• Faith on Fire,  Family First

    Finding Joy in Family

    As I am writing posts today, I am keeping close to my sick kiddo. So many bugs are going around, who really knows which one he has. He kept me up most of the night tossing and turning, and the “cuddles” he wanted were more like a spinning, sweaty tornado.  However as I sipped my cup of coffee this morning, all I felt was blessed. Blessed that I had a kiddo to watch over. My husband and I were unable to have children for 14 years. We became just two old shoes who answered each other’s sentences. And now we are a trio of endless possibilities! Family for me is…

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    Family Expectations: We are all unique.

    Contributed by Jessica Clemens If you are a first-time reader, you may not realize how important our family connection is to us. For those of you who have been following us, you know that most of what we do in life involves our family, or that time for family is what we strive for. Our blog is written by three sisters from three different walks of life. We have very diverse careers, are parenting at different stages in life, and have husbands that couldn’t be more different! However, there is one thread that keeps us close and that is family. Family connections can be tough for some. We often hear…

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    The Love of Friday Night Suppers

    Earlier this month we celebrated recapping our third annual family camp. Shortly after our first camp, there were a few family members in the same community that wanted to keep recreating the amazing time we had. We decided to try having Sunday family dinners after church like we did growing up. We were successful for a few months and then became totally derailed. We found that we had events to go to and just wanted to be home to prepare for the week ahead. We missed the concept of getting together and thought “let’s try another night.” We opted for Friday nights as most often none of us had much…

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    Let Memories Just Happen

    As we navigate life, we are continually making memories. Some are ones we would love to recreate. Others we wish we could forget. For the ones that we want to recreate, do we stop to think about what made them so special? Often we lose what made that special over time. We forget the details, but we remember the awesomeness that we experienced. We also fret and stress when things go wrong. We hyperfocus on the time that had an epic fail in public or when we made a fool of ourselves at work. We choose to make family holidays a stressful time because a member has lost their way…

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    Third Annual Family Camp Recap

    Yay….we just completed year three of our annual family camp!!! Seems incidental to some, but for our overworked, unadventurous family it is a milestone. This started as a small thought to try to connect cousins for more time together and find time for us as siblings to connect more than just the rushed holidays. However, it has become so much more! Each year we take away something new. We gain a bigger piece of who we are. We inspire our kids to just be kids. We all throw the worries of our crazy society away. We find time and ways to connect that we wouldn’t otherwise do. Here are some…