Over the last year you have seen my name and picture on this site quite often. I have written forty-four of the articles published and I am not done yet. You get used to reading my writing and how I relate, but I thought you would like to know a few gems about me.
I am the mother to four children (Emalee, McAyla, Candice and Tristen) and they range in age from fourteen (yep, they were right when they said that the teen years are hard for mommas) to eight. My youngest is our only boy and God knew that I needed him. He has so far been the easiest of my children to raise. He is the only one that from infancy slept through the night and only cried when he wanted to be fed or changed. The girls all doted over him and, I must admit, I have as well. Seriously, he has just been what this family needed.
I homeschool all four of these crazy kids (my husband calls them the silly willies). From ninth grade down to third grade, I love homeschooling even on days that are super hard and no kid wants to do their scheduled day’s work, but it is worth it because I get to teach them the Word of God and show them love all day. We have a routine that works for us because we are a very schedule driven family. We like to know what we are doing and when so that we can get things accomplished. This started in me and was passed to each kid. Sometimes I feel a little sorry for it, but mostly I am glad they got it from me because it will help them later in life when they have to an adult even when they don’t want to.
I never would have thought I would have married a military man, but God knew what he was doing. Fifteen years ago this past July I married my best friend. He has been the practical to my impractical. He keeps me grounded when needed and helps me fly when the time is right. He is pretty amazing. He was already a reservist when we met and then went active duty after his first deployment with the army. That is a long story, but if you know military at all you will understand. We moved a lot with the army (also not with the army-long story), but we were able to find family wherever we went within the churches that God clearly wanted us to be part of. They will all forever be our family. David, the number one silly willy, was medically discharged from the army in 2013 and we had no clue what God wanted next.
Turns out it was a time of rest for two years in Missouri. Not exactly where we wanted to be, but we did whatever we could for the church we were at and rested until God showed a way to go back to Alaska. We seriously love this state. You should all come for a visit – I promise you will not regret it in the least. We are in North Pole, Alaska and I NEVER thought possible either, but we are here and guess what? Santa goes to our church! No, truly! He is an awesome God-fearing man who loves every single kid in the church and supports the town greatly. My kids absolutely love him!
We are in this period of searching. We aren’t sure what God has in store here, but I know that Titus II is part of it and I know that God has work for our family here. So, I continue to pray for guidance as we go about our very normal days and worship God in all we do. See, I am a pretty normal mom; cooking, cleaning, taking care of the home front while my husband goes to work. My life is just like yours. Feel like you may want to write for my team? If you are normal, you can write!
Lord, I just want to ask that each person who reads this is blessed. Being normal isn’t always easy because we tend to want to do big things. Sometimes you just want us to do what we are doing because it leads to something bigger. Keep our eyes and hearts focused on you while we walk our normal days. In your name, amen.