Monthly Archives: June 2013


The MOMS are in Time Out

“To everything there is a season…” Ecclesiastes 3:1a

By: Jennifer Mullen

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Everything has its season. Being a teacher, I have kept a school calendar since I started kindergarten…well I guess that would be since I knew what a calendar was. 🙂 It is summer time, and it is time to refuel!

The MOMS feel that it is time to take a sabbatical from the blog.  Gretchen and I both have children who will be entering kindergarten in a few weeks.  Sarah’s eldest child will be starting his college career.  Dana is busy making preparations for the next year as co-coordinator of her MOPS group. Jennifer Clark is on her summer break at school.  And Kerri is adjusting to her new surroundings half-way across the world.  It is vital that we recognize the importance of transition for each of these seasons in our own lives and allow ourselves to give undivided attention to our situations. We plan to return in mid-August. Continue reading

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Summer Reading List: From Pre-School to Middle School

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Summer Read Aloud

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

By: Jennifer Clark

As a teacher, I am often asked by parents what they can do to help their children in school. My answer is simple: read.

Read to your children.  Read with your children.  Read in front of your children. I am very lucky. I had a dad who read to me every night and took me to the library often. He instilled in me a deep love of reading that lasts to this day.


With that in mind and in connection with our Summer Read Aloud Challenge, I have compiled a summer reading list for young children through middle school. Continue reading


In All Circumstances: The Heartache of Miscarriage

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

By Guest Contributor: Heather Sines

mosaicOver the years I have heard of, and have known a few, people who have had a miscarriage.  While I couldn’t identify with them I did wonder how they dealt with it.  How hard that must be to lose a most wanted child.  Because of that, I didn’t know what to say to them or even if I should say anything.

In November of 2011, four days before Thanksgiving, I found out I was pregnant with baby #2.  Our son was only 8 months old, and I was a little shocked at the thought of have 2 kids so close together.  My husband, on the other hand, was excited and thought it would be fun.  Slowly his enthusiasm rubbed off on me and I started planning.  We would need another crib, a double stroller, I would need to pull out all of the baby clothes. The  lists started. One week later it wouldn’t matter. I had started miscarrying. We had just moved to the area and I still didn’t have a doctor. I didn’t know who to call or where to go. After my husband called around, he found a VERY nice doctor that squeezed me into his busy schedule. He explained the different possibilities and calmed my nerves. He said if I was indeed miscarrying I would know soon.  And I did. Continue reading


Packing the Car for Adventure

“Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.” Psalm 43:3

By: Dana Baran

I am trying very hard to get out of my routine and be ready for God to lead us to adventures as a family this summer. Part of the fun and thrill of adventuring is that it could happen any moment! But I’ve found with a one year old in tow it’s not so easy to be spontaneous, especially when it takes a good hour or two just to gather the supplies needed in order to go play in the water, take a hike, or spend the afternoon at the park. I decided there must be a way to both be prepared and have an unplanned adventure. It just takes a bit of organization, tucking necessary and handy items into the car so that they are all ready to go whenever we decide to take off for fun and excitement, instead of having to rush around collecting items and forgetting something vital (like a towel or a sippy cup). Continue reading


Living the Adventure

“He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.”  Matt. 14:29

By: Dana Baran

I come from a family of adventurers. When I was ten, we sold our house in Southern California and moved to the mountains of Colorado, where we lived on thirty-five acres off a mile long dirt road. Winters were long (did I mention our only heat source was a wood stove?) and summers were beautiful. A few years later we leased out our house, bought a motor-home, and spent the next year touring the U.S. and Canada. We made it to forty-seven of the lower forty-eight States (somehow we missed Michigan, chased away by the man-sized mosquitoes no doubt). When I was seventeen I decided to raise money for a mission trip that would take me to France, England, and Northern Ireland (this was in 1998, just months after the last cease-fire agreement was signed). My parents gave me their full blessing and support, though Mom shakes her head now wondering how she ever let me go. At twenty-four I gave up a great job teaching fourth grade in order to spend a year teaching kindergarten at a Christian school in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. I did not speak Spanish. I did not know how to teach kindergarten (my certification was 4-8 grade). After marrying my husband, we had more adventures together…swimming with stingrays, racing around on a speedboat, floating down an underground river, climbing up the side of a waterfall.IMG_1376Then came the ultimate adventure, becoming a mom. Talk about a game-changer! Suddenly I’m responsible for a tiny, helpless being that I love more than anything in the world, who makes being spontaneous impossible and who zaps my energy quicker than it takes to heat a cold cup of coffee in the microwave. As I’ve adjusted to nap schedules and diaper bags I’ve found that my sense of adventure has waned. It happened so gradually I didn’t even notice it until God brought it to my attention on this past Memorial Day. Continue reading