7/52 small group

I’ll let you in on a little secret. I do not like to bake. More specifically, I don’t like to make desserts. I have this girlfriend–desserts are her jam. Completely. Whenever we go to her home, she has a full-on dessert bar. Picture in your mind a brunch-sized dessert buffet. But, at your girlfriend’s house….

3/52 small group

Six years of life. 156 times around the table.  Countless prayers & hundreds of emails. We’ve rejoiced over babies, longed for babies, mourned babies. We’ve shared great parent teacher conferences, encouraged one another with struggling students and prayed for our kid’s classrooms. We’ve cried over jobs–needing a job, hating a job, wishing for a job and…

what is your dream?

“Where people where hurting, he stepped in to help. Sometimes it didn’t go well, but he kept going. Some days were hard, but he kept going. Love does that, it keeps going. Even when things are dark. Things won’t always be awesome, but your response can be. Isn’t it cool that we can change things?…

2/52 the Bubars

Growing up, I didn’t have an appreciation of the value of being rooted in a small(er) community for a long period of time . I’ve grown to have deep love for the people who’ve loved my people for many years–the countless families who have gotten into the trenches–celebrating & rejoicing in the good, weeping &…

5 Winter boredom busters!

Waking to blowing and drifting snow and sub-zero temperatures had mixed reviews from the various members of my family. My daughter was elated, exclaiming, “I bet we’ll not have school again tomorrow!” I found myself wondering if it was possible to ski to Starbucks. My husband, as if reading my thoughts, mentioned that the grocery store…

our garden was eaten by a jungle.

It was early June before we got our garden planted and it seemed as though nothing would ever grow. My friends would boast of their dinnertime feasts–beans, lettuce, broccoli–all homegrown and delicious. I admit it, I was green with envy. Daily, I would walk to the backyard, whispering sweet nothings to our plants, urging them to grow….

Celebrating my royal princess.

We’re not ashamed to admit we’ve been captivated with the Royal baby. We’ve had more fun guessing if it would be a boy or a girl, when it would be born, what he/she would be named, etc. There’s something so magical about being part of the royal family: the glitz & glitter, the pomp & circumstance,…

Grandma’s sweet-n-sour pickles

  Just as with the delicious dill pickles from yesterday that you can find here, Grandma’s sweet-n-sour pickles are a summertime staple in our home. In fact, I cannot possibly consume a burger, grilled sausage or cracker with cheese without one of these crunchy pieces of sunshine on top. There is just something magical about the…

3-Day Sun Pickle Tutorial

If there was a pickle-eaters anonymous; I would have to join. The sure sign of a serious habit? Your family begins to cower and hide, watching as the last of the pickles disappear. Are they really that good? You ask. Yes, really. When I fail to put the pickles out a party, my friends are all too quick to…

hungry kid gets beach ready!

We’ve been spending time up North with family this week–it’s been wonderful! Here are some of Schaeffer’s ‘must-haves’ for a day spent at the pool. What about you, friends–how have you been beating the heat? Spending countless hours at your local pool or lake? Holing up inside watching favorite movies and reading books? We’d love…