. In some way, we know when we are listening to the voice of God or following the voice we so desperately want to be right. I want to leave you with this…

Three ways we can hear His voice!

1. Through His word!

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Tim 3:16 NLT

2. Through Prayer!

“And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. ​ A​ nd since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.” 1 John 5:14-15 NLT

3. Through conversation with other believers!

“When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.” Romans 1:12 NLT

Taking Back our Thoughts: Life lesson from Dr. Seuss’ book The Thinks You Can Think.

Taking Back our Thoughts: Life lesson from Dr. Seuss’ book The Thinks You Can Think.

“Think left and think right Think low and think high Oh the thinks you can think if only you try.” Dr. Seuss

In the story, The Thinks You Can Think Dr. Seuss celebrates a child’s creativity. The story encourages a child to be creative with their imagination. However, if I could take it a step further I believe this book could also challenge all of us on a deeper level. This book challenges me to be watchful of my thoughts. Are my thoughts helping me or hurting me? Are my thoughts pleasing to Jesus?

The above quote reminded me of a similar scripture…

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8 NLT

Lesson:​ We have the power to choose what we think about. The way we think about ourselves, others and the world around us is up to us. We have the power to think positive. We have the power to hope for the best. We have the power to believe the best in others. We have the power to think about things that are good. We have the power to think thoughts that are good of ourselves. Honestly, most of our negative thinking is about ourselves. I know for me I need to change how I think about myself on a daily basis. I need to change what I think about! I often ask myself, If all my thoughts were listened to by others would I be proud of what is heard?

*If you have thoughts of wanting to harm yourself or others I encourages you to reach out to a doctor, a pastor, a friend, a teacher or a boss. REACH OUT TO SOMEONE! You do not have to face this alone. There is help for you and there is no shame seeking out that help.*

National Suicide Hotline Call 1-800-273-8255

One thing I am working on is story sharing. Sounds silly? Well… I recently noticed that when I read or hear a devastating or tragic story I tend to share it with others as a way to cope with the tragedy. Even though the story has no direct connection to me I still find myself dwelling on it and sharing it with others. I realized that this is of no help to anyone. It does not help me to consume my thoughts with whichever story it might be and it does no one else any good to be told the story so that I can process it. Here is what I have began doing.

1. If I hear or read a sad story I immediately STOP and PRAY for all who are involved in the story.

2. If I can help those involved I will.

3. Next I disconnect. I do not share it with anyone else and I do not continue to dwell on it.

4. Finally, If the story appears in my thoughts later in the day, I will again stop and pray for the individuals involved and I move on.

This is something I have to do in order to protect my thoughts. Others can hear and read sad stories and be just fine. I on the other hand struggle with letting the stories go and not trying to dissect every detail.

Challenge: ​It’s time we take back our thoughts. I want to encourage you to write down each negative thought that you have. After, find a positive thought, quote or scripture to replace the negative thought.

I put together a list of 5 common negative thoughts that we might face and a scripture to combat each one. I encourage you to create your own list as well. Enjoy!

Thoughts of Fear:

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Tim 1:7 NLT

Thoughts of feeling worthless:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

Thoughts that say “I can’t do it”:

“Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” Matthew 19:26 NLT

Thoughts that say “I am alone”:

“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. ​He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” ​Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT

Thoughts that say “I messed up too bad”:

“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:9 NLT

Smile! It happened… but there is more!

Smile! It happened… but there is more!

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” -Dr. Seuss

This quote from Dr. Seuss seemed so fitting. You know, Illinois is feeling a little more like home everyday. While I still find myself missing Texas and all the people and places I grew to love I’m just so thankful and happy that Texas happened. Texas was the beginning of Gods plan for our family’s future. It was a wonderful season. Texas is where God called our family to Illinois. That wonderful Texas part of our life is over but we smile. We smile because it happened and because it happened this new beautiful Illinois story can be written.

“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace. What do people really get for all their hard work? I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

This season we are in is beautiful and I’m so thankful that God has had His hand in it. What season has come to an end in your life? Smile! That season ending is an open door to your next adventure! Just wait! You’ll see!

Why did I start with a Dr. Seuss quote? Read Across America starts this week. I have compiled five of Dr. Seuss’ books that teach us valuable life lessons. I will post a short and simple blog highlighting a different book by Dr. Seuss and it’s lesson each morning. Hope you will click the link and check it out. Below are a few pictures of Ellie and I enjoying Read Across America over the past two years! We get into it. To us it’s a pretty big deal. 😂

Candy Confident!

Candy Confident!

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 1 corinthians 5:17 (NLT)

Ellie loves to take the items out of the basket and put them on the conveyor belt. As we walk through the store she also enjoys taking things from the shelf and throwing them into the basket. Each shopping trip includes a lot of us saying. “No put that back. We are not paying for that”. She even helps us swipe the card at check out. She has quickly learned that you have to pay for what you take from the store and this means it has to go on the conveyor belt.

One day as we are checking out I notice the grocery clerk ring up two suckers and toss them in the bag. Jessie and I looked at each other confused then at Ellie who smiled her biggest smile. At some point she worked her magic and snuck the candy up on the conveyor belt. We never noticed her throw it in the basket much less put it on the conveyor belt. However, Ellie was confident that if she put the candy on the conveyor belt it would be paid for. This moment reminds of of a confidence we can have in Jesus. Let me go back a little further first.

One summer at kids camp I remember asking Jesus into my heart every night of that week. I was so scared that if I messed up, made a mistake, sinned and didn’t ask Jesus back into my heart that I would not get to go to heaven. I had this belief that you had to get saved every time you made a mistake. I wanted to go to heaven so badly. Truthfully I just wanted to stay out of hell. So, I knew my best bet was to run to the altar every night at Kids camp and invite or should I say beg Jesus into my heart. Of Course I now know that getting saved is not about a get out of hell free card it’s about a relationship with Jesus. However, as a child I had so much guilt of all the mistakes I made that I was terrified I was not good enough to know Jesus or be forgiven. I’m so thankful I now know that Jesus wants to know me. He wants to know you too. There are some things in our past that if we allow it to these things can really hinder us from truly know the love and forgiveness of Jesus. There are mistakes in your past that you are so ashamed of. You’ve made mistakes you regret and you haven’t completely forgiven yourself for. Many of us are not completely confident that Jesus has completely forgiven us of our sins. Stop living as if the sacrifice of Jesus was not good enough. Stop living with the guilt of every past mistake. I have good news! Jesus died to pay the price of our sins. It’s not complicated. When Jesus died on the cross He took our sins with Him. When you make Jesus the center of your life you no longer have to carry the weight of your sin. Your sin is covered. It is paid for in full.

“I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.” Isaiah 43:25 (NLT)

Why should you continue to feel guilt over a past that Jesus chooses to forget?

Just as Ellie put her candy on the conveyor belt confident that it would be paid for, we can be confident that the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross is enough to cover our sin.

The price of love!

The Price of Love ❤️

“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

It’s Valentine’s Day! The day we celebrate love. However, I don’t want to talk about the stereotypical love this day is made out to be. I want to talk about a love that changed my life forever. Let me go back to where it all began for me. It started with the Price family. They have loved me so much and have taught me so much more. As I go down memory lane I can’t help but share.  I know you will take away a lot of love lessons the Price family taught me throughout the years.


Dorothy and I were at yoga one evening when she noticed a tattoo on my foot. She screeched “what is that devils tail on your foot?” Her dramatic response reminds me of her dramatic love for me over the years. Her ability to love a child who is not her own the way she has loved me gives me hope and encourages me. I pray my love for others can be as dramatic as Dorothy’s love has been for me. After every ministry trip in Masters Commission there would be a welcome home note on my bed with a scripture. Often times there would be an encouraging note hidden in my bag to share with the whole team. I have kept every letter, every scripture and every ounce of wisdom she has poured into me. Dorothy was one of the first people I called after having Ellie. She marched up to the hospital at 11 at night with Taco Bell, cupcakes and so much love for Ellie. She was so excited. Watching her be Emmie to Ellie has been wonderful. She once told me the story of how she decided to talk to Wade about their family being my home opener. I’m sure I was the last character they expected to have knock on their door. She said she really felt God wanted her family to open their home to a student so they took a leap of faith and now I’m a half way normal person because of their obedience to Jesus. 😂 In the Bible Mary represents bravery and a servants heart. I think it is safe to say that Dorothy reminds me of Mary. Dorothy was brave to say the least by taking me in. To this day she continues to serve and love me as well as so many others. (Luke 1:26-56)
Take away: When Jesus calls you to do something even if it’s crazy – Do It! You never know the life you are changing because of your obedience. Never stop serving others. Dorothy’s obedience to God and service to me changed my life forever.


It was Mother’s Day. My first Mother’s Day. I of course choke on a hot dog. Wade comes to the rescue and saves my life. My ribs hurt for a week and I’m so thankful to him for that. Truth: I haven’t eaten a hotdog sense.  However, this moment reminds me of his deep love for his family. I truly believe the man would jump in front of a car for anyone. He loves Gods people. He loves relating to them and his home is always open to them. He even required that Jessie ask his permission before he asked me to marry him. He was there the day he proposed and he was willing to walk me down the aisle if I needed him. A year before jessie and I got married I asked Wade and Dorothy if I could move back in. Wade responded
“You can always come home.” (Wade, you will never fully understand the impact those words had on my life.) I think this is when I realized how much he loves me and that he counts me as family. I believe his family is strong in their faith and love for others because of him. He leads his family well. Wade reminds me of Moses, one of the greatest leaders in the Bible. Moses led the Egyptians out of Israel.  Wade leads his family toward God everyday and you can see the love of Jesus shine through him daily.
Take away: Be a leader. Lead others toward Jesus by the way you love.


One day Sam was home sick from school. He was in the 5th grade. Dorothy had me go get him lunch. On the way back his chocolate shake spilt all over the car. I was already having a bad day and it was one of those moments that make everything worse. I walk into the kitchen and through my tears I explain what happened to the shake. He immediately said “it’s ok! I don’t need it. I’m not mad. You don’t have to cry.” He was so young but so understanding.
He saw that I was having an ugly cry moment and he chose to love me by showing compassion. David was a man after God’s own heart. I believe Sam is too. Sam truly wants to live the kind of life that shows the love of Jesus. (Acts 13:22)
Take away: Develop compassion for others. Understand that someone might be having a bad day and understanding this can change everything for them.


While getting ready to head out to Illinois I put on my warm and fuzzy banana socks (pictured above.) Pulling them over my pants Anna ask, “Are those bananas on your socks and are you wearing them pulled over your pants?”
To which I respond , “Yes! I decided since I walked into this house looking odd I thought I’d leave looking odd.” We both laughed. You’re probably confused. The truth is I had no sense of style when moving in. We still joke today about the outfit I showed up to their house in! I won’t go there. My style was so bad that Anna offered to let me borrow her clothes. A few days after the offer Dorothy told me that Anna never lets anyone borrow her clothes. I love that even in all my weirdness Anna accepted me just as Jesus welcomes all of us. I’m so thankful she didn’t judge me at first glance but she chose to see what could be. She chose to see my potential. In the Bible Ruth represents loyalty. Anna reminds me of Ruth. When I moved in I became family and Anna was loyal to treat me as family regardless of all my many many flaws.  (Ruth 1-4)
Take away: Don’t judge a book by its cover. Choose to see everyone’s true God given potential.

This is not the love that changed my life forever though. Jesus paid the ultimate price when He died on the cross for each of us. His love completely wrecked my world.

“For God so loved the world that He gave up His only son that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life.” John 3:16

However, I believe He chose to show His love for me through the Price family because He knew they would be Obedient to His call. He paid a huge price for His love for us. His love changed my life forever and the Price family, they demonstrate His love everyday. The Price family made His deep love for me make so much sense.

When we decided to rip the bandaid off and leave for Illinois it hurt. Tears flood my eyes as I remember hugging Dorothy and Wade. It hurt to leave two people who have poured so much love into my heart. God knew what He was doing when He made the Price family my home during my internship. He knew every single detail of all that I would need. Here is the thing. The Price family didn’t sit me down in front of a white board and give me 5 ways to Love well. They taught me what Jesus’ love looks like by showing it to me. I need you to know that Jesus loves you today and everyday. He loves you on your good days and your bad days. His love for you never changes. I’m forever grateful to the family who helped me discover this for myself. They are every bit of the family I pray we are to everyone who walks into our lives. If I could demonstrate just an ounce of the love they have shown me It would change the world. I will forever be thankful for God loving me so much that He has gifted me the opportunity to be loved by the Price family. All of this because He paid the price for love.