We are the Tylers, Steve, Colleen, Chase (13), Elijah (11), and Max (10), along with our two cats, Bowie and Leonidas. Steve is a firefighter and I teach 3rd grade. Between our work schedules and the boys’ schedules, it is a busy life we live. We are also very involve in Boy Scouts and in our church. When I met Steve 18 years ago I never envisioned being the mother of 3 boys; I always wanted 2 of each, or at least an even number of children. But, of course God had a different plan. Raising 3 boys is a daily adventure and that has exciting twists and turns and it always amazes us how different the 3 boys are.
Chase is our brainiac 13 year old who thrives on knowledge-particularly useless information. He is a swimmer and plays piano. Elijah is the comedian of our family and brings the laughter into our chaotic world. He plays the trombone and likes to draw. Max is a combination of his two brothers and is constantly trying to find his place in the family (besides last born). He also swims and plays the tuba. All three boys are Scouts, love Legos and get in trouble at school for reading too much.
Steve and I were raised in different denominations – he Church of the Nazarene and I Catholic. Early in our marriage we didn’t attend any church because I was not interested in religion at all. Then, when I was pregnant with Elijah, I felt a need to find a church. Neither of us was really interested in attending the other’s church so we shopped around and ended up becoming United Methodists. My own spiritual journey has been a bumpy road and I still feel like a baby Christian. Steve’s faith has always been strong, and his knowledge of the Bible astounds me sometimes. Our children each have their own level of faith and ask questions from time to time about it. We all attend church on a regular basis, but need more to help build our faith, both invidually and as a family. Our hope is these series of devotions will help us grow closer to God as we pray and study together. This is a new adventure we are looking forward to, it won’t be easy at first and may take us til Epiphany to get into a rhythm, but God willing, we will make it work.