Category Archives: Mom Life

Genesis’ Birthday

Genesis turned One this month! Where did the year go?! We had about 30+ people over for a “very hungry caterpillar” birthday. Kasey took some great pics of the party that I’ll post later, but I wanted to show you the birthday girl first.








Having Kids

Category : Mom Life

Having a son has taught me there is adventure in every minute-

Having a daughter has taught me there is whimsy in every moment.

Genesis’ Prayer

Category : Mom Life , Upward Thoughts

We’ve had a lot of questions about why we chose to name our first daughter Genesis– Genesis Grace. The short answer is that I believe she is the start, the beginning, of something great (I’ll share about defining greatness another time.) In truth, we had the name picked out years ago and when we heard that it was a girl we knew she was going to be named Genesis. As the months of anticipation grew, we began to think about what scriptures and what prayers we want to speak into our daughter. This is what we pray for our Genesis Grace every day:

“Genesis Grace”
The beginning of grace

We pray into her life:

Beacon of Grace
“Out of His fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.” John 1:16

Learn Like Mary
“Mary, sat at The Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught…then The Lord said, ‘There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her’.” Luke 10:38,42

Heart like Mary
“While Jesus was eating, a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume and poured it over his head.” Matthew 26:7

Courage of Esther (to stand up for the weak, the oppressed, and the persecuted).
“Who knows if perhaps you have come here for just such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
“I will go to the king…and if I perish, I perish.” v 16
“Grant me my life– this is my petition. And spare my people–this is my request.” Esther 7:3

Embrace the love of her kinsmen redeemer
“Spread the corner of your covering over me, since you are our kinsmen redeemer.” Ruth 3:9

As I was thinking through this prayer, I realized that praying it alone isn’t enough. She is going to need to see all of these things modeled in me. I’m not praying things over her that I wish were in my life– I praying that these things become life to me. This is the legacy I pray I leave for my daughter.


Who needs enemies when you have children!?

Category : Mom Life

What are my plans for evening, you ask? I’m going to get the baby down around 8, spend the next half hour cuddling and watching a movie with my little man before tucking him into bed, quickly clean the last few dinner dishes, then jump into bed and read a book with the window open and cool sea breeze blowing in (maybe even enjoy a cup of decaf coffee with it)…ah, bliss!

That was MY plan. Here is what really happened…

Kasey went to a rugby game (as planned and with my blessing). Genesis went to bed on schedule, but Judah wanted nothing to do with cuddling–he was much too busy “jumping”. So I decided to finish the dishes then tuck Judah in and enjoy a few quiet moments with my favorite toddler (When. Will. I. Ever. Learn.).

Judah comes into the kitchen while I am washing dishes and asks for fruit snacks. I tell him no because he has already had one today. He responds that it is for the baby. I explain the baby is asleep and can’t have fruit snacks. “I go check” was his reply. (I’m sure you can guess what happens next). Before I could stop him, he was in the baby’s room, rubbing her head and asking if she wanted a fruit snack. Grrrrrr…

Needless to say, I spent the next 45 minutes trying to put Genesis back down– trying to convince her it is night time and that was not just a really good nap! Somewhere in between one of Genesis’ crying spells– I get Judah to his bed (now way past his bedtime) and let him watch one show on his tablet.

Finally, Genesis falls back to sleep (and Judah is almost asleep while watching his show), BUT then Kasey comes back from the game. Judah jumps out of bed “I need my daddy” was the only thing he knew would allow him to stay up.

So…we spent the next bit talking with daddy and are just now getting to bed (two hours later than planned.) No book, no coffee (I did try, but it was accidentally spilled while “jumping”), no cuddles.

Oh! and I accidentally flushed a nail brush (my only nail brush) down the toilet…