Quite a few people have asked where I got my journaling Bible. It's a beautiful TruTone ESV Journaling Bible with an imitation leather cover. I actually bought mine at Hobby Lobby, but it is also available on Amazon. I love it because I can make all sorts of notes on the edges. For the more creative types, you can also do hand lettering along the edges too. At the same time it's not too large or unwieldy. I also have an ESV Study Bible, but that thing is a bit of a beast, and not as much fun to carry around,...

While it’s not always simple as this, just remember that free range is typically > cage free which is always > caged. Free range chickens lay eggs that are more nutrient dense because the hens themselves have access to more nutrients, and they live a more stress free life. Organic is not always the best indicator of quality of life of chickens or nutrient density of eggs. ...

The song "None But Jesus" by HIllsong United is on my heart today. I don’t know about you, but it’s been hard for me recently to find the quiet, the stillness. And yet I know it’s so good for me. Lord, help me today to return to that secret place of your presence. “Be still, and know that I am God.I will be exalted among the nations.I will be exalted in the earth!”Psalm 46:10 None But Jesus - Hillsong United In the quiet, in the stillnessI know that You are GodIn the secret of Your presenceI know there I am restored When...

I need and am passionate about finding true rest. When I was a bachelor, and even when I was newly married, I did not realize this about myself. However, when I entered the season of parenthood and took on the role of not just a husband, but a father and all the responsibilities that came with it, this part of my personality and character became apparent. Real, soul-satisfying rest was elusive and did not come naturally. I remember one time Christine and I discussing my commute to work. Her - “You are all alone in the car. You are not working,...

I originally bought these Tombow Twintone pens when I was trying to get into hand lettering, but I've recently found that they make are perfect for taking notes and journaling in my Bible. A couple month ago, I decided to buy a journaling Bible, and didn't like the harshness of writing in it with regular pens. I love that Twintone pens have two sides - a thicker one that I can use for underlining, highlighting, and even lettering or drawing in the margins, and a thin tip side for taking smaller notes. The pens come in sets of 12 -...

"Every person on earth is somewhere on the journey from orphan to so ship." - Restoring the Foundations The fall of mankind separated us forever from our Father, our Creator. Yet since that very moment that Adam & Eve chose sin, the Lord has been working to restore us into the relationship we once had with him. Jesus made the way for us to no longer be orphans, but to be adopted once again as sons and daughters of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Does this change your perspective of the people around you? It does for me. When...

“It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths." For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from...

We have had the blessing and privilege to have gotten to know Kelly and her family in the 4 years we lived in the St. Louis area. They are the real deal - if you need help, they are the first ones to extend their hands. They love Jesus, they love people, and they have a huge heart for children in foster care. They have adopted a child through the foster care system, and Kelly is the director of Royal Family Kids Camp Columbia, an annual sleepaway camp specifically for young children in foster care. Even if you don't have any...

My boys and I are in love with this beautifully illustrated collection by Julia Rothman featuring Farm, Food & Nature Anatomy. Not only does it come with three thick books filled page to page with gorgeous illustrations, but also 10 prints on heavy cardstock that are ready to be framed. The Julia Rothman Collection makes for a perfect gift for a curious, nature loving child. As I'm writing this, it is currently on sale on Amazon for $30.17 for the entire set! Here's the Amazon link to purchase Julia Rothman's Collection (if you use this link to purchase, I do get...

Before this season of our lives, friends have asked me if I’d ever consider homeschooling. I‘d always laughed and emphatically responded, “no way, I’d be terrible at it!!”  Well, God sure has a funny way of stretching us to do things we’d never thought we were capable of doing. With all the transition of moving with only a couple months to go in the school year, as well as not knowing exactly where we’ll be living long term, and recognizing that the rural mountain towns we may eventually end up in will possibly not have great schools, all these things have made...