Two years and one month after I became a blushing bride– in June 2007, I became a mommy when Ladybug was born. After much prayer, Hubby and I decided to try out me being a stay-at-home-mom for a year (I was a second grade teacher), and see what happened after that. Becoming a stay at home mom after Ladybug was born, was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have no doubt it is what God wanted me to do. In November 2008 (sixteen and a half months after Ladybug was born), Stinkbug was born. I was excited an anxious to have a boy since I grew up with only sisters and (still!) feel like I know nothing about boys! I was blessed again in October 2010 to welcome another little boy, Doodlebug, into our family. We are currently in the adoption process, and hope one day soon another daughter, Lovebug, will complete our family.

Through the years since I walked down the aisle to my handsome groom, I have been on a journey– seeking to become the woman, wife, and mother that God wants me to be.

{…urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Titus 2:4-5}

Before Ladybug was born, I had no idea what my parenting philosophy was. I felt pulled to be a “Babywise parent”, since that seemed like the acceptable “Christian” thing to do. After Ladybug was born, I realized, I wasn’t really Babywise material, and I didn’t agree with all the Babywise methods. I got even more confused when I read The Baby Book by Dr. Sears and realized I wasn’t 100% for the Attachment method of parenting either.

Through God’s infinite daily grace, He has led and guided us as we’re figuring out this parenting gig– but not by the “books”. We’re somewhere in between the books and striving to follow the only Book that really matters.

When Ladybug was two years old, and Stinkbug was 11 months old, we traveled across the ocean blue to begin a new life in a new city where we felt the Lord was calling us. We live in a very large city in Central Asia (thankfully one with Starbucks!) We have set up home here, and are seeking to raise our children in-between our two cultures. Part of this new life for me entails learning the local language as well as local hospitality, and building relationships with local women. I’m trying to navigate this balance of ministering to women, serving and loving my family, keeping house and now, home schooling. It’s tricky, and sure keeps me busy!

I am not a fabulous housekeeper. I hate washing the dishes. I cook simply (and order take out more than I should!)

I ask lots of questions of other women I admire and respect. Nothing beats starting my day by drinking an iced coffee while I read my Bible and pray. I love new pens and journals (alert: total school supply nerd!) but I can’t keep up with a calendar to save my life (paper or digital!) I get an incredible high from creating and being creative. I love my family and want to do the best I can to glorify God in the roles He has entrusted to me. I am surviving on daily grace as the Lord builds My Busy Home.


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