Personal Growth

What I’m Into (October 2014)

October was a whirlwind. It started off right with chocolate cake covered in dark chocolate frosting for Dan’s birthday, and it ends tonight with some trick or treating with friends. Here’s what I’m into and what I’ve been up to in October. Reading I just finished The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful. I loved it! And I say that as a completely clueless...
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Travel

7 Things I Miss About the South

A year ago we were busily packing the house, looking for a place to rent in Michigan, putting a for-sale sign in our yard, and saying our goodbye’s. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since we left our Southern home and returned to the great North. Now, it’s no secret that I’m a Northern girl at heart. Our time in the South was filled with making...
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Personal Growth

13 Things I Don’t Do

I’m reading Shauna Niequist’s book, Bittersweet where she dedicates an entire chapter to what she doesn’t do. Which reminded me, I needed an updated list. A don’t do list is a great reminder that in order to have a list of what I do, I must have a longer list of what I don’t do. I don’t… Run. It’s of the devil really. I’ll just keep walking thankyouverymuch (with...
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Faith

Dear Kids, We’re in this Together

Let me just say, sometimes I’m not kind to my kids. Sometimes I’m downright mean. And I may or may not have asked my daughter why she thinks she can talk to me like that while talking to her exactly like that. And then there are the times I get angry at my kids for being angry. And the times I wonder why they’re ignoring me when I just...
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Home

5 Benefits of Fewer Toys

Our kids don’t have a ton of toys. Even so, they have enough that we rotate them on a regular basis. And we donate toys on a regular basis. Particularly before Christmas. But why limit our number of toys? Because it does great things for our family. Having fewer toys… 1. Saves Money Which leaves more room in our budget for experiences rather than things. 2. Encourages Creativity Because...
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Faith

Guilt, Complacency, Comparison and the Holy Spirit

We have many friends and acquaintances who are neck deep in true religion. They’re adopting. Or mentoring. Or fostering. Or advocating. They’re giving hard. And the guilt runs deep. Because I compare and feel ashamed. Ashamed of my frustration over croup. Ashamed that we don’t have an inclination to adopt. Ashamed of how little we’ve done for the kingdom. ______________ We have many friends and acquaintances who are neck...
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Personal Growth

A Quick Read, a Reference and a Return to Childhood

After last month’s heavier books, I flew through What Alice Forgot. It’s a fast fictional read about change and marriage and what happens over time. I’m not so sure I love the ending, but I found myself reflecting a lot on my own marriage and how much it, and we, have changed over the last 11 years. Meanwhile, I was combing through Nurture by Nature, attempting to confirm my...
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