Responding to Clumpy Icing

This past week I worked on gluing together a gingerbread train for our family gingerbread house display.  The icing jammed in my plastic bag, the sides of the train kept falling off, and I found myself getting grumpy.  This was a moment meant for celebration and memories– Christmas music was playing, and all my family was around me happily working on their creations– and I … Continue reading Responding to Clumpy Icing

Mama Shepherds – A Christmas Devotional

In some seasons as a mommy missionary we can feel on the outskirts of all that is “happening” in the ministry on campus. Tending to our own little sheep keeps our days, and nights, full to the brim. There are many parallels with mothering and shepherding in the Bible. And the Christmas story is no exception. And in the same region there were shepherds out … Continue reading Mama Shepherds – A Christmas Devotional

Getting to Know You: A chat with Cassie Long

Tell us a little about yourself and your family and where you live/serve. I’ve been married to Trevor for 13 years and have 3 kids, Jaden (7), Josie (5) and Maia (2).  I love Jesus, strong coffee, and good conversation.  We live in Rochester, Minnesota and serve at 3 schools (University of Minnesota-Rochester, Rochester Community and Technical College, and Winona State-Rochester). Tell us an unusual … Continue reading Getting to Know You: A chat with Cassie Long

Getting to Know You: A Chat with Hadiza Murray

Tell us a little about yourself and your family and where you live/serve. My name is Hadiza and along with my husband, Osaze, and our two kids we live in Bowie Maryland and serve at Bowie State University.  We have lived in the DMV (DC/MD/VA) area for seven years now and love serving at Bowie and seeing all that the Lord is doing daily. I … Continue reading Getting to Know You: A Chat with Hadiza Murray

Getting to Know You: A Chat with Nicole Nelson

Tell us a little about yourself and your family and where you live/serve. My husband Tom and I serve at UC Davis. We have a 6-year-old son Micah and a 3-year-old girl, Ellie. Tell us an unusual thing about you. I gave birth to my daughter in the front seat of our van an hour after they sent me home from the hospital. It’s a … Continue reading Getting to Know You: A Chat with Nicole Nelson

Eagerly Expecting Jesus in my Daily Life

Here at my desk in my little cubby in the Collegiate office I’ve framed several Scripture verses.  I want them to remind me of truths that somehow either slip my mind or get lost in the barrage of “urgent” tasks and responsibilities.  I need reminding a lot! I don’t really remember why I chose one passage…but it spoke truth to me this morning as I … Continue reading Eagerly Expecting Jesus in my Daily Life

When He Travels – 6 Tips on How to Thrive While Parenting Solo

As I type this, we’re on day 2 of Ben’s current 10-day trip. Today I made four trips to the elementary school. I was supposed to meet my 9-year-old for lunch, but I had the time wrong and by the time I arrived he had 7 minutes to inhale his sandwich. My credit card got declined when I tried to pick up our latest newsletter … Continue reading When He Travels – 6 Tips on How to Thrive While Parenting Solo

From the Inside Out: Scheduling the Best for our Ministry Family

In a culture where kids are offered anything from art classes to ninja lessons long before they even know how to tie their own shoes, the opportunities for enrichment are endless. But with Nav socials and events many weekends a month and many evenings on campus, I feel the need to protect family time even more than my peers. I was talking with my husband … Continue reading From the Inside Out: Scheduling the Best for our Ministry Family

The E-I Clash: 12 Thoughts to Consider

Tom and I have observed many young couples with little children in the ministry over the years. And we have seen the havoc that can spring from their different tendencies in extroversion or introversion. Though we are both introverts ourselves we have found that I am far more outgoing than him and this has caused for us, shall we say, tension!*  This showed up when … Continue reading The E-I Clash: 12 Thoughts to Consider