Tag: Family

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

Goodbye 2016 This past January I wrote about how our family’s motto for 2016 was “Patient Endurance.” Since God revealed that to me, I shouldn’t be surprised of its relevance, but it was spot on for our past year. In March 2016, I was diagnosed with major depression, and the road to recovery has been a long one. While I’ve made incredible progress, I’m… Read more →


We live in a century-old bungalow that we have slowly renovated over the past six years to make it our own. We’re already planning the next generation of our open living room/dining room space, so I think it’s safe to say that our renovations will probably never be complete, and that’s a good thing. Lately, we seem to be focused on… Read more →

I Hold You

Two months ago, I had the opportunity to write my first ever guest blog post, “I Hold You,” on the lovely and wise Sally Breen’s blog, Stories from the She Shed. Sally is the co-founder of 3DM, and I’m blessed to be able to work with her and her husband, Mike. Here is an excerpt from my guest post: “As a parent of… Read more →

Patient Endurance

2015 was a challenging year for our little family, and deep down I think we knew it would be—we just didn’t know all the reasons why. So when I was challenged to come up with a guiding word or phrase for 2016, I really wanted to pick something like “joy,” but after prayerful consideration God led me to “patient endurance.”… Read more →

Lovingly Handcrafted Baby Blankets | Part II

I wanted to share with you a few additional handcrafted items that Lexi received after my blog post, “Lovingly Handcrafted Baby Blankets,” was published. We are so thankful for these mementos! Hand-knit pink-and-grey striped baby blanket made by her Great Aunt Ann, delivered by Great Uncle Mark on one of his business trips to Houston, and from my cousins Hans and Frances Embroidered minky… Read more →

Lovingly Handcrafted Baby Blankets

Just like her mother and grandmother did before her, my mom quilts. Over the years she has lovingly crafted quilts to welcome new babies. She made baby blankets for me and my sisters and now has made gorgeous quilts for both my children. She’s currently planning one for my sister, Kayla, and her husband’s, Dylan, firstborn, due in September. My mom—known to my kids… Read more →

Introducing Alexia Grace

I am thrilled to announce that we welcomed Alexia Grace LeFevre on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 3:13 p.m. She weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19 inches long. She has an interesting birth story all her own, which I’ll share in a later blog post. Since her birth, we’ve had both sets of grandparents travel from Lee’s Summit,… Read more →

Birthing Playlists

For the birth of our son and now the upcoming arrival of our daughter in March, my husband lovingly assembled playlists for me to listen to in the hospital. During labor I found comfort in listening to Levi’s playlist on repeat on my iPhone. Quite poetically, Levi literally entered the world to the last song on his playlist, “I Get… Read more →

Shortcuts for Hosting a Stress-Free Holiday Meal

This year my husband, Dave, and I hosted my parents, sisters and Grandma for Thanksgiving. We’ve hosted several holiday meals since we moved to Texas five years ago, but this is the first Thanksgiving we’ve hosted since we’ve become parents. We weren’t sure how complicated hosting Thanksgiving might become by adding a toddler to the mix, so we intentionally took several shortcuts to… Read more →