Branson for Big Families (Plus a Giveaway!)

  Big Family Holiday Vacation! If you’re part of a big family you know how hard traveling can be at times. We love going on vacation with our six kids (ages 25, 22, 20, 7, 4 and 4.) We also have an amazing daughter-in-law, and two grandkids (ages 3 and 1). Big family vacations can be big fun, if you know where to look! There is one challenge that comes with big family vacations: Finding activities where everyone enjoys themselves. {Read More}

Taking Note of God’s Creative Hand

Taking Note of God’s Creative Hand   In the beginning God created. It’s easy to see that when we step outside, but we need to remember that it’s God Who gives breath to our creativity, too. God’s been speaking to my heart about creation lately. About everything coming from nothing. About nothing being here that He didn’t create. About me being allowed to be part of the creative process. About understanding every that word I write comes from Him. I mean, I {Read More}

3 Questions About Giving Every Parent Should Ask

3 Questions About Giving Every Parent Should Ask   This summer I was blessed to travel to Kenya to meet with some amazing men and women who are using AWANA clubs ( to disciple children to know Jesus and know His Word. We visited six schools, each with 200+ students. My heart was drawn to the kids who praised God with smiling faces, even though many of them were orphans and had little or nothing of their own. It was easy {Read More}

4 Steps to a Heavenly Family

4 Steps to a Heavenly Family When my kids were younger I’d pray about them finding good jobs, a good spouse, and become productive members of society. I still pray for those things, but I also pray for more now. I pray my children will be citizens of heaven and that God will use them to lead others to be part of this heavenly family. So how has God led guided my husband and I in doing this? 1. Look {Read More}

Best Places to Spread Out a Spring or Summer Picnic

Best Places to Spread Out a Spring or Summer Picnic I don’t know about you, but about this time of year, I am ready for summer. I’m ready for flowers to bloom, leaves on the trees, stepping outside and feeling the warm sun on my skin, wearing shorts and sundresses. Do you feel the same way? What’s my other favorite part of summer? Spending time outside, whether it’s a family vacation, a barbecue with my kids and neighbors in our {Read More}

A Visitor’s Guide to Berlin, Ohio

I’ve been married to John for twenty-four years. Some women show their men they love them by providing a back rub or going on a hike. I display my love by bringing home cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. Thankfully, I found the perfect place to stock up when I visited one of my favorite places, Berlin, Ohio. Heini’s Cheese Chalet is evidence of what can happen when a hardworking couple dreams together, and works together to see that dream {Read More}

A Trip Through Amish Country

Last Memorial Day weekend my husband and I traveled to Shipshewana, Indiana—Amish country! We went for a few reasons: I’m writing a true story of an ex-Amish couple and my publisher Zondervan met us to do a video shoot. (A Simple Hope will be out spring 2014!) I had a book signing for my new book The Promise Box at The Blue Gate Restaurant. I had plans to hang out with my ex-Amish friends and their Amish families. I was {Read More}

Best Places to Spread Out a Summer Picnic

There is nothing more romantic than a summer picnic with the man you love. It’s a beautiful outdoor date. Here are four wonderful places to have one! {Hurry, though, you only have a few weeks of summer left! Or use these ideas to plan next summer’s vacation!} Halstatt, Austria I traveled to Halstatt with my husband, John, in 2002. It’s a picturesque village of less than 1,000 people in Austria. Halstatt is known for its salt mines, dating back to prehistoric {Read More}

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