Why the blog? by susie

Welcome Newcomers (Especially those from my present precious Tiburon Baptist Church family and my beloved previous Strawberry Community Church family!)

Why the Blog? To be sure, there are thousands if not hundreds of thousands of blogs out there and frankly, many of
you probably have blogs of your own.   So a better question is Why this one? I’ll confess I wasn’t much of a “blog” kind of gal until recently.  But RaisingDeepRoots has undeniably made an impact on me and my children and I just fell in love with it.  And when I love something I want to share it!  Of course it didn’t hurt that the blog was launched by none other than my best friend Kellye who never fails to encourage and inspire and challenge me.  Her blog topic? Simply sharing her passion for discipling her children in an intentional way at home that’s encouraging, fun and creative! Subscribing wasn’t an option:)

After 9 years of being the lead Pastor of our beloved Strawberry Community Church in Mill Valley, my husband was called to be Pastor of Families at Tiburon Baptist Church, CA.   As he’s rolled up his sleeves and passionately dived into this new role, we’ve noticed that over the past couple of years, the Holy Spirit has burdened us with an increasing urgency to not only provide teaching opportunities for children at our church services and activities, but also to EQUIP parents to be the disciplers of their own children in their own homes the rest of the week!  Add in our own parenting joys and challenges and our desire to disciple our sweet boys and well…you know this passion comes straight from the heart.   We may get an hour or two a week together as a church family and a super fun week in the summer for VBS or Camp to teach, share and enjoy the truths of Jesus, but we parents get to LIVE it day in and day out with our children.

It has become apparent that God was inviting Kellye and I to partner together, even though we live far from each other, to minister to our respective church families and friends through RDR.  While there are MANY amazing blogs and Godly parenting resources out there, (from which we definitely pray you’ll also seek wisdom)  there really is something special about sharing life together with those you know and love:)  We want you to share in this with us!  So here it is – an invitation to join us in the endeavor to be even just a little bit more intentional in our parenting at home when it comes to teaching the things of God and doing what we can to  make our homes places where one just can’t help but think about the love Jesus!  We’d love for you to subscribe and hopefully find some encouragement, some tried and true resources, and some ideas for making scripture memory, Bible reading, and family devotion time meaningful, fun and fruitful.  Even more exciting to us, is the thought that you would dialogue back with us.  Share your successes, your ideas, your frustrations, and your joys and aha! moments with us. Share your blog links! Many of you have walked this path ahead of us and we crave your wisdom!

To make signing up for RaisingDeepRoots even more fun, we’d like to offer a GIVEAWAY!  Browse the old posts ( you could try some of these:  Faith-filled MomentsWe love Sally (& Jesus) Part 2, Rooted in the Word) and when you subscribe mention the one that piqued your interest the most. One of you will be picked at random to win our give away. If its a book suggestion you are interested in, you’ll win that book.  If its a craft/devotional idea you want to try your hand at, you’ll win the  supplies and materials all prepped and ready for you to try.

We don’t make any promises as to how often we’ll post.  Kellye is about 4 weeks away from baby number 4 being born and well I seem to accomplish about one tenth of my “to do” list anyway.  But God is gracious and we figure anything we manage to do is better than nothing right? Join us and let’s see and what God might do in our families if we share in this together!



Deuteronomy 4:9
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
Deuteronomy 6:5-9

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about
them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

6 Responses to “Why the blog? by susie”
  1. I have subscribed via RSS feed instead of email. I’ve also been following the blog for sometime now! Love it. I’ve known Kellye since college and love that you two have started this blog. Our first child is due in September and I cannot wait to use some of the wonderful stuff already talked about on the blog. One of my favorite posts has been the “Sally-Loyd Jones and her great work with the Jesus Storybook Bible” from the “Bible: We Love Sally” post. This book has always intrigued me.

    Can’t wait to see more!


    • Susan says:

      Katie, I’m so jealous you’ve known Kellye since college – I wish I could have called her friend for that many years!!! Congratulation on your pregnancy – we love babies! Saying a prayer for you right now for healthy baby and healthy delivery for you! And yes, the Jesus Storybook Bible is amazing and it has transformed our family’s devotional time. Stay tuned for some posts coming in the near future relating to babies in particular -we definitely have babies on the brain these days 🙂
      Susan ( or Susie as Kell loves to call me 🙂 )

  2. Becky M says:

    Sounds good. Can’t wait to read some of these.

  3. Carrie Woodard says:

    Susie…I’m so glad you are a part of this. I had read some last year that you posted and my favorite that I would love to have for the family is the Thankfulness Tree or 30 days of thanks. Today I was blessed by the painting the Psalms and the Pace and Rhythm blogs. I have been praying fervently about how to gather with other women in family discipleship and never would have guessed God would connect me with women spread out all over and ones I don’t even know. I also read one of Kel’s today about breathing in rest knowing that the Word does not return void and remembering that God is working deeper and beyond what we see or feel as we grow ourselves and love and disciple our children in the Lord. Thanks for being bold in vision. God’s gonna do great things…I already know! Oh..I also loved the family rules which focus on the heart roots with scripture! Love you, Susan Butler and thanks to Kel for opening her life early on to so many! Glad to be more connected with you both. 🙂

  4. Love it! Looking forward to reading and learning more…both of you rock!

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