Paul and I had an unexpected blessing back in August of 2017. We where blessed with a trip away together. We ended up having to pay something like $27 for our plan tickets and we of course went to San Diego and stayed with my parents and used their car! 7 whole days just us. It was the first time we have gotten to indulge in such a blessing since becoming parents 10 years ago. Needless to say we had a blast. We also worked through some long overdue misunderstandings and became more unified in purpose and partnership!  Like we totally had one stupid day of fighting and anger and ugly.

While there we got to dream about the future. Something we don’t always do in the thick of everyday life. Almost everyday we would “coffee walkie” Wake up, head to La Jolla and walk for miles as we drink the dark beverage of life! I love those miles. They keep me going in our current season.

While we enjoyed our week of sea air and being still God put a word/theme on our hearts. BE BOLD. Of course we had no idea what that entailed but we were excited to walk it out at home in Kentucky.

Upon returning home we picked up sick kids, I fell and snapped the main ligament in my ankle and struggles at the fire house became discouraging. Huh? How does that and boldness go together!!!

I have learned with my Lord that sometimes he will give encouragement in advance. It may take a good bit of time to understand how good He is in this way.

For me being bold has meant being ok and confident in our schooling looking different. When the Mom has surgery and a recovery that involves not walking on her own 2 feet for months things are not able to look like they once did. On top of that I finally said yes to the Lord about the Charlotte Mason Method of Educating our kids. It is a wonderfully rich method void of my check list I find so comforting. It requires me to truth the Holy Spirit as our teacher of all things and work extremely hard on the pre and planning end of things. Mostly, it was scary for me and after two years of God tugging on my heart about it, Bold meant saying yes.

Out of the blue Paul’s department offered to send him to Medic School. This was a massive answer to prayer that we are confident the we were to be Bold and take up the offer.

This season has been a rough one and it does not end until December. Having said that, our Lord allows and used pressing and trial for such sweet purpose! Our family has had to grow! Its been Do or Don’t make it! Paul practically visits us. The kids had to learn in a crash corse to serve with joy while I couldn’t walk. Paul and I have had to become extremely intentional in our family and US time. All great things.

Did I mention Paul surprised us with a puppy?! 2 weeks before we found out I need surgery! EEK! Meat Hazzard.


There have been so many nuggets gained in this season so far but the one that seems to affect our everyday life the most in our family relationships is this: HUMILITY is the surest, straightest path to UNITY.



I Therefore, a prisoner of the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all HUMILITY and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the UNITY of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Eph. 1:1-3


4 thoughts on “UNITY

  1. Ps. 119:165 says that they who love His instructions have great peace…nothing shall offend them or make them stumble.
    It blesses me to see you continuing to hold fast to His Word, step out in faith, and grow, and grow, and grow…
    I love you precious daughter-inlove ♡♡


  2. Amen, Jess. I didn’t realize that this amazing, unifying trip with Paul came just before the terribly trying time after your surgery. God is so gracious in our humbling moments. He is definitely just as much there now as He was when He walked with you and Paul in La Jolla. So much to praise and thank Him for even now. Boldly hold the vision forth that the Lord gave you. Seek His Face. He wants to be found 😀 Love, Jenny M.


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