The Heavens Proclaim his Glory ….by Susie

I am doubly excited about this post today.  First, I get to share about one of my great loves – the heavens!  Suns and moons and stars! oh my!  nebulae and galaxies and quasars! oh my!   You may or may not know that although I studied medical physics in grad school,  my undergraduate degree … Continue reading

The Story of St Patrick: More than Shamrocks and Leprechauns…by Susie

Even though I took on the Butler name when I married the love of my life, there’s not much Irish about me.  I’ve tried in years past to jump into the fun that many enjoy on March 17th by cooking up some Corned beef ( yum!) and I think this year we’ll expand our horizons … Continue reading

The Altar’d Year….By Kell

Welcome back to RDR!  We took a little break and now are gearing up for a NEW year.  And so it begins… This year will be named.  Named for a purpose, for a striving, for a goal.  One single goal where hundreds, maybe thousands of little goals will become a part of making the main … Continue reading

Hosting a Happy Birthday Jesus Party by Susie

I’m writing this on the eve of hosting my 5th or so Happy Birthday Jesus Party.  My sweet five year old couldn’t fall asleep tonight he was so excited!  “Daddy, guess what tomorrow is?  It’s our happy birthday Jesus Party!”  And you know what friend?  I’m pretty excited too!  This one of those special times … Continue reading

Gift Giving Part 2: What’s in the bags?! by Kell

The bags.  Time with Jesus.  Rest for their little souls.  Peace from the boyness (aka punching, name calling, whining, and other *brotherly love*).  Oy.  Sometimes space is necessary.  For ALL of us. 😉 So here is how I did it and what is in them and I pray that this gift of meaning brings ALL … Continue reading

Holiday Fun: Gift Giving by Kell

I folded up my thanks tree last night with a little sadness over our lack of completion.  Every year I tuck our thankful cards in an envelope and put them in a special box for one sad day when all my kids are at their in-laws for thanksgiving ;).  I felt a little shame or … Continue reading

The Action Bible by Kell

People.  There has yet to be a children’s Bible that trumps The Jesus Storybook Bible for me.  Wait for it….wait for it.  Until my 8-year-old read SEVEN HUNDRED AND FORTY THREE pages in TEN days.  Face buried in The Word.  The only time (not true statement) I have ever ignored the fact that he was ignoring me.  Or … Continue reading

Redeeming Halloween: Let’s shine Jesus’ Light…by Susie

shine your light book

It’s October friends!  Let me guess.. your kids are already wearing their Halloween costumes around the house?  Our costumes are ordered but we await shipment and so my boys are instead squeezing themselves into one size too small costumes and running around roaring like lions, squeaking like bats, wielding swords as noble knights, and rattling … Continue reading

Grace wins…and Big Truths for Little Kids {a book recommendation} by Susie

It’s a beautiful summer morning.  I am sitting in my favorite chair, coffee in hand, waiting for the morning cobwebs to clear and my stiff ankles to loosen and I start to reflect on the morning so far. Once again I had managed to turn off my alarm in my sleep. I had intended to get … Continue reading

Citizenship in Heaven… by Susie

This summer will mark the 14th  anniversary of the day I crossed the Canada/US border at the Peace Arch and began a new chapter of my life here in the United States.  I was  following the love of my life into his land, ready to embrace his friends, his  family, his country.  It was harder … Continue reading