Can taking pictures with my phone bring gratitude?

I seriously tend to cringe when I hear about "themed" days for bloggers. I think part of it is because I always struggled finding one I liked and could stick with. And honestly, I'm not even sure "Thankful Thursdays" is a thing but it's going to be my thing.

I got the idea from Ann Voskamp actually. In her book One Thousand Gifts, she talks about how taking everyday, mundane, nothing new...

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5 Ways Traveling with Kids Will Improve Your Marriage

I wish I could say that Mike and I traveled the world before we settled down to start a family. We did your typical yearly vacation to tourist attractions in the U.S., but nothing over-the-top.

No trips to Italy to boat the canals of Venice. No decadent pastries in Paris as we strolled the sidewalks at night. Although, there were some exotic moments on our first cruise to the Caribbean. We...

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Just for Fun

What I’m into right now: Silicone, MMD, 13 Reasons and Tim Ferriss #fiveonfriday

I feel like when I get together with other wives and moms our conversations usually entail things we're really into at the moment. You know, "Oh, I just found this great flourless recipe for chocolate banana bread" or I am so in love with The Betty Rocker and her awesome workout moves." Whatever it is, we like to talk and we like to talk about what we love and share it with others. Who knows?...

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To the Grieving Mama on Mother’s Day

I keep cards. I have this box under my bed that’s full of memories and notes from friends and family who have given me wishes on special occasions. I picked up this habit from my mother. She always kept cards we kids gave her.

When she passed away we found many boxes and containers full of cards and memorabilia that she kept through the years. Cards with our names scribbled on them from...

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Guest Posts

Stop Letting Perfectionism Steal Your Joy

If I had to name only one writer who is as genuine and honest as they come in their writing, then I would tell you about Emily. Not only is she someone who stays transparent in her writing but she is someone whose insight and opinions about writing I value. Since we both have two littles within 2 1/2 years of each other, we have found ourselves at times messaging each other in the middle of...

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Guest Posts

Trusting God To Provide

When she writes about topics like "why babysitting should be in your budget" and her husband's "unique view of a Proverbs 31 wife" I knew Ayanna was a writer I could connect with. Her candor about having financial peace in your home will motivate you to break chains in areas of your life using God as your guide. That sounds sort of trite but her encouragement is true and when you read her...

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Struggling Faith

When You Feel Like Your Job Has No Value In The Kingdom

How quickly I forget my true identity of who I am in Christ.

This morning I woke up and had this overwhelming sense of unworthiness. I wondered if all this writing business I’m attempting really encourages anyone. And I know I’m not alone in this sort of personal value intake.

Husband and I have talked about this before. He too has gone through phases where he feels like his job is...

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Marriage, Struggling Faith

Maybe Being Angry in your Marriage is a Good Thing

Sometimes I get so angry with my husband that I can’t even begin to explain what that anger feels like.

I get incredibly frustrated. Like I just want to pull my hair out. Literally. Anything to take my mind off how angry I am.

Sometimes I play these scenes over and over in my head. Husband comes home from work. I yell at him. He sort of yells and responds, we hug and forgive and then...

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Bubby, Gratitude, Motherhood

Saying Goodbye to Being a Parent of One

I never thought I would be sad to welcome our second child.

I used to think I would have only one child. Scratch that. I used to think we’d never have any children. I used to think I’d be a teacher forever and that was good enough. And here I am a mom of a toddler boy with our second, a girl, due in a few weeks.

And I can’t imagine life any other way.


Seriously, I...

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