A Word to Live By for the New Year

“She sits still before the Lord.” – Psalm 37:7

Last year I was introduced to the idea of choosing a word to live by for the year. We talk about resolutions and goals, but I think of this as more of a heart and soul work. The idea is to pick a word that represents how you’d like to live your life moving forward into the coming year; something that trickles down into many areas of your life.

Last year, it was obvious to me that I wanted to focus on being more “present” – and that was my word for 2017. I’ll admit I started out strong and faded a bit, as we always do. I was much more intentional with my time, my distractions and not multitasking the day away. Practically, this meant I put down my phone and devices more, I focused on getting more sleep and quiet time, and I made a concerted effort to give my kids and husband more of my full attention. {read more}

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A Word to Live By

A friend of mine introduced me to the concept of choosing a word to live by for the year. She shared how after much thought and prayer, the word “simplify” was laid on her heart last year, so she opened her heart to what “simplifying” would bring to her life. I began to notice she would reference the word often as she made decisions throughout her week. I loved it.

I am not a big goal setter or someone who sets New Year’s resolutions, but I’d like to live more intentionally. Meaning that I don’t want to miss out on life as life goes by, but to live in it more fully, more open, more present. {read more}

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Happy 5th Birthday Stella!

Stella turns 5
Photo by Kaptured by Koren Photography

My baby is 5 today!

I was cuddling with Stella last night in between birthday parties and I held her and told her the story of the day she was born with tears in my eyes. You know those moments in your life that you can recall so clearly? The details are firmly etched in my heart, I can be transported right back to that day.

The day she was born, the air had a charge in it and it was unusually warm. I remember in between contractions looking out the window at the leaves floating down from the trees and the sun peaking through rain clouds. Looking back, my labor with her was the perfect foreshadowing of what was to come – intense and fast; emotional. But there was a peace in the room as I delivered her too. All the anticipation for her made the moment so much sweeter. I am now surprisingly grateful for the struggle of infertility – the hard reality of conversations with specialists, the miscarriages and the lows I felt during all the unknown. Because when were given the gift of Stella, I held on to her much tighter. I knew the plan for our family was unfolding just as it was supposed to. {read more}

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God is in Charge

I love Jesus. I proudly accept the invitation to be a daughter of the King. But can I confess something? I cringe a bit every time I hear someone say “God’s in charge.”

Lately the world, and my little world, has been all too heavy. That’s the only word that I can use to justly describe the stress, pain and sadness playing out around me. Heavy. Like those thick plastic blankets they put over you before you get an X-ray. It’s harder to get up and at ’em when your soul is being weighed down. {read more}

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Dear Moms of Only Children

moms of only children
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This topic has been on my heart lately. I have several mom friends that have one child and they so often throw me the line, “it’s easier for me, I only have one,” or “you’ve already got your hands full and I just have the one child.” Stop apologizing moms of only children, you’ve got it tough too.

I have three kids now, but for the first four years of motherhood, I had one. Many of my friends around me were having their second child. I watched them through the transition of having multiple children, and in many ways, I struggled to relate. My world as a stay at home mom wasn’t changing, but theirs was going thru a complete overhaul. I felt a little lost. {read more}

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