To Know You

I know your thick, rough hands, scarred with hard work. They steady me.

I know your raspy voice, it drew me in, it holds me still.

I know your love for me, your desire. It makes me beautiful.

I know the heart within that beats for your family, your God. It is my constant.

Finding you all those years ago, was a gift.

But knowing you has been the greatest discovery of my life.

And now, we celebrate sixteen years.

-1 year of discovery

-1 year of living on love

-3 long years of infertility

-1 year of living on faith

-1 year of transition

-3 years where we grew up, apart, back together

-1 year of rebuilding our marriage

-4 years of loving a free man

-almost 1 year in our new God-journey

-16 years, I’ve loved you through it all.


How long have YOU been married??


*Updated with Winner* Congrats to reader Sara (!

You march to the beat of your own {pink} boots:

I started this blog when you were 8 months old.  Since then…

Oh and you don’t mind getting your way:

Today, you are 4. You are ours.

(And yes, you still have to take naps, but not today).

Happy Birthday, *Pocket Change!

*nickname given to her by her Daddy the night she was born, 8 weeks too early and just the size of pocket change. You can read her birth story, Her Name is Grace Because He is Amazing.

To celebrate, I’m giving this lovely DaySpring piece away today:

You can read about this lovely item here. $65 value

** we also call her the dog’s name…sometimes

To enter, just wish E. Grace a happy birthday!

WFMW: Group Deals are HOT

I’m sure by now you’ve heard of or signed up for Groupon. It’s amazing online deals for local cities! I’m hooked and have saved a bundle.

I was excited to hear about another similar site called Mamapedia-sweet deals at 50% off –customized for Moms!

It’s easy to use!

“We’ve partnered with some of the most in-demand businesses and providers to bring you incredible discounts on the products and services you know and love. From family-friendly restaurants to children’s museums to spa days, Mamapedia Sweet Deals help make life easier and more enjoyable for busy moms and their families. Best of all, they help you stick to your budget and boost your savings—and that’s a perk every mom can appreciate.” -Mamapedia

Check out today’s deal and sign up to get future deals in your inbox. You can snag them or pass on them.

Yesterday, I got a subscription to Family Fun Magazine for FREE! If you sign up, you get a $5 credit and the magazine subscription is half price at only $5, so I got it FREE! Makes a perfect last minute gift. The deal is still going if you want to snag it!

Group deals work for me! What works for you?

Please note: Wednesday, Dec. 22 and 29, we will be having WFMW. We will start off January 5th with a themed edition: What Doesn’t Work for You!

[trying a new linky program…if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work for me!]

The Crisis-Part II

[part 1]

I never planned to care about orphans or their plight.

I’m just a regular mom, with a mortgage and carpool, who loves sweet tea and home decor.

But caring for orphans was God’s plan for me.

And before you sigh in relief…….

it is God’s plan for you.

Every believer in Christ should be actively involved in the global orphan crisis. We should all ask God, “Should we adopt??” If the answer is no, than that is just the beginning–not the end.

If we believe the Word of God, James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” then we all have a responsibility.

True religion: That’s what summed it up for me. If I want to follow Christ, then caring for orphans, widows, the poor, is a basic requirement of Christianity.

In conjunction with the Idea Camp, here’s part one of an interview they did with my husband and I:

!C//ORPHAN – Kristen Welch from The Idea Camp on Vimeo.

[part III: What Can We Do to Help The Orphan Crisis-coming soon]


My favorite, favorite, favorite time of  the day in December is lighting our Advent wreath during dinner and reading together from The Book.

It’s never perfect, usually loud, mostly messy, sometimes holy and always memorable.

Our youngest (turning 4 this week!) usually recaps with her own interpretation. (I’m pretty sure when she starts talking about Adam and Eve, she’s preaching, but when she mentions Ariel-it’s a stretch).

What are you enjoying most about this season?

Every Story Whispers His Name

It’s a colorful book, with bright pictures and engaging stories.

It’s a children’s Bible for ages 4-7.

And I can’t put it down.

I brought it home for my little girl to hold close to her heart. But the words in the The Jesus Storybook Bible have made their way into mine. I am captured.

Every story, from Adam and Eve to Saul, from Noah to the prodigal son, whispers the name of Jesus. The author follows The Author’s lead and every story points back or ties in the work of Jesus Christ. I have learned so much and it’s opened the Word of God up to me.

I cried when I read it the first time. I use it for devotions. I trade gummy bears with my little girl to borrow it.

“The Bible is most of all a Story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far counry to win back his lost reasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne–everything–to rescue the one he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!

You see, the best thing about this Story is –it’s true.

There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story. The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.

It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby. Every Story in the Bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle–the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture.”

For me, this is more than a book about The Bible. It’s a reminder that my life, each chapter, every day that creates my story, should whisper His name. When my life is read, I want the pages to point people in the direction of The One who matters most.

Can you hear it? The whispering….