Gratitude Advent

Advent CHALLENGE Give yourself the gift of perspective. WE ALL NEED MORE GRATITUDE The first known snowflake photographer, Wilson Bentley (1865-1931), wrote this:“Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated. When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.”Each day has beauty that will never happen again. There is beauty that once you sleep will be…

THE CAT THAT GOT AWAY BEDTIME STORIES FOR SALEM

WELL Salem it’s about time for finding a cold floor on a hot day and let the joy of sleeping cool take over. You have lived most of your life in warm climates. Haiti I’m sure still fills your mind with some great memories. One of the ones I hold dear is when your mom…

Dear Twenty-Something Alyssa Haney

A day I was looking for Jesus Do you ever wish you could go back to a certain point in your life and just hug yourself? Tell that girl laying in bed crying herself to sleep, suffocating in unworthiness, that she is so much more than how she feels right then, in that season of…

CAMELS IN CAIRO, BEDTIME STORIES FOR MERRICK AND ATTICUS

MERRICK and ATTICUS from the moment you get off the airplane you know you are somewhere you have never been before. Have you ever flown on a an airplane? When you land in Egypt you know right away this isn’t Miami. This isn’t Maui. This isn’t like anywhere else in the world. Cairo is a city of activity, and a lot of it at night because it is so hot during the day. When you get off the plane you are scanned for a fever. All the security feels a bit nerve-wracking! We had a guide named Mohammed picking us…

Acts 20 Characteristics of the Holy Spirit

Paul had the power of God a complete and total infilling of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit was upon him and within him. There is a passage in the old testament which comes to mind, “not by power nor by might but by my Spirit says the Lord” and this is especially true in this Acts 20 passage. The earth is surrounded by atmosphere for breathing and for life, in a similar way Paul is both filled and surrounded by the Spirit of God. Paul had the strength to travel and teach as directed by the Spirit of God. Jesus…

GRIZZLY BEARS IN CANADA, BEDTIME STORIES FOR SAMSUN

Samsun last summer we spent a long time up in Canada. British Columbia’s Kootenay Rockies are worth seeing and we wanted to head up to Banff National Park too. WE also stayed in Calgary as well during their famous Calgary Stampede. You may want to research this event Samsun as it gathers people from all over the world COWBOY style. YEEHAW. The longest stay was in Fernie with their many hiking and mountain biking trails and expert chocolate maker at the Beanpod. Now about that bear! First off we put our household items in storage in Sandpoint, Idaho and headed up through…

CROCS, HIPPOS, AND ELEPHANTS ON THE NILE, BEDTIME STORIES FOR EMMA

Emma it’s summer and school is out, THANK THE GOOD LORD! I wonder are you staying up later? When I was your age I couldn’t stay up past 9pm. It was a challenge. I even fell asleep at Disneyland. I found a spot where they were selling sweatshirts and I curled up right there and drifted off, lucky for me my mom saw and I didn’t wake up the next morning on those Mickey Mouse sweatshirts. I can fall asleep just about anywhere. Although I would recommend somewhere more comfortable for sleeping. Are you settled in? It’s a good thing…

Rainbow parrotfish, sea turtles and the nurse shark, bedtime stories for Haaken

Well Haaken it’s time to slow down and find your best blanket, you know the one! Let’s have a “cuddle cozy” with mom or dad and a bedtime story. This day is an extra good one, because you were born! HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Haaken there is something you should know about these stories, wait for it… THEY REALLY HAPPENED. Have you ever seen a sea turtle? Me too! My mom LOVES Mexico. It was her favorite vacation destination. And one vacation stands out as the most awesome! During this vacation Jay my older brother by 23 months had the amazing opportunity…