The things that are saving my life right now

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  Modern Mrs. Darcy challenged us to think through and write a list of what is saving our life right now. It’s a great question to think about and helps bring to our attention what to be grateful for. What is giving you life? There is MUCH on my list, but here is a list of just a few things that helped me out today. My …

Monthly Goals for February

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I wanted to share my goals here on the blog so I have additional accountability. I have big goals and big plans for 2016 – I’m so excited for this year!! I took most of the month of January to set my goals for this year. I have 20 goals for the entire year – yikes!! But for the month of February, I’m going to …

5 Habits to Begin this Week + My Reading Goals

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This month I went through the Make Over Your Mornings (affiliate link) course by Money Saving Mom, Crystal Paine. I LOVED it! It has helped me get back into a routine of being purposeful with my mornings. And when that happens, I get so much more done!! I would highly recommend this online course. It just takes 20 minutes a day and it is SO helpful: …

Stop the “draining Mommy” cycle

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Kids are such a precious gift from God. I can’t help but give my boys a kiss every time I pick one of them up. They are so lovable. Except when they are NOT. Except when you are in the middle of the grocery store and your toddler is shrieking as loud as he can, just for the fun of it. Except when it is …

Reclaiming My Mornings

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I’ve always been more productive in the mornings and I like to get up early, but I’ve struggled with being disciplined enough to go to be early. And I NEED my sleep. I don’t function well on little sleep. I’ve had to adjust in these babies years of surviving on little sleep, but I’m only just surviving. I’d rather be thriving. I know that unless I …

Hospitality Focus for the Holidays

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It is easy to see opportunities to give this holiday season. Most people are focused on giving or donating and sometimes incorporate it into their Christmas gifts. I want to challenge you to think beyond giving as an individual, or as a family. I want to challenge you to show hospitality as a church this season. What does that mean? I’ve talked before on how …

Today I have a new mindset that will change my life!!

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Today is a new day. I woke early, spent some time in prayer, and took time to really process. I have a new mindset, and a goal that I’m going to renew my mind daily and this IS going to change my life!! Let me share with you how God is working in my life. It may help you see how you can start to process some things in …

Our boys: update on Ebron Asher (8 mo.) & Ain Levi (2 yrs.)

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I feel bad – #momguilt – that I have not posted more updates about my second-born Ebron. For my first I posted an update every month until he was a year. Now, my second is 8 months old and I have only posted about him for his birth, him at 2 weeks old, and now. Going from 1 child to 2 children was harder than …

Focus for this Website

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I am constantly pulled in so many different directions. I have two boys under the age of 2 1/2 and I have the type of personality that wants to take on every challenge I hear about! Haha. Yet, I want to be making the most of my time. I am aware that the time I have with my kids is very important. I need to …

Setting Life Priorities

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This week I’ve been working through a little 4-part mini-series on Belonging to a Family of Families. First, I talked about what Christ’s plan for the Church was. We looked at Ephesians 2:17-3:11, where Paul states he was given the task to preach the gospel to the Gentiles and also, to reveal to everyone what the household order of the church is. Secondly, we look at passages describing …

Living Within a Family of Families

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Hello everyone! I talked about what Christ’s plan for the Church was, earlier this week. We looked at Eph 2:17-3:11, where Paul states he was given the task to preach the gospel to the Gentiles and secondly, to reveal to everyone what the household order of the church is. And yesterday we look at passages describing how to live within a believing family. It takes a right understanding of …

Belonging to a Family of Families

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Yesterday I talked about what Christ’s plan for the Church was. I talked about how Jesus loves His church and planned for it in eternity past. He provided for it through His death and resurrection. He gave it a mission (the Great commission) and He gave it His Holy Spirit. Today I want to get more into the Church’s role to fulfill our need of belonging …

Christ’s Plan – The Church

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God has built into each one of us a sense that we are put here on Earth for a purpose. Life is not meant to be spent meaninglessly, year after year just going through the motions with no sense of purpose. Two of the greatest needs in life are finding a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose. As we know from numerous news …

Top 3 Reasons to try Baby-Led Weaning and How To Start

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This post is a follow-up to my original Why I’m doing Baby-Led Weaning and What it Looks Like. I wanted to write this follow-up post after refreshing myself on the baby-led weaning approach and how I’m handling it with my second baby. First of all, I just wanted to remind myself that it’s worth it. (Some days, I’m tempted to just spoon-feed the kid, since that would …

Thinking Outside the Box to Maximize my Time

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Last time I talked about prioritizing my time based around the roles God has given me. Because, let’s face it, life is constantly choosing what to do and want not to do. As a mom of two Littles (2 boys under the age of 2 1/2), I still find it is hard to find time to accomplish much more than just keeping my kids alive …

Hospitality = Unusual kindness and love

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Last week I wrote my first post on hospitality and focused on preparing the heart for hospitality. If you haven’t read it yet, go back and read it. Next week I’ll focus on preparing the home for hospitality. I’ll give you some great tips and some good things to have on hand. But today, I want to look as some Scriptures to give us perspective. Matthew 25:35-36,40: …

The Need for a Day of Rest

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We don’t value the need for a day of rest as a culture like we should. Our society thrives on busy, busy, do, do, buy, buy. Our culture values packed schedules. But a busy, frantic pace isn’t healthy and it prevents us from being able to take time to savor life. As a mom of two boys under the age of 2 1/2 and the wife of a man …

The Need to Gather as Women

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I’ve mentioned Titus 2:4-5 before. I’m trying to memorize it. “Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the …

Becoming a student of your husband

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I knew for this series I wanted to take some time to process and write about pursuing my husband. In the rush and care of little ones, my husband is often put last. And that is not the way it should be. My relationship with him should be one of the highest priorities (second only to my relationship with God). As I talked about on Monday, …

What it means to be a Disciple of Christ

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Thanks for stopping by again!! On Tuesdays I’ll be covering topics about my faith. Lately, I’ve been leading a Bible study in which I’m going through the foundational tenants of my faith. I want to summarize what I’ve been studying to solidify these principles (plus it might help me be able to talk about them easily on the spot!). Today I’m to start with the …