Three of my children played in "Cinderella" this past weekend. Daniel was "Prince Charming." Emily played an uncharacteristic "Evil Step-Sister." And Joe was a mouse turned coachman.It was a fabulous, exhausting week culminating in four packed performances. The costumes were beautiful, the acting was fabulous,...

Neverland not far awayin the minds of little boyswalking on a roofalmost like flying!My daughter captured this incredible picture of her littlest brother (in front) adventuring with friends. Check out her blog for more creative photos and posts: http://evhyland.tumblr.com/...

I no longer liveto accomplish my agendaso I can enjoy myselfbut ratherto enjoy His giftsso I may accomplish His willConsidering my lilies . . 54. "real love" letters55. Josh's joy56. God's Spirit surprising57. fighting for freedom58. ways that are higher than mine59. Ecclesiastes' truth60. a...

Circle yes or no. The invitation and solicitation wrapped up in one. A little girl's simple, straightforward words to request. To fill a hunger of heart she can't begin to comprehend. So vulnerable and sweet. And so unaware of the precipice upon which she balances. On...

I am reading the autobiography of Frederick Douglas. It is a testimony to the indomitable human spirit. The image and glory of God in man even in the most dire and dehumanizing circumstances. The atrocities described in just enough detail to bring evidence agains the...

Looking around at ten years of livingDreaming of another life an hour awaySlowerMore peacefulCountryside and quietSome land for boys to run and husband to call his ownCloser to the creation that heals my soul and speaks so LOUD And so softBut where do I start?The...

Might my frustration be an invitation to stop and choose "the good portion, which will not be taken away"? Could this anger reveal my fears and misplaced trust in man and the strength of flesh? Emotions . . not good or bad. False or true. But signs, scents. The signature of God on man made in...

30. contrite hearts31. the prodigal's father32. grace bigger than me33. hands that hold the world and mine34. angry words unspoken and heart that looks up35. smiles smiled36. beloved children home safe from summer adventures37. adventures to come38. friends to share them with39. perspective - a...

"O Triune God, who commandeth the universe, thou hast commanded me to ask for those things that concern thy kingdom and my soul." ~The Trinity from Valley of VisionI've heard all my life that God is not a genie to grant my three wishes or...