In a large family, there is always a lot going on, but in many ways my family had been in a holding pattern for a couple of years. The changes we had hoped to see, the progress we had hoped to make, seemed like it would never come. I am happy to announce that 2014 had a lot up her sleeve!After months of waiting, my newest little sister finally came home from Latvia in September. She is the new baby of the family and turned ten on ... Read More about 2014: A Tree of Life
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We picked his name four years ago.My husband and I sat at the table and talked about having another baby. Our first child was eating solids and walking and talking like a big boy. We thought it would be nice to give him a little brother to play with. I was really close to my younger brother while we were growing up. I knew how great siblings could be.So the name was chosen -- Obed. I wrote it on the back of my midwife’s business card and ... Read More about Worth the Wait
I was awakened by the phone call on September 11. I'd known it was coming. I'd even been expecting it. But that morning, it caught me by surprise.Grandpa and Grandma had celebrated their fifty-eighth wedding anniversary that Sunday. And early Thursday morning--a little over a month before his seventy-eighth birthday--they reached that moment of "death do us part."The tears came in waves that day. Grandpa was so very ready to go home ... Read More about blessed be the name of the Lord
I will never forget the first sight of her itty bitty wiggly body, or hearing the sound of her dainty feminine cry!At long last, my baby was here!The doctor scooped her up and laid her on my chest. As we snuggled on our living room couch, skin-to-skin, full of tears, joy, relief, and thanksgiving, I remember greeting her with the only words I could say, "I love you so much!"Of course, that was my favorite moment of 2014, the ... Read More about He Gave Me Lydia
2014 was a wonderful year, but it was also a very hard one. Looking back to pinpoint my favorite moment, I see grace upon grace, beauty in the pain, and God’s unfailing love and faithfulness.Christmas of last year: we were all sick, my husband was working night shift over the holiday (so he slept whenever he was home) and my grandparents died within six days of each other. Moment of grace: our church bringing us Christmas dinner. They ... Read More about A Year Of Love
There's something about quiet that inspires me. The lack of noise opens my ears to the sounds I usually miss while resting me for the next onslaught of noisy activity. The calming of the world around me allows my mind to dwell on deeper things and the words to well up inside me.This is one of the reasons we hit the "pause" button on Kindred Grace each August. It's not just because our writers need a much-deserved vacation. But we want to ... Read More about Favorite Posts from Years Gone By
When I think about the holidays, one of the first things that come to mind are traditions. For me, traditions are the things that make holidays special. They were the things I looked forward to the most, and the things that made some of my best holiday memories.For me, some of my favorite holiday traditions were dressing up for Thanksgiving Day and going to hear Handel's Messiah each December. For Scott, a big, special meal is what set the ... Read More about Cranberry Relish & Holiday Greetings
Did you know that more than half of the current Kindred Grace writing team are firstborns? 10 are oldests, and 3 more are firstborn girls! When we first started brainstorming for "A Peek Into Your Personality", we realized that as much diversity as there was in our team, a lot of us had birth order in common. And like most groups of writers, there are more introverts than extroverts among us (I'm not really one of the introverts, in case you ... Read More about A Peek Into Our Personalities
There is a Mission style antique chair that sits in our living room. The legs are marked up, the corners worn. The stain has been rubbed off the arms and back from use.I want to be like that chair. Standing firm without giving anyone splinters. Transparent enough to show the wear without wearing a mask.I've grown up with you, through this blog and the newsletter that was before it. You've been an integral part in the Father’s gentle ... Read More about stepping forward in grace
One of my favorite scenes from the 1981 movie “Chariots of Fire” is when Harold Abrahams and his date, singer Sybil Gordon, are discussing their careers. Harold asks Sybil, “Why singing?”She replies, “It’s my job.” Then she corrects herself saying, “No, that’s silly—I do it because I love it.”What is it that you love so much you’d do it regardless of whether or not it was your job? What is your all-consuming hobby? What is your ... Read More about A Peek Into Your Passion with a Purpose!
This Mother's Day, two of us here on the YLCF team are celebrating even more than usual, with the arrival of new little ones in our homes! Aaron and Jessica, along with big brother Cedar Milan, welcomed Genoa Leanne on April 29th at 3:52 a.m. She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and measured 21 inches long. Merritt and Gretchen, along with big sisters Ruth Ann and Mary Kate, welcomed Daniel Merritt on April 14 at 8 p.m. He weighed ... Read More about this Mother’s Day…
Dear YLCF readers,What a privilege to send you a "post card" from my new home in California! This has been the most amazing year of my life. I hope to write several articles to share more of my story, but for now, here is a quick update…At the beginning of the year a young man who I greatly admired and respected started corresponding with me on and off. By March he decided I was "more or less interesting" and we began emailing and instant ... Read More about Postmarked: Wisconsin, England, Colorado, & California!