Ian speaks.

I’m so proud of Ian. I admire him. I respect him. I love him. He is so wonderful.

Others must notice what an amazing man he is, too. Ian has been asked to speak at our high school’s Baccalaureate service next month. He will be addressing the graduating classes of three high schools and their families and friends. I cannot wait to hear what he comes up with!!! I expect humor and wisdom, but most of all, the thoughts of an honest and Godly man. If you’d like more details, let me know. šŸ™‚

Update. Ian’s new legs.

I haven’t updated on Ian lately. Here goes. The good news is: Ian got new legs which will be permanent in a few weeks (once the fit is adjusted.) The bad news: the new legs are terribly uncomfortable.

He got them last Wednesday.. Went in to get them adjusted Friday because they hurt so badly, and is going in again tomorrow morning to see what else can be done. He says that they are really tight and painful. They also use a different type of liner and vacuum system to keep them on… So, since there are several variables we aren’t quite sure how to fix the problem. Please pray for his appointment tomorrow to go well. We get discouraged when his legs don’t fit well. It seems to slow him down and make everything else more difficult.

On another note, pray for those affected by the bombings in Boston. I heard on the news that many people had severe trauma to their lower extremities and may result in amputations. If so, these people will have a very real new life to adjust to. I sooooooo want to send Ian over there to encourage these people!!

Love, denisse




If I’ve ever given anyone the impression that I have it together, please let me assure you that I do not. This week has been hard. I’m glad to welcome a new week tomorrow…

Maybe it was the fact that I did not work out even once this week (I worked out three times last week) OR maybe that my boys threw fits every time I turned the corner (stores, restaurants, naptime, you name it)… OR maybe because I was discouraged that Ian’s new legs hurt him so badly that he had to come home instead of meeting a friend for breakfast. Maybe all of those combined, among other things. I’m ashamed to admit that my kids ate cereal bars for breakfast everyday. I made muffins one evening to give them for breakfast the next morning and they didn’t like them. Boo. We had takeout for most dinners just because I didn’t want to make a mess and have to clean up the kitchen. I didn’t even clean up toys on some evenings. Why? They were going to get played with the next day, right? We skipped Emma’s soccer practice Thursday and Jack lost the privilege of going to his soccer game after throwing an awful tantrum Saturday morning. The tantrum was because I gave him ONE pop tart instead of TWO. He screamed and cried for 30 minutes because he wanted TWO pop tarts. Lord have mercy.

I am not perfect. I try to be a good wife and mom. But I’m tired and can easily get discouraged. In this season of mothering, I just can’t seem to get it together. I have a running to-do list in my head that I never get to. However, I’m grateful that my kids are warm at night and go to bed with full bellies. With that, I consider the day a success. There will always be dishes in the sink and laundry to fold. On days that are especially long, I think of the following verse…

Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Thank you, Jesus!

Friday afternoon the weather was so nice that we all sat outside in our front yard and played. After a long day I reflected on how much fun it is to be a mom and how wonderful the moments with my children are. I love to see their smiles and hear their laughter. I pray that God gives me many more years of life with them. My job of being their mom is not always easy and doesn’t come without challenges, but I believe that God has chosen this path for me. So, I will do my best at it.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…” Colossians 3:23

Whether you are a stay at home mom like me, or work full time, or whatever you do, let’s do it with joy in our hearts. Let’s do it for the Lord!