Toni Rypkema is the mother of 11 beautiful children and mother-in-law to 2 (almost 3) beautiful more. She lives in Lexington, SC with her husband, Mike and still too many kids. She is a writer, children’s worship leader, guitar teacher, swim-team parent, breast cancer survivor, mother of the year award winner for 25 years running, best meal in under 5 minutes award winner, and should probably change this about paragraph because it’s been hacked by one of her children! – we do love her.
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I wouldn’t want to change anything about this ‘about me’ page except for one word, ‘too’. Yes there are many kids, but not ‘too’ many. My children are such gifts to me, each and every one of them! Is there ever ‘too’ many gifts?! Never. I am so thankful to God.
I write because I have to! I have to express all that the Lord shows me-in His word, in a Hymn, in a song – He is so amazing – I just have to write about the One who loves so perfectly, and hopefully as we worship and draw closer to Him, we will be able to see that it’s not about us, it’s all about Him, and He, the Creator and God of the Universe, He has a hold on us – we can trust Him, – we are in His Hand!
The Painting of God’s Hand? Here is what the artist wrote concerning this piece: “My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago, (2010), and it came as a shock to my whole family. Through these struggles the concept of this piece was discovered. The hand formed by waves is symbolic of the presence of God and how He is there with you through hard times, whether it may be sickness or the loss of a loved one.” -Jonathan Rypkema
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