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a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not

I just love and am forever grateful for my family! I am also incredibly grateful for Paul’s & my families of origin, our bonus family members, and close friends who are as family to us. But here on this page, I am speaking about our intimate family – my husband Paul & me, and the six amazing children God gave us. Although our children are now grown and no longer completely dependent on us, we are interdependent on one another in numerous ways and will be forever connected in ever-changing ways as our relationships continue to grow and develop. Simply put, my family is the best gift God has given me, and each person in my family is the delight of my heart! You’ll meet each of us in various ways on this website – Paul, Karen, Peter, Jonathan, Michael, Cascade, Karis, Esther. I share openly on this blog, in the hope that our authentic-and-often-messy journey will encourage you in some way, whether our paths are similar or vastly different. I pray that in your own journey of life, you will know and experience the transforming love of God, so that you can be and do all that God created you to be and do (The Father’s Love Letter does a good job of explaining this further)! This blog is a continual work in progress, as we are, so please bear with me and check back from time to time 🙂 Let me know how I may encourage you in your family journey!

Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.” (Psalm 127:3, NLT)
How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along! . . . Yes, that’s where God commands the blessing, ordains eternal life.” (Psalm 133, The Message)
God settles the solitary in a home” (Psalm 68:6, ESV).
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NLT)
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.” (Colossians 3:13-15, NLT)
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” (Romans 12:18, ESV)
A friend is there to help, in any situation, and relatives are born to share our troubles.” (Proverbs 17:17, CEV)
The LORD watch between you and me, when we are out of one another’s sight.” [Mizpah] (Genesis 31:49, ESV)

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