We will Trick or Treat Today

“Do you do Halloween?”
“Do you Trick or Treat?”
“Are you letting your kids Trick or Treat this year?”
“Why can’t we Trick or Treat?!?!?  It’s just Candy and Fun!!!”

Our German Girl, Asia and Africa

Our German Girl, Asia and Africa

Those are the questions that have swirled through our 30 years of parenting Octobers. Continue reading

When Tim’s Away

November 11, 2014 by Nama

Trusting my only Big Brother will have the best birthday so far in his 53 years. Happy Birthday Jon, it is an honor to do this thing called life with a man such as you.


We baked our first Christmas Cookies last night, which was 1. Fun, 2.Sad, because it was our Kaydra’s idea and by the time we got around to it she, being a 4:30 am barista, was so exhausted she had no fun. 3. Proof that Blessing and Cody together with utensils and flour are trouble…always!! 4. Pretty much perfect timing since it did This…. Continue reading

Bringing Baby Home…Which state is Nama Flying to?

October 17, 2014 by Nama

i had the privilege of just buying a one way plane ticket to travel to share the excitement of bringing our 6th Grandbaby home.

Christmas-Pajamas-Grandbaby-santa//namafish.comI also bought 7 pair of Christmas Jammies because we will have a little tiny 6th Grandbaby joining our already 5 and Aunty Blessing by Christmas.

For all of you following along on our adventure, this little one holds more secrets and surprises because of the very special way this tiny gift is coming to our family.  Travis and Melissa are very thoughtfully sharing the details they feel free to share about their newest baby as they feel it is appropriate, they have decided that we get to know what state their little one will be coming home from.

Now all of you can get in on the fun and excitement of getting to know our 6th little Jewel, Travis and Melissa’s 3rd child. Continue reading

Blessed~In the Mayhem

August 1, 2014 by Nama

This week has been a little busy.  A little sad.  A little crazy. And a lot Blessed.


The quality of these pictures accurately represents the quality of everything i did this week….blurry and not quite right!     Blessing spent Monday at bible camp with two little girlfriends.  Myself, the Russell Trio and our Finley spent 4 hours in the truck traveling to pick the girls up in the afternoon. Six elementary kids, a toddler, a beautiful afternoon along the river, twist ice cream cones + the rule that you are only allowed to speak if you use a British or Scottish accent made for a hilarious happy adventure.


A very sweet treasure of my past 11 years as a mamma has been caring for Derek, Andrew and Seth.  I am fast moving into day care retirement as all three boys will be in full time school this fall.


I have had the boys just a handful of days this summer.



Wednesday evening our sweet friends the Rigelsky’s landed in LaCrosse with their two newest little ones, we were a part of the welcoming mob at the airport.  What an amazing miracle it is to watch a family be knit together through adoption.  We are so thankful for HIS amazing plan for little Worthy and Gospel in bringing them to their family and home in LaCrosse.








Thursday we remembered and said good-bye to the daddy of a sweet young friend.  We rejoice in knowing Doug is healthy and happy in Heaven.  We ache with his family as they learn to move through each day without their dad and Grandpa. Please pray for them.

dayare-Nama-Friend-kids-camp.jpg//namafish.comPappa and Finley did some biking in the kitchen and living room, a fantastically fun time was had by all.


We finished our day care week with a trip to Planes II.  I’m not sure why the popcorn and pop are on the heads and i am not sure why this picture is so blurry.  I am now trying “life hack”, put packaging tape over your iphone lense (google it) and we will see how that works out.  i had a headache most of the week because i do not do a great job of managing busy, tired and emotional.

I don’t always know how to do the details but i always know who holds all the details in HIS hand.  i love the chance to start over each morning and learn a little more about doing each moment in HIS direction, by HIS strength for HIS glory, Blessed !





This Profound Honor Is Each of Ours

 July 23, 2014 by Nama
Religion that God the Father accepts as pure and without fault [undefiled] is this: caring for orphans and widows ,who need help [in their trouble/distress/persecution], and keeping yourself  free from the world’s evil influence.
James 1:27

We have had the immeasurable JOY of walking alongside a young family who are right smack dab in the middle of a miracle.  A miracle that requires sacrifice, that requires death to self  and letting go of safety.  A miracle that keeps them clinging to their Jesus in a powerful way.  A miracle of redemption and healing and rebuilding, of Love and commitment and our Lord’s beautiful unfolding plan of blessing.

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