What Love Looks Like

Reflecting on one of our wedding photos, I am shocked how fast ten years have gone by just like that! My parents and lots of older friends and family really were trying to give me good advice for all the times they’d say, “Enjoy the moment, time goes by quickly. You’ll blink and years will…

He Refreshes My Soul

Winter in England brings out descriptive words of dark, grey, cold, and damp. Before 25th December, bad weather is tolerated since the anticipation of Christmas festivities outweighs the annoyance of dreary, cold weather. But after Christmas and especially into January and February, I long for signs of spring. It’s not been a particularly cold winter,…

If Only

Looking through some of my old writings this week, I came across this little article from July 2007 that made me smile. Even being twelve and a half years later, the words below still have truth and relevance for my life today. Growing up and finding purpose as a young adult can be difficult. I…

Jesus In My Heart

My daughter, Anna who is six years old, has been very curious about when her brother Luke, three years old, will officially become a child of God. We actively live out our faith, including with the kids and sharing with them who God is through prayer, Bible stories, and chats about Him. Whenever it has…

A Season of Rest

At the start of 2019, I felt like God placed on my heart the word community, as in nurturing and growing a sense of community specifically within Charlie's family. In a previous post, Bumps, Bruises, and Scars I shared indirectly about a couple we know who had been hurt by other members of their family…

Light Of The World

A few months ago, we met up with Charlie's uncle and aunt at St. Paul's Cathedral in the heart of London. It was a treat for my birthday and we all enjoyed taking in the amazing architecture and history. But despite the multitude of monuments, the one thing I was intent on seeing was a…

Learning To Be Versatile

As a reader of Rest & Chaos Blog, I was honoured to be nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award, a blogger-to-blogger award. Visit Collene's lovely blog for Christian encouragement and inspiration! She is a wonderfully, thoughtful writer who shares from her heart. I decided to participate because it is great to learn more about the…

Best Gift Ever

The presents have been opened, carol services attended, and probably far too much food has been consumed in many households. Christmas Day has been and passed for this year, but I'm deliberately lingering in the beautiful wonder of the best gift ever. Since childhood, the Nativity scene has intrigued me. I would annually take time…

Sugar Cookie Kindness

The kids and I recently baked and decorated sugar cookies. They were not bakery quality but they were absolutely beautiful to me because of the little hands that enjoyed being artistic with icing sugar and sprinkles! I was instantly taken back to my own childhood memories again. Isn't that interesting how deep buried memories can…

Living Up To My Name

It's not always easy to live up to a name but especially when yours is Joy. The inspiration of my name came from my godmother, also named Joy, as well as the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, etc. (Galatians 5:22) I was one of the only Joy's I knew growing up…