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Sometimes when you are exhausted and think you are simply too worn to do much else, life takes a twisted turn off the cliff of predictable and pushes you to an entirely new level of survival. Things shift and priorities plunge into ‘crisis’ mode, where minute-by-minute you try to breathe, decide on what next, and do it. It happens. This is where I am. Just in time for the Holiday. Life. It can relentlessly leave you in the wake of sudden blows causing crashing crumbling pieces to flood your days and nights, as you attempt to wade through...

Time… I have been thinking a lot about time. How fast and fleeting it can be. How generous and magnificent is its wonder. And what a thief it can become. I’ve been digging into deep contemplation, as the season changes and the air gets heavy. And I wonder about this thing called time. How does it happen? The magic of it all.       One day you are staring into the eyes of your man before the wedding begins, and he spends that fleeting first moment wiping the atrocious amounts of snot off your face as you cry… You...

In our family, we set out on a mission to build character and instill faith in our children.  When the kids were little, it was all about keeping them fed and safe from harm.  We were immersed in changing diapers, and teaching them how to eat and speak and walk.  The functioning is at it’s peak during those critical years of development, as we bundle our little ones to protect them from the cold and rock them to sleep- the basic fundamentals are laid before us. But as the years roll along, our children need a different set of...

Our world is entrenched in war, in mass killings and terror that spreads throughout the globe. I wake each day holding my breath as I listen to the headlines, afraid this may be the day that evil spreads to this great land I live in. I exhale an exhaustive relief that I am protected once again to carry out my life untouched by the excruciating and torturous acts that are carried out on the lives of millions far from my safe and comfortable home. There are countless innocent victims who have to endure such suffering of violence and hate,...

I mentioned on Facebook that I have set a goal to start supporting more bloggers who have published books and I intend to share more of the many talented writers and friends through my blog and on all my social media outlets. I couldn’t think of a better way to use my time and invest my money. There are countless bloggers out there that have published their work, and they have launched that gift out into the world. I will be featuring many of them here on my blog, and I hope you too can invest and be inspired by their hard work and...

Dear teacher, Today I relinquish my precious children into your care.  Do you know how important you are to me?  To them?  From this day forward, you are a valuable force in what defines them.  You will encourage or discourage, inspire or disappoint, empower or dishearten, engage or mislead, expect or neglect, fulfill or deplete… These young innocent lives I have placed in your hands.  Your role is significant as it will either propel my kids forward, or pull them back.  Much of their life will revolve around you.  Your character...

Friends, today I am sharing with you two beautiful people with an honorable mission in parenting.  Lori and Becky are the creators of 1 Corinthians 13, a site which I have had the joy and the privilege to contribute to regularly.   They offer such great information and encouragement with a variety of articles from many different authors. Their Christian values, based on the scripture surely will resonate with all parents in loving their children with compassion and patience!  If you haven’t checked them out yet, be sure to take...

This is my TToT mission:  Finding new thankful hearts!  Why not reach out and compel others to share their own list of Thankfuls?  Each week, as my beloved friend Lizzi calls us to heed the power in gratitude, I will carry the message outside of my blog.  It will be my ongoing goal to encourage others to claim what is good and worthy of praise in their lives.  I think Lizzi would be pleased with this goal.  Yes, Lizzi?     I believe Phil 4:8 says it best: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is...

I had one of those heart to heart talks with my kids, one night while we were doing our snuggle time before bed. It started with that beautiful embrace as they stretched their arms out to me and squealed ‘Do that thing you do mommy!” I jumped on the bed in between them and rolled over to hug and kiss one child, while the other screamed and fought for me. I then turned and hugged and kissed the other child, while the other one fought for me. And as they giggled and kept battling for my attention while reaching and pulling me...

Parenting is hard.  So hard.  And we all have different ideas and perceptions and ways of doing our best to raise our kids.  I have discovered through the years, that the hardest part of parenting is letting go of expectations.  There is this notorious “rule book of raising kids” that I seem to not follow most of the time.  The ages and stages and phases that we are commanded to track and ensure our children are successfully achieving… get blurry over here in our house.  Perhaps it’s because my first born...

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