Hi, I’m Danica.

I guess I’m a lot of things: a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister, a crafter, a cook, a reader, a writer, a homemaker, a pianist, and probably a lot more too. But at the end of the day, I’m just a Christian trying to find and obey God’s will.

Everyday, wake up and remind yourself: Jul 22

Fortunately, God doesn’t worry about keeping the best pastors for the big cities. On any given Sunday morning, in the Middle-Of-Nowhere, NY, you’ll hear some of the most powerful preaching from one of the best men. This past Sunday, it sounded like this:

Everyday. Wake up and remind yourself that there is a God in heaven.
And that you live to serve Him.

Everyday. Wake up and remind yourself that Christ died to save you from your sins and reconcile you to God so that you can live every moment of every day in a way that pleases Him and brings glory to Him.

Everyday. Wake up and remind yourself that you are no longer a slave of sin, but you are now a slave of righteousness and are called to live pleasing to Him in all things.

Everyday. Wake up and remind yourself that the purpose for your life is far greater than your own fulfillment, your own peace of mind, or your own happiness. You were born for His purpose.

Everyday. Wake up and remind yourself that your greatest pleasure is found in bringing glory to Him, and that your greatest delight will be in hearing the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of the Lord.”

Everyday. Wake up and remind yourself that this world is passing, and the momentary and light affliction that you might be facing now is producing for you an eternal reward. And that your focus will not be on the temporal, that which is passing; but your focus will be on the eternal, that which will never pass away.

Everyday. Wake up and remind yourself that God doesn’t exist for you – you exist for Him. Remind yourself that He is not your servant – you are His servant. Remind yourself that He owes you nothing but that you owe Him everything.

Everyday. Wake up and remind yourself that you were purchased for God by the precious blood of Christ, the costly blood of Christ, that God spared nothing in pursuing you. And that the life you now live is not your own; you belong to Him.

Everyday. Wake up and remind yourself that you have been made a partaker of the divine nature — the precious Holy Spirit has made you alive to God, and that the power of the Holy Spirit in you is sufficient to carry you through every difficulty, every challenge, every snare, and every temptation – and to strengthen you in the midst of all adversity.

Everyday. Wake up and remind yourself that your worth comes from Him – the one who bought you. And if the world around you fails completely to see your worth, it doesn’t change a thing – your worth is settled in Him. He loved you and gave it all for you.

Everyday. Wake up and remind yourself that you have a part to play in the unfolding plan of God. That you are called to serve Him and to impact the lives of people around you through prayer, giving, serving, and sowing. And that nothing and no one can stop you from walking out His kingdom will for your life.

Everyday. Wake up and remind yourself that your labor in the Lord matters – that He sees your love, your sacrifice, and your patience toward all men, and especially toward the saints, and that He will not forget your work and labor of love.

Everyday. Wake up and remind yourself that you are a valued part of the Body of Christ, the people of God in the earth today. And that you are called to strengthen the body through love by supplying what only you can supply.

Everyday. Wake up and remind yourself that you are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

Everyday. Wake up and remind yourself that His intended purpose was to adopt you as His own in Jesus Christ!

Everyday. Wake up and remind yourself that you have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

Everyday. Wake up and remind yourself that this world is passing away, along with everything that seems so appealing; but that he who does the will of God abides forever.

Everyday. Wake up and remind yourself that apart from Jesus Christ you can do nothing; but in Jesus Christ you can do all things

Everyday. Wake up and remind yourself that you will not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. And that your meat is to do the will of God.

—from the sermon series on Ephesians

evening with my baby Jul 15

My little Goldilocks.

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Only weeks away from a first birthday.

When did a whole year happen?

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We sit here, couch corner, lamp on, blanket-wrapped. Our evening routine.

Usually you fall asleep nursing. But not tonight.

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You rest your head on my chest. I rub your tummy as you quiet, sink into my arms, succumb to sleep.

Sweet, sweet babe of mine.

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fourth babies need new things, too. Jul 4

July 3rd. 10pm. So much on my mind.

Throwing a load of boy’s laundry into the washer, making sure the appropriate reds and blues will make their way through in time for an Independence Day wearing. A toddler girl dress hangs ready in the closet, a burst of red, white, and blue pinwheel-ish design. That leaves…baby. Oh dear. Apparently primary colors weren’t on my radar when purchasing Beatrice’s infant wardrobe, and so Fiona has none.

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So much in my mind + that sweet face + no redwhiteandblue =

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Unfortunately, that equation also means sewing without a model. Here’s hoping it fits!

wildflowers Jun 29

Clearly, wildflowers inspire contemplation.

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This year, as I trimmed and arranged, I was again amazed by the beauty one can gather from highway and byway.

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God does that. He gathers us far, low places. He isn’t limited to the hot-house carnation. In His loving grace and mercy, He brings us up, invites us to His table, calls us His.

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from my journal: Isaiah 40 Jun 28

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Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints not is weary. His understanding is in searchable.

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.

Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary , they shall walk and not faint. —Isaiah 40

There is no shame in realizing I have no might. Realizing I am more weak than yesterday! God is in the business of glorifying His name as earthen vessels are emptied of their own selves and are filled with Him.

This looks like “He must increase, I must decrease.” It looks like a growing awareness of my incredible lack, and greater knowledge and experience of His surpassing power to those who believe.

cheater posts: photo dump Jun 18

Not many words, though plenty of them are swirling around this pollen-fogged head of mine. While four children lounge on a couch, watching Little Bear on an overcast summer morning, I will post photos.

Lots of growing. Babies make you stop and say, “Oh my!” Seven-year-old-boys who are almost eight don’t scream for attention in the same way. They slip quickly and steadily toward manhood and suddenly my heart is in my throat and I want to yell, “Stop!” They don’t stop. If they did, mothers would squander (we’re human beings, prone to a bit of lazy and selfish, after all.) They don’t stop, and so I must live purposefully. Give, sow, love. Every day.


babies discovering windows: top 5 favorite things to watch


my glamorous life, captured by william


slowly becoming the full, crazy patch of flowers I’ve been dreaming of


she hit the mother lode


simple pleasures


just mama and babe, on an evening errand


this boy knows when he’s tired


I promise, I do have beds for my children


playground + ice cream date outing with mama. sometimes you just gotta eat a huge ice cream cone for lunch and call it a day.