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Fire & Strength

July 11, 2019

My Gracie ❤️
I saw a fire and a strength in her eyes the moment I met her. I knew she was destined for great things. I didn’t fully know her story, however I did know that she was forced, at a very early age, to be a survivor and an overcomer. But, I truly believe that those first two years of her life, spent among the alleys of Wuhan, helped shape her into the remarkable young lady (and athlete) she is today. Tough. Resilient. Independent. Determined. Resourceful. Competitive. Hard-working. Brave. She lives her life as a victor, not a victim. And she is the embodiment of Philippians 4:13. “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” #AmazingGirl #ProudMom


Michigan City

July 9, 2019

The tradition continues! 💙

Lighthouses are very special to Haven. He knows that they inspired his name, and he has grown to love them so much. So, I promised him a few years ago that we’d take him to visit a new lighthouse every summer.

This past week we got to visit our fourth one together, in Michigan City.

Sidney, Morganne, River, Grandma Steinborn, Grandpa Steinborn, and GG (Great Grandma Rhine, all came along for the adventure!  We had a fantastic time, and made lots of fun memories together…


Washington Park Zoo

July 9, 2019

This was my kind of zoo.
Small. Clean. Nice variety of animals. Interactive exhibits. Scenic overlook of Lake Michigan. Inexpensive admission fees and gift shop pricing. We’ll definitely be coming back again someday! 🦒🦁🦜🐻🦓

Ring Blast Champs

July 8, 2019

They did it!
USSSA 10U Ring Blast Champions! 🏆
Started playing at 10:00 a.m. Finished playing at 10:30 p.m. So proud of Gracie and her DC teammates. They fought hard for this, and earned it!


Brave & Free

July 6, 2019

Happy Birthday, America!!
You’ve been so good to our family in so many ways.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.




July 1, 2019
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At the end of every school year, I pull out the kids’ “School Memories” books, and have them fill in the blanks.

Gracie finished hers today.

I read through her sentences, and one of them made me smile from ear to ear.

Gosh, I hope that will ALWAYS be the way she finishes that sentence. 💕#bestanswerever#beyourself


The Lion King

June 30, 2019

“THE LION KING” Musical 🧡🦁🧡
So, how do 60 kids (2nd – 8th grade) learn a musical in just 5 days, and manage to put on an amazing performance? Well, one of the first things that came out of the director’s mouth before the first rehearsal was, “This is all for you, Jesus.” She gave the entire production to God, and to His glory. So, of course, they were able to pull it off. God blessed their efforts, and it was amazing. I was truly impressed. Huge thanks to Brooke Reed (and Clayton Christian Church) for blessing Sidney, Grace, Morganne, and many other children with this opportunity to grow in their love for theater, and their love for God!


Sidney blew us away! 🎤💕
She acted and sang beautifully in her role as Timon. She performed with such joy, enthusiasm, and confidence…and captivated the crowd. She was definitely in her happy place. And that sure made me happy. Watching your children discover their God-given passions is one of the greatest gifts of parenthood!


Morganne (“Young Nala”) surprised us this week. 🧡
She began theater camp in tears because she was nervous, and wasn’t sure if she wanted to be away from home for several hours each day. I convinced her to stay. But, she didn’t just endure it. She loved it. She decided to audition for the role of Young Nala in front of a room filled with her peers, got the part, and nailed the performance last night. So proud of her…


Gracie did an awesome job as a lioness+leaf+villager.  She was on and off the stage all night long, and did so great in her supporting role! She had a wonderful approach to camp all week long, worked very hard, and proved to be a strong, reliable cast member.  So proud of her!! ♥