A few years ago, our family decided to have our Easter lunch at my Mama’s house, just like we used to do when we were growing up. Church commitments had kept my siblings, cousins, and me at our respective houses for several years in a row, but that year we determined that instead of trying to convince my Mama why she shouldn’t go to any trouble for all of us, we’d just shut our collective mouths … [Read more...]

A Blog Post written by Pam Gibbs, LifeWay Girls Ministry Mornings in the Gibbs household are like a box of chocolates, as they say. Today's morning was no exception. All was calm. Kaitlyn, my six-year-old soon to be either an EMS driver or panties sales person (her words, not mine), was quietly coloring in the living room as I was getting my makeup on. Behind me, I hear the unmistakable sound of … [Read more...]

Rarely do we talk about our families on Allaccess, but today's a little glimpse into the lives of the Seidenkranz home. The man of my dreams - his name is Ed. We've been married for 13 and a half years. He's a musician and I'm his biggest fan. We've got two kiddos as you can see. God chose adoption for our family and we couldn't be happier about that! Josiah is a Nashville born boy (he's 9) and … [Read more...]

I don't know about y'all, but it's almost back-to-school time in our family, and I may or may not have gotten a little misty-eyed about how quickly time passes when I was shopping for school shorts at Gap yesterday. I mean, wasn't it just a few months ago when I was shopping for onesies and lugging an infant carrier into the dressing room? Oh, sweet nostalgia. Anyway, today I've been thinking a … [Read more...]

It was a little bit of a rough weekend around our house - some trivial reasons, some deeper reasons - and by Saturday afternoon I was feeling emotionally and physically run-down and worn-out. That's just the way it goes sometimes, I reckon. Anyway, tonight I was catching up on some blog reading, and this post by Priscilla Shirer encouraged me so much. There's so much stuff in my life that I can't … [Read more...]

For the last few days my little boy has been working on a memory verse from Romans. Earlier this week we were on the way to soccer practice, and I asked him if he'd learned his verse yet. "Not yet, Mama," he answered. "I mean, I know a little bit." "Well, what do you know?" "I know that it's Romans 15:13. And I know it's about hope. And that's about it." While we were sitting at a stop light I … [Read more...]

A couple of weeks ago I told y'all about how Beth Moore got a new iPhone and was so proud of it that she was carrying it around in a Ziploc bag so that nothing would happen to it. Well, Melanie and I have often said that Beth and Priscilla can turn anything into a teachable moment, and Beth's Ziploc iPhone case was no exception. Friday night Beth showed her phone-in-a-baggie to the women at Living … [Read more...]

We've experienced a "first" in our house the last couple of weeks. My son, Josiah has a friend in his second grade class who's mom has been very sick with breast cancer. Their second grade teacher is amazing and every year she encourages her entire class to run the kid's music city marathon here in Nashville. Well, this year it was even more special as every kid in the class trained for the … [Read more...]