Emotional Oneness

I’m continuing the oneness discussion over at Applegate Summers today…(thanks Jenn for allowing me to take over your blog on Mondays). If you missed last weeks post on what the “Oneness Experience” is about, you can read all about it here. Oneness in marriage is a pretty incredible thing. Paul referred to it as “a mystery” in Ephesians 5. To fully grasp or understand it all is difficult, but when we begin to evaluate the different areas of our marriage, it helps us to see how we are doing. Maybe this is why this oneness concept was…

Hour Seven. Oneness.

I’m thrilled to partner with my dear friend, Jenn, over at Applegate Summers today as she participates in 31 days led by The Nester. Filipe and I met Jenn, and her husband Kevin, in college and cherish any chance we get to spend time with them- they are some of the most encouraging and uplifting people to be around. Jenn is posting every day for 31 days about how to love your husband. I love her heart to do this and know it will bless you so. You’re doing awesome Jenn!! I love it when my husband…

Adoption Update: Dossier Sent!

What’s Happening: I apologize for the lack of updates lately. But there’s not been much to say. Over the last six weeks, our paperwork has been en route to different state offices across the country, the U.S. State Department, and two different Brazilian Consulates here in the U.S. It felt like a miracle to get them all signed, stamped, and returned. Saturday I received our final document. Sunday afternoon I stood at the copy machine for over an hour copying all of our paperwork. Yesterday I mailed it off to our agency. Our dossier is…

We Need Each Other

This past Sunday at South Bay Church I had a great conversation with a first-time guest. He started by sharing how much he enjoyed the service and was impacted by his entire experience that morning. I just stood there listening as he began to open up and share why he decided to come that day. After all, it was a Yelp search that directed him to South Bay and he was looking for help. This man was led to Christ several years ago by another local pastor who discipled him and trained him in ministry….

The Cost of Risk

The thing about risk is that there is a cost. I don’t think its possible to take a risk and find more comfort/security…and least not immediately. They just don’t go together. And that’s where we get hung up. We see an opportunity- maybe it’s job-related or ministry-related. We believe in it and we’re passionate about it. But we want certainty. We want our lifestyle to stay the same, we want our relationships to stay the same, we want our bank accounts to stay the same, we want ______________ to stay the same. But, if we’re…

Taking a Risk

Five years ago Sunday our family moved from South Carolina to California to join the South Bay team and start South Bay Church. We came with two kids, one vehicle, a 4×6 trailer, and all that could fit inside. September 1st, 2008 was a day full of excitement and anticipation. It was a time of celebration for us, our team, and South Bay Church- all nine of us! (With Capo that would be 10. I think when you’re church planting, dogs are allowed in the count before launch day- pretty sure it’s in the rule book.)…

Writing and Fasting

Back in June I had the opportunity to write an article for an online magazine on the subject of fasting. I was thrilled to write it because I’ve had numerous experiences with fasting. Of course, as often happens throughout the writing process, I was overcome with the feeling of, why in the world am I writing this. I felt completely inadequate and in over my head. But I forged ahead and just began typing. It wasn’t an easy thing to write, but I enjoy the process immensely. If you’d like to read it or want…

Everything {A Review & A Giveaway}

I’m slowly coming around…to blogging again that is. Summertime just has its way of letting my thoughts wander and linger. And I just don’t feel a sense of urgency to get them down and onto the page (or screen). But alas, the day does come when I begin again. I’ve gone round and round enough times in the blogging calendar to recognize the cycle and don’t get too worked up over it. Forcing things just doesn’t work for anyone if ya know what I mean. So, I’m kicking things off with a book review and…

Letting Go of Summer

All good things must come to an end. We’ve had a great summer together. Fun & family was our focus and I think we did a pretty good job at that. I spent many Saturday mornings at the farmer’s market. Lily took up writing this summer (completely on her own) She’s written four “books”. The other day she declared that math was not, in fact, her favorite subject anymore, but writing is. “It’s so easy!”, she said. Cailyn know’s how to turn every mundane moment into a party- even if it is just making her very…

Changing Lives through Lifesong Farms

Lifesong is partnering with us in our adoption journey. Their mission is, “bringing joy and purpose to orphans”. Once a month I will feature their blog so that you can learn more about them, their ministry, and the amazing work they do. Lifesong Farms. Through the partnership and expertise from our friends at Plant Sciences, Inc., jobs have been created for in-county orphan caregivers and orphan graduates who are transitioning into adulthood. The goal of Lifesong Farms is to not only benefit these individuals with employment, but also to establish sustainable businesses to help fund…

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