Introducing…Eli Christopher! // Thankful Thursday

I’m excited to say that I’ve entered a  new era in my journey with the Lord.

I’ve become a Nana!

My oldest daughter,  Alyssa, and her husband, Anthony, welcomed Eli Christopher to the world on Saturday, April 18th. He is just perfect and my heart is bursting with joy over his life. Call me biased, but have you ever seen a more perfect and beautiful baby?


I cannot believe that this precious treasure will be a month old already this coming Saturday.

I am grateful to God for Eli’s safe arrival into this world, and for His hand of protection over Alyssa during her pregnancy and labor.

I am thankful for the opportunity to share my gratitude posts on my blog once again. I started, and stopped, and started and stopped again.  If there is one thing I’ve realized walking through various seasons of life, it’s this:  [tweetthis]There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for.[/tweetthis] So I’m going to come here, every week or two and share one, two or several things that I am grateful for. It may be in word or photos, but it will be those things that cause my heart to overflow with gratitude to my Savior.

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Embracing the Simple Joy of Family

Red polka dots cup on wooden table over wallpaper with snowflakes

Red polka dots cup on wooden table over wallpaper with snowflakes

Embracing the simple Joy of FAMILY

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. Burton Hillis

I tell my kids ever year, “Christmas is about family.  It’s about being together.  It doesn’t matter what is or isn’t underneath the tree.  What matters most is that we, as a family are all together — healthy, happy and loving Jesus.”

Over the last four years, I’ve said that more often than I am sure my children would like to hear. It’s hard to keep a balance between wanting to give your children the desires of their

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Life Through The Lens: Celebrating 25 years!

On Tuesday, August 20th, my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary!


We didn’t have any big plans, like those we’ve dreamed about, as money is still very tight. (Thankfully, hubby is working now!). But God put it on someone’s heart to bless us financially so that we could go out and have a nice dinner.  A really nice dinner!  So that is what we did on Sunday night.

We went to the Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola.


You can take a garden path down many stairs to the restaurant or opt for the cable car, which is what we do when we visit.


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I Survived My First Year Of Homeschooling!

Well, I survived!

I have received many questions about how I do school, while holding down a full-time job, outside the home four days a week.  It hasn’t been easy, for the most part.  But, I am thankful that we stuck with it and didn’t throw in the towel and give up.  Oh, there were so many moments when I wanted to give up!  I thought I would share with you some of the things that helped me to survive my first year of homeschooling while working full time.


I cannot stress enough how important it was for me to invite God into my homeschooling.  I prayed about everything,

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