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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...

For You, Dad When I think about my father, I am filled with such strong emotion and deep gratitude for the relationship we have. A long-lived life can bring anyone to this place. Years of history can either push you apart, or pull you closer, and I have never felt as connected with him as I do now. I am so grateful for this season of open conversations and honest reflection. I am blessed to have a father that is able to embrace all my truths with grace and acceptance. My father is an honorable man. Always has been, always will be. His...

As of this moment, I am currently in Texas visiting my sister and celebrating her five year survivor-ship of Breast Cancer.  She was diagnosed five years ago, May 29th 2009.  Soon after, she discovered she had the BRCA1 mutation and urged us three sisters to get tested.  I was the first to go, and I too had the mutation.  Out of four of us girls, three of us had the BRCA1 mutation.  Three of us girls ended up having double mastectomies, reconstruction, and full hysterectomies.  One sweet sister was saved from this mess. I have always...

Difficult Choices Moms Make:  To Work or Not to Work Today I have a Momtor post up over at my favorite site, sharing the ever changing seasons of my life as a mother.    Moms make some hard decisions about their work and their careers, throughout their journey in parenting.  I believe it is the most difficult choice moms make in navigating their path in parenting.  Here’s a snippet about my take on this topic… “The choice each mom makes, is important and worthy of respect. There are so many variables and benefits...

Within a 24 hour period, I experienced a flood of emotional intensity that still lingers, as it seeps through my bones and mists my spirit with a delicate balance of joy and pain.  This has been one of those ‘raw’ weeks that rips your heart open and shakes your soul with those shattering tremors.  Moments that suddenly force your wheels to come to that palpable screeching halt, crashing into the floodgates that brake open the threshold that was holding it all together. The waves overcome you to your very core… and the ripples...

Jenifer Jernigan is one of my new favorite authors.  I was introduced to her and her beautiful bible study through Inscribed, which is a lovely ministry full of incredible Christian writers.  I received Jenifer’s book, “Dive Deeper:  finding deep faith beyond shallow religion“- and I was hooked at the title immediately.  How many Christians do the ‘walk’ but don’t really ‘dive deeper’ to fulfill their relationship with Christ?  I can only imagine countless souls starved for God’s...

I recently had a heart to heart with a beloved friend.  She is facing a journey no one could imagine, and I am honored to be marching by her side while she pushes forward on a path she did not choose.  She has regrets.  She wishes life before the ‘turn’ would have been different… And it makes me wonder how many of us would have similar regrets if our circumstances changed dramatically. Do we embrace all that we have?  What if it was taken from us too soon?  Our loved ones, family, husbands, children…Those people...

Basic training is over.  Parenting 101 has been taught, reviewed and painstakingly replayed over and over again to finally land in this new glorious game of discipline.  My children have been in ‘ training camp’ for seven-ten years, depending on the child- and they are adjusted, prepared, and educated enough to embark in this brave new world.  I have finally reached the pinnacle of parenting in this phase of fundamental survival.  They are beyond the potty training days of sticker charts and rewards for ‘good behavior’. ...

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