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Welcome friend! I am so glad that you are here.
Have you ever looked around your house and wondered how you got where you are in life? Have you ever just shaken your head and said, “Wow, who knew?” “Who knew I would end up doing this, in this place, with these people?” I know I have. What a crazy journey it has been to get here and to be here. As a mom to 7 kids, I can say very sincerely that this life is so fun, and so hard, and so challenging and so rewarding. And how I feel about my life as a wife and a mom depends on the extent to which I remember that God loves me no matter what.
And that’s what Steering the Ark is all about.
Being a wife isn’t always easy. Being a wife to a first responder has its own set of challenges. Raising kids is hard work. Being a mom to 7 has its own set of challenges. My journey is not better or worse than anyone else’s; it just my journey. My deepest desire is to share the journey with you and to remind both of us that we are all strong, capable, and deeply loved in God’s eyes – and those are the only eyes that really matter.
Jesus came into this messy world to be with us in it. He is Emmanuel – God with us. He is God with us even when we go to the park without washing the kids’ faces. He is God with us even when caring for our families feels more like a chore than a blessing. We want our lives to look pin-worthy all the time, but the truth is that they aren’t and Jesus died for us anyway. He died for my not-cute-enough-for-Facebook-or-Pinterest-self and for yours, too. What He wants more than anything is to share the journey with us.
I started Steering the Ark as a way for me to write what I know in my head but forget in my heart: God is with me in all the ups and downs of life and His love for me goes deeper than I can imagine. Sometimes I need to remind myself that God does not think less of me because my living room looks very much like it is lived in by 9 people. He’s glad to be invited into my life. I know it in my head, but sometimes I forget it in my heart.
My goal is to share resources and experiences and to encourage you (as I encourage myself) to keep Christ at the center of the journey of life. My goal is to provide
- Practical tips and words of wisdom;
- Fun and funny stories about parenting and life;
- and most importantly, encouragement for the journey.
Grab a cup of coffee, take off your shoes, and get ready. Steering the Ark is a place to come and share our stories and encourage each other on the journey of life. Hang out for a while, and bring your friends too. The ark is big; there is always room for one more.
Hi, I’m Laura, the one holding the wheel of Steering the Ark. I’m a wife, a mom of 7, a lover of coffee, scones, and real friendships.
As an ordained priest, I should be good at the disciplines that help me deepen my faith – but I am not. I struggle to do those things that good Christians do – daily quiet time, regular bible study, reading deep theological books. I know I ‘should’ do better. I take Thomas Merton’s words to heart. In speaking of God he wrote, “I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please You“ (Thoughts in Solitude, emphasis mine). There are days when all I have is the desire. But it is enough. I believe that to the tips of my toes.
I am simultaneously extroverted and reserved. We have family in the law enforcement community and military and that impacts me greatly. I want to trust people and I know evil is real. I live in that tension, and within it I love to help people, I love to encourage people, and I love helping them however I can. As a priest and as a mom I love finding ways to help people understand how deep and profound God’s love for you is, right now, just as you are. I also love fixing things myself. I love my husband and I can’t stand it when someone tells me to wait until he comes home and he will fix it. The tools are mine and I know how to use them (better than he?) thank you very much.
Where to Start?
If you want to know more about me and my life, and consequently what Steering the Ark is all about, I suggest you start with this post: “What It’s Really Like to Have 7 Kids.”
Ready to climb on board?
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