Remembering we like each other

How I wish this story read: Last week, my husband and I decided we needed a quick break to be together so we kissed our kids good-bye and hopped on a plane for a week long vacation across the world. How the story actually read: After months of deliberating with enough stress and anxiety to send…
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Show me the Blueprints

In my pre-kids days, I used to savor slowly waking up in the morning as I gleaned divine inspiration for the day. Then I became a mom, and everything changed. Now, a child’s cry jostles me awake and the morning whirlwind begins. Usually about an hour into the morning I find myself sitting across my…
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The Pain of Change and Loss

I have always loved the start of fall. The crisp, sweatshirt weather and sunny skies makes my nostalgic heart skip a beat. The shorter days turn my summery disposition into a reflective one too — one that is all too aware that C H A N G E is a-comin’.  Part of this awareness is…
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No Expectations Attached

Expectation: a strong belief that something will happen and that someone will or should achieve something. When you hear that word, “expectation”, what is your first thought? To be honest, my most recent parenting challenges, lack of margin, and current health struggles caused me to experience the reality of this definition head-on.  After spending three…
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Messy Buns and Blowouts

Sipping peach iced tea while parked in the Caribou parking lot, I scrolled through my emails. My toddler and two month old were sitting comfortably in their carseats. These little drive through expeditions have been this stay-at-home-momma’s way of “getting out” without actually having to get out of the car. As I breathed in my…
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Stuck in the Weeds

I’m an organized planner and a dreamer, so as I go about my multitude of daily responsibilities, I tend to have a lot of “thinking” time. During those moments, I’m not just doing my task at hand, I’m also planning out the days, weeks and months into the future. Oh yes, I get things done.…
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Look Up, Mama!

My husband and I recently spent a long weekend in Colorado. It was a much needed (and honestly, long overdue) getaway. Last winter was the longest of long winters (see my post on snow days that was posted in April! Yes, April!) and even though we had made it to July, the feelings of being…
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Struggle Street

My hubby made an observation about me this week that was totally accurate. He had just gotten home from work and I was on “Struggle Street”, having a not-so-awesome parenting moment. His comment came as I was lamenting about the hardships of my two teens who battle not fitting in and are often left out…
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Daughter, is it true?

I am a momma to three beautiful kids (ages 3, 4 and 7), and recently I found myself struggling through a parenting season of daily insults, negative self-talk, and constant talking back. I tried to combat this with yet another positive parenting strategy and intentional prayer…but let’s just say, this season allowed my patience to…
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God is My Parenting Coach

I remember how inadequate I felt just before adopting our two daughters. I wondered how I would manage being a first-time mom to one, let alone two. As I spent time in prayer one afternoon (feeling a fair amount of trepidation), I sensed God speaking to me. He promised me that he and I would…
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