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Messy Beautiful Friendship Book Review

Messy Beautiful Friendship Book Review

I just finished reading Christine Hoover’s Messy Beautiful Friendship which comes out on April 18th, and I’ve enjoyed it immensely and wanted to share a few thoughts and quotes from it with you. First off, I wasn’t sure what to expect from a book about cultivating women’s friendship. […]

Words With A Purpose

Words With A Purpose

  Words, words, words. We use them every day. And God has quite a bit to say about our words. Our words can build up or tear down. They can be kind or bitter. They can bring God glory or bring Him shame. Today in […]

Does this generation know what love is?

Does this generation know what love is?

I read an article the other day that made me wonder if our current generation understands love at all. It was entitled “Survey: Sleeping together before a first date is a-okay, but cracked phones are a put off.”. My heart hurt after reading it, and […]

Weekend Edition: Copycat Shepherd’s Pie, Natural Cures, and Favorite Things

Weekend Edition: Copycat Shepherd’s Pie, Natural Cures, and Favorite Things

I hope you are all having a great weekend. Some newsy stuff:: We’re in the middle of construction again and I’m super excited about this part of our renovation: my kitchen makeover. It feels surreal to be getting new kitchen cabinets and to be able […]

My 3 Small Resolutions for 2017

My 3 Small Resolutions for 2017

Like everyone else, I love the idea of a new year and a clean slate but like I mentioned in my last post entitled New Year’s Resolutions For the Rest of Us , grand goals are not a realistic option for me in this stage of […]

A Newsy, Political-free Post

A Newsy, Political-free Post

This is going to be newsy because I haven’t had much time to blog in a while. I’m staying off-line for the most part because of the drama/hate/turmoil of the election. It breaks my heart to see the lows of humanity and the fact that […]

On Being A Counter-Cultural Mom

On Being A Counter-Cultural Mom

My mom was a counter-cultural mom. When everyone else was watching certain movies and listening to certain music, my mom said no. When disrespect was flying out of the mouth of teenagers everywhere, mom expected respect to our elders, including her. We didn’t call boys. […]

A few thoughts on foster care from the first year.

A few thoughts on foster care from the first year.

Several of you have asked me to write about my fostering experience, so I thought I’d share a few thoughts about that. Obviously, I can’t write details, but I can give you some general thoughts. In some ways, fostering at my age is like being […]

Polluted Worship

Polluted Worship

Imagine God sitting down with your conservative, conscientious church and describing it as one that: despises God is polluted is profane is unacceptable. That’s the scenario that plays out in Malachi, a book we are studying with out teen group for a regional Bible quiz. […]