A new and different kind of Joy.

Our congregation planted a tree in honor of our elder. The children of the church helped pile the dirt over the roots. The grandchildren of our elder watered the soil and (with assistance) lowered the tree into the hole. This was an emotional few minutes. My sweet Madilynn (who...

SQT: Super Mom vs Super Bug

March ticked by slowly in a blur of illness. In between cleaning throw up, blowing noses, busting a vessel in my eye, and losing my voice, I had my best direct sales month ever. We made two trips as well, one for my sister’s birthday and one for Leadership...

A Growing Cloud of Witnesses

Sometimes we have no words for an event or situation. Sometimes the real problem is we have a jumble of too many words and getting them out or processing them interferes with all the emotions connected to the words. The past few days have been filled with such words...

Confessions of a Direct Sales Addict

Hello. I’m Angie and I’m a direct sales junky. I realized this a few weeks ago in looking around at some of my favorite things. My addiction hit my all-time high this week when I added a third consultancy to my own list of direct sales businesses. Shopping online...

(SQT) All You Really Need to Know: the Monopoly Edition

This week as part of our unschooling, we played Monopoly. Sadly, we do not have the paper money edition, but the new Electronic Monopoly (sad because I couldn’t make Dietrich count the money). However, Dietrich still had to read and add so some basic principles were part of our...

My Haven of (earthly) Rest

I am often cold, Peter would say “always.” However, I would argue that I did get too warm living without A/C in Germany and during the summer here in our apartment with its goofy air circulation. When I get cold, especially my feet, I feel as though I’ll never...

When Prayers are Bittersweet

When God answers our prayers, how do we respond? If we pray for the hurting to find rest, are we ready to accept God’s definition over our own? When we pray for people to change for the better, for families to be reunited, but also that children remain safe...

Lose the Cape: A book Review

I am judgmental. I am opinionated. I do not often keep those opinions a secret. The stronger I feel, the louder the opinion will be spoken. And then… I had kids… I received a free advance digital copy of Lose the Cape: Never will I Ever (and then I...

Battleground Heart

I’m not sure how it happened, but for months, Dietrich has been obsessed with heaven and hell, more the latter. The big areas of focus are that bad people go to hell and that the devil wants us to do bad things. Every time he makes a bad choice, he...

Balancing Act

To say I’ve been in a writing slump is sugar coating the matter. It’s not that I have nothing to say (I always have plenty to say), rather it is finding the motivation and energy to commit “pen to paper” and get it posted. Maybe it’s a touch of...