Are green coffee beans a weight loss miracle pill?

As I am sure you have noticed, the internet has been all abuzz lately about Dr. Oz’s recent run in with the Senate’s Consumer Protection panel. If you have no clue what I am talking about, then count your lucky stars. And if I’ve piqued your interest, head over to CNN for a concise article that details the charges against Dr. Oz and the misleading claims he has made about chlorogenic acid (aka green coffee beans) and gardenia... Read More

Operation Christmas Child

Every year my Mom organizes the Operation Christmas Child event at our church. On Sunday morning we got together as a congregation to wrap and fill 40+ shoe boxes to send to children around the world. This is just one way that we can help to spread the joy of Christmas to others who may not know of Jesus love. Visit the Operation Christmas child website to learn more about this worthy charity and read about packing a shoe box for a child in need.... Read More


On Tuesday mornings, Matthew and I attend a bible study at a nearby South Minneapolis church. This is time that I commune with my sisters in Christ, who are soon becoming close friends, and Matthew can socialize with other little ones his age. It is an invaluable time for both of us to learn and explore. During the bible study hour I am watching the Beth Moore DVD study Here and Now, Then and There, which is a lecture series on Revelation. For the... Read More

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas…

“…yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42 As Christmas nears I find myself getting more and more strapped for personal time. There are so many things that I would like to do, people I would like to visit and experiences I would like to enjoy with Matthew. However, it seems that there are just not enough hours in every day to do all that I would like – which I am ok with. I tend to get caught up in the perfection of... Read More

Monday Afternoon Encouragement

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9  Read More

Thankful in the Waiting Room

I just read this wonderful post on being being Thankful in the Waiting Room by Passionate Homemaking monthly contributor, Natalie Didlake. This is a must-read for anyone who is feeling discouraged by playing the waiting game with God. Sometimes it’s difficult to feel thankful and positive while you are waiting for God to show you the next chapter of your life. This post hit home because our family is in a season of change… Over the next... Read More

Operation Christmas Child

Every year, my Mom organizes a shoe box packing party for the Sunday School children at our church. Yesterday we wrapped and packed 58 shoe boxes full of toys, books, office supplies and hygiene items to bless children around the world. Every year we have an amazing time gathering as a congregation in fellowship while helping those less fortunate than us. If you are not familiar with the work of Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child,... Read More

Lord, I Want to Know You

What did you have for breakfast this morning? We had Kefir French Toast with homemade gluten-free bread. It was so delicious and simple! Why don’t I make this recipe more often? — My best friend, Melissa, and I are reading and discussing Lord, I Want to Know You by Kay Arthur, a devotional study on the names of the Lord. Today I spent Matthew’s nap time catching up on my reading for our planned phone conversation tomorrow afternoon.... Read More

Why Live Clean?

Matthew eating pesto As I was writing this post, sitting on the floor with Matthew. He stood up, using my shoulder and then he let go and stood up on his own for 10 seconds, then sat down. So exciting! Now he and Allan laughing and playing with blocks. The following is a post that I created for the mmm section of my blog, it can be found in the drop down and is titled Why Live Clean?. It is my reasoning for living clean. When I wrote this post, Allan... Read More

Happy Anniversary to the Love of my Life

Five years ago today I married the love of my life. Allan has loved me unconditionally through thick… and thin. We have been there for each other through the good and the bad. Every day that we are together is genuinely a gift from God. Having Allan in my life has brought me the most joy that I have ever experienced and the most pain that I have ever known. Two years ago when a terrible tragedy almost took Allan away from us, I vowed to... Read More

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s day to all of the mothers, soon-to-be mothers, new mothers and grandmothers! I hope that you are enjoying your day. Matthew and I reading The Mommy Book Even though this is my first Mother’s Day with Matthew, I am finding it difficult to think of Mother’s Day as a special day for me. I would much rather focus on the other special women in our life… Grandmas. My mom, my sister, Matthew and I   My mother-in-law,... Read More

Chili and Cornbread for a Crowd

Sunday is our family day. We wake up early and attend church as a family. Spending the morning worshiping God with Grandma and Grandpa Malcolm is always a lot of fun. Sunday is also the day that I make something fancy for dinner. Some weeks I make pork tenderloin with roasted veggies and apples, other weeks we enjoy grilled and glazed salmon with homemade pineapple chutney, then there are the days that I let a big ol’ pot of something delicious... Read More