The Chuppies

A place to share about faith, family, parenting, adoption, grief and clinging to God through the joys and sorrows of every day life.
Because this is not our home...

Kara is a winner of Top 25 Faith Blogs by Moms

What Inspired Me to Start Blogging

I initially started blogging the year our daughter Selah died. She died from the disease Pompe back in April of 2008 and on December 12, which would've been her birthday, I just felt a need to write. I wanted a place to share my emotions and feelings and memories of her. So in all honesty, the blogging started from a place of deep sorrow...but over time, since then, the blog has also been a place to share much joy. I didn't post regularly until this past February when I decided to put myself in a "Facebook timeout" and to spend more time writing. Now — I enjoy blogging;because I'm thankful for a place to share about the many topics that are close to my heart — faith, marriage, parenting, family, Heaven, adoption, friendship, grief, education, nature, organization, traditions, books and pretty much whatever God is currently trying to teach me

How Faith Inspires How I Raise My Children

We have five children, four here and one in Heaven, and our faith has a huge impact on how we want to raise them. Our greatest desire is that our children will see their need for God's forgiveness and love. We want each child to know God deeply, in a real way. We want them to find their joy and satisfaction in Him and to live everyday life in a way that brings Him glory. Being a parent is hard work! We go to the Bible for wisdom and strength and encouragement and accountability. Parenting makes me feel vulnerable and inadequate. When it comes to raising our children, I'm quick to see how how much I need God's help. It's really important to us that our children see God in every part of our lives. We want to be authentic and real with them. I can't tell you the number of times, I've had to ask for their forgiveness because of my parenting failures. But — over time — I hope that will help them see that we all need God's mercy and forgiveness. We all must come to God...and live in relationship with one another...grounded in the grace and redemption that was accomplished through Jesus' work on the the Cross. The faith that my husband and I share gives us hope in parenting...and that's a huge thing.