Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

  My family adopted our sweet little girl out of the foster care system in 2014. We could tell from the first day we met her, that she was dealing with something. Not quite sure what the cause of her many delays were, we started down the avenue of Early On Education. Every home visit and evaluation would bring about …

Let’s get physical

When I started running in high school, the physical benefits were the last thing on my mind. My parents were forcing me to participate in a sport, and I didn’t know anywhere else where I would be able to see boys running without their shirts every day. Plus my neighbors ran, so it gave me a ride home other than …

You’re Making Me Crazy

‘You’re making me crazy!’ I can’t count the times that these words have come out of my mouth since becoming a parent.  Maybe you’d never dream of saying such a thing to your kids…but seriously when it’s 9 pm and ‘the boy’ still isn’t finished with his homework because he’s spent the last 97 minutes talking about how he needs …

Respect

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” EPH 4:2 R-E-S-P-E-C-T Life can be so difficult sometimes and I’m reminded that we all need to respect one another, for our similarities, differences, struggles and triumphs. I’m currently in a difficult season with an Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis for an aging parent.  As the short term memory …

13.1 Reasons

I am not a journaler or writer! I am definitely not a runner, but here I sit sharing a blog post with you about running. I knew God had an amazing sense of humor when He called me and my two good friends to lead a running group! This post for me is about reflection and realizing when you get …

Rise Up and Pray

It was one of those nights.  I went to bed later than my husband, trying to get some work done in preparation for the coming day.  Though I had only slept 4 hours, I was awakened by it.  You know, “it”.  Not worry, not panic.  Just the deep need to pray. I poured my heart out to God as my …

Ahhhhhhhhh Vacation

“I will search for the lost and bring back the strays……..”   EZE 34:16 Ah, the excitement of readying ourselves for vacation. The packing and list making (of items not to be forgotten), locating sunscreen, swimsuits and water shoes not seen for a couple of seasons; purchasing with anticipation, the new items we didn’t think we could travel without and overpacking …

Developing A Daily Routine

One of my goals for 2017 was to read my Jesus Calling, a book I received about 4 years ago, but not something I had consistently made part of my daily routine. There are a couple key points that made this book something that I felt I could reasonably incorporate it into my daily routine. Its short. Like, an average …

Meet Brie Hettinga

Tell us a little bit about your family.  My husband, Rich, and I have been married almost 14 years! How did that go so fast?! We have 2 kids. Kylen is 9 and Lucas is 7. They keep us laughing and active and of course on our toes. We love just spending time together, whether it’s on vacation (camping is …