indigenous people’s day

It’s Indigenous People’s Day today. Some of you may know it by it’s former name.  Columbus Day.  Maybe you were like me and you were told a piece of the story growing up.  You know, the part of the story where a brave man named Christopher Columbus discovered this land called “the americas”? Well, I […]

Teaching Children About Race: Parent Resource

This is a resource we created for Quest Kids and Family Ministry “When I walked into the classroom, the kids were seated at their desks, eager to get started with the special presentation.  After the teacher introduced me, I handed a puzzle piece to each student in the class.  As I began my spiel about […]

The Decision to Go Back to School

When I graduated college, I had a plan.  Get a job. Get some ministry experience.  Go back to school. Somewhere along the way I was going to start a family and write a children’s book series about the Bible with a specific multicultural lens. Yeah, about our plans.  They don’t usually happen the way we […]

Change the Narrative: With Books

How do we help our kids seek to love other people, no matter what?  It begins by changing the narrative in our home.  If this thought overwhelms you, try some books.  Reading opens doors for conversations, thoughts and ideas.  Reading gives us opportunities to learn new things about people who are different than us.  We […]

Favorite Books on Parenting

There is no ‘one size fits all’ model for parenting.  The Bible does not outline ’12 steps to successfully raise a child to be a follower of Jesus’. The Bible does offer us insight and instruction, wisdom and guidance that informs who we are (identity), how we are called to live (mission), and what we […]

Including Kids in Worship

Children are an important part of the body of Christ.  We believe children are not the church of the future, they are the church of today.  A child’s place in the church should be acknowledged and his or her presence valued.  We must lead the children, but we can also learn from them. In Matthew […]

Thoughts on “Doing It All”

I often have people ask me, how do you do it? how do you do it “all”?  Those are weighted questions, that deserve thoughtful answers.  To be honest, I don’t always know how to answer them.  The easiest response is to say, I don’t know.  I don’t know how we do it, we just do. We sleep, […]

How to Finish Well, Or Not

I find myself at the end of things often.  Not sure if completing them is what I want to do or have the energy to do.  This plays out in just about every area of my life. For example: We run out of paper towels.  I debate for weeks the decision to buy more or […]

This Girl

This girl.  If you know her, you know her favorite place to be is snuggled up to mom or dad (shoulder or  leg is fine, she is not picky) thumb in mouth, ‘mankin’ (her little blanket) in hand.  She’s been this way all of her two and three quarters years.  So imagine my delight when […]

Mother’s Day: Dandelion Seeds

I’ve never posted about a Mother’s Day.  There’s always a first… I woke up to a two year olds cry at 5am. The usual…she doesn’t get up but she just cries out as if to say, mom don’t forget you should get up in one hour. My six year old made my coffee- love him for it, and my […]