Expectancy

Expectancy changes everything. One’s perspective, planning, and worldview are all shaped and often altered by the expectation of something or someone’s coming.  I’ve thought much about expectancy recently as we are anticipating the arrival of our third son around Christmas Day. Our expectation of his arrival has altered our Christmas travel plans, affected the arrangement…

Books that shaped my thinking in 2014

2014 really didn’t afford me much blogging time because it was the year of READING. But that’s ok. In my book, reading is both an important discipline and a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend the few waking hours I have free from chasing the wild things. The hurry-scurry of life and exhaustion of caring for littles…

The light of the Gospel shines brightest at Christmas

If I had to choose one word for our 2014 year, it would be gospel. For us, this year has been about learning to live in the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ—learning that no part of our lives is untouched by this good news. It is the gospel that must shape our marriage,…

Mother’s Day Weekend 2014

Mother’s Day weekend was really special this year. My entire family came for a visit—a rare and welcomed treat. I got to spend Mother’s Day with my mom and my boys.  {And just because the outtakes are comical and tell the real story….here you go!} John Wicks was dedicated to the Lord on Mother’s Day. In other…

2013 . . .

The year of transition. The year God placed us in vocational ministry. The year we said goodbye to precious seminary friends. The year we moved back to Alabama. The year we bought our first house. The year of new life—the birth of John Wicks Rice, our second son. The year of many new friends— some who already feel like forever friends. The…

Tidings of Comfort and Joy!

The 2013 Stevens-family-Christmas-card-photo-shoot needed to be recorded in the archives for posterity’s sake. Because future generations need to understand that they come from a bunch of crazies! And fun crazies to boot! {Disclaimer: some of these photos have dark shadows and heads cut out. We used the self timer for this shoot because who do…

Luke tells the Christmas Story

This post should actually be titled Luke tells the Christmas Story to Doc and J-J. I loved my parents’ response to this video. They both loved it and commented to me separately . . . Mom: Doc was a little jealous that J-J got so much attention in this video!  Dad: J-J’s head was a little bit…

Thanksgivings of yore (and what I’ve learned)

Thanksgiving is the kick-off of my favorite time of the year ( I think y’all know how I feel about the Christmas season), and this year we’re staying in town and hosting my family for dinner. Don’t worry. I won’t be doing all the cooking. Adam is cooking the turkey on the grill, I’m making…

Trunk-or-Treat

It’s always fun to look back and see how things have changed in just a year’s time.  Last year on Halloween night, it was freezing cold. We lived in a big city and had a one-year-old baby who wasn’t quite walking yet. We went to our small, inner-city church to hang out (briefly) as they…

Resurrection Day 2013

Isn’t it a bit crazy for you and me to base our lives in the twenty-first century on the words of a man from the first century? After all, aren’t some of the Bible’s teachings simply archaic?  Are we really supposed to take literally everything that Jesus said? Haven’t we experienced cultural developments and discovered…

Christmas in Pictures

We made a very quick trip to Alabama for Christmas this year, but I wanted to document with just a few pictures. Santa loot… Coming in to check out the loot. Ready to cruise. Chuck the truck. Someone has changed a lot since last Christmas. Tears . . . New pajamas. Jenny looks like a model…

2012 . . .

The year we survived mice infestation. The year Adam’s Papa went home to meet Jesus. The year Adam’s brother completed his Ph.D and became “Dr. Bo.” The year our precious Granddaddy went home to meet Jesus. The year Adam survived hand, foot and mouth disease. The year Mr. Boy turned 1. The year we found…