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An Open Letter To Maddie Runkles

Dear Maddie, You are an incredibly brave young woman. I’m amazed at your strength and poise during this time of very public exposure. I don’t know if you’ll ever get to read this, but your story stirred something inside of me and I had to respond. You made the hard choice, the path less traveled. I know that did not …

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Parenthood- Where I Realize I’m Not Prepared and Try to Talk Texas Tech Football

No one adequately prepared me for parenthood and in hindsight, no one really could. How can one be adequately prepared for something that is constantly changing, constantly growing, filled with immense joys and filled with indescribable trials?  I often hear people talk about having kids “when they are ready”, but you will never be fully ready. It’s like childbirth. You …

To My Weary Sister-in-Arms- The Homeschooling Mom in May

Listen, sister, we can be real here. This is a safe place. Not the internet, that’s not a safe place. But here in my little corner of the web, you are safe. It’s safe to admit that sometimes you might spend the month of May and early part of June researching every public and private school in your area because, …

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Courageous Motherhood

Every day across this globe there are weary mothers laying their heads on their pillows at the end of the day, running through all the tasks they weren’t able to accomplish, or reliving the spat with their children or spouse, and piling the weight of the world’s standards onto their own shoulders and drowning in “mom guilt.” To be fair, …

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The Power of Words

  Every addict who has entered the 12 step program has to first admit two truths. We admitted we were powerless over our addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable. And the second- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. It is typically said that one has to hit their “rock bottom” …

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More than the Highlight Reel- Redeeming the Mundane

Jessica Clark, posted a funny status the other day, as she often does. Her post read, “On Judgment Day, if all those tracts are right and they roll a video of my life to be weighed, they’ll just need to fast-forward through like 30 years of me just washing the dishes.” I laughed at this and then it got me …

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Grace Changes Everything

Grace. The beautiful mystery of a second chance that is undeserved. I’ve known grace many times. To have words seasoned with grace is a prayer that often crosses my lips. A quote I read today pierced me deeply. It was written by one of my favorite writers, a woman whose words have the ability to simultaneously convict, encourage, and inspire …

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How To Stop Striving and Start Living

It’s been an interesting season over here. I’ve taken about 4 months off from blogging. It’s a good practice in life to really evaluate what you are doing, what you’re spending your time and energy on and whether or not you should continue to do so… When we were packing up and moving into our new home in March it …