Best Lent Ever: No Social Media

On Ash Wednesday I deactivated my only social media account, Facebook. 1 week ago from today was the anticipated return. Within minutes of my return I received an important work related message, read through a party related group thread, registered for a fertility conference, and saw a few friend pictures I would have otherwise missed. Yet, after those initial “catching up” minutes were over, I was very much unimpressed. The appeal was gone.

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Jan/Feb Booklist!

This is a pretty eclectic list (I prefer non-fiction, but try to vary a spiritual, parenting, medical, self-help, and fiction) so hopefully there is something that peaks your interest! I really enjoyed them all.

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Working Womb to Tomb

Aren’t God’s plans always so much better than our own? A few months ago I received an email alerting me that my Nurse Practitioner Certification was up for renewal. Basically, if I did not get a job fast, my certification would expire. It was perfect timing, since after a few years at home with my babies, I was itching to wear my stethoscope. My background is in family practice, and my passion in women’s health, but I somehow landed in hospice...

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31 Lessons I've Learned

Last week I celebrated my 31st birthday. I didn’t really prepare to turn 31. At least not compared to the extreme preparation of party planning & new decade goal setting my 30th received. Yet, the non-monumental occasion allowed for some inner reflection and acceptance of maturity for this extravert.

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My 30 Books This Year!

The experience of reading is not about crossing off a list, reading more than your neighbor or doubling last years number. We don’t read to have read, we read to read. 30 is just a number. The experience of one great book read slowly and thoughtfully over the course of a year can have more power than 50 books read lightly….The real adventure lies in your relationship to written word, the story, the characters, and the truths shared.

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Marriage Advice I Need to Take

A friend recently asked me, what surprised me most about marriage? After a brief reflection on my 7 year marriage, I responded, "That there were so many things I didn’t know about myself! How selfish I was before I was married and how much I would need to depend on God’s grace. Most of all what surprised me about marriage was how my love for my husband could really grow deeper each year.”

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Sons Like You

Today is our 7 year anniversary! 7 years. One of my friends was telling me recently that 7 years counts as some kind of marriage milestone…well, I guess every year does, but I’ll take it. I am so proud of us.

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Mistakes

There is nothing new under the sun. Other than my own life experience, the conclusions of truths I find have been found before. Learn from my mistakes, grow from my failures. Avoid near occasion of sin. Know myself.

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What Can I Do?

I haven’t read all of the articles, I haven’t listened to the press conferences. I haven’t talked it out with my faithful friends. I’m shamefully holding onto my sanguine tendency to focus on the fun, trivial matters on life. But we are one body in Christ, and I can’t ignore the bleeding wounds of my brothers & sisters & our beloved Church. I can’t ignore my Facebook feed, my main source of news. I won’t believe the lie that this doesn’t effect me, and the lie that there is nothing I can do…

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How to Support a PostPartum Mom

We made it, better than I ever thought possible, through the first month postpartum with our tribe of three little men 5 & under. Every mom experience is different, but I have definitely found the transition from 2-3 kids much easier than the transition from 1-2. God's grace abounds, your heart expands. 

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Anthony's Birth Story - Part 2

Despite my best efforts the night before, I woke up Tuesday morning still pregnant. I just couldn’t believe I was about to walk into a hospital to give birth, while not already being in labor. It felt surreal, hypocritical, and a bit scary. Basically, everything that I didn’t want.

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Anthony's Birth Story - Part 1

The birth of our third son amazingly turned out to be the natural, divine, but once again, unexpected, experience I had spent months praying for. Now that I am joyously soaking up every second of my precious newborn, I am able to reflect on the power in sharing our birth stories and identifying God’s hand in every detail. Sharing our birth stories has the ability to bring healing, empowerment, unity, freedom, and validation among us females treading water through the fertility years.

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Creating Family Reading Culture

If you love to read, if you want to love to read, if you have a struggling reader, if you are looking for amazing booklists for any age, if you want to be astonishingly inspired to make meaningful and lasting connections with your kids, or if you want to create a family reading culture - stop what you are doing right now & add Sarah Mackeznie’s new book, The Read Aloud Family, to your amazon cart!

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Personal Invitation

Yesterday on social media, I posted about my struggle with balancing motherhood and career in this stage of my life, and not surprisingly received an overwhelming response in solidarity. Another validation that the devil is working overtime to tempt us in solitude, strip us of our feminine genius, our privilege of being a woman (amazing read!) and sow lies of doubt, jealousy, and competition between our sex. 

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Surround Yourself

My joy does not come from myself. Left on my own, my selfish desires easily take over, I become weak to the temptation of sin, sucked into worldly concerns, and prideful of my own doing…certainly nothing to brag about! I know God does not mean for us to fight for the victory of heaven alone...

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Not What I Expected

I believe Shakespeare got it right when he warned, “Expectation is the root of all heartache.” At least half right. I have been thinking a lot about expectations ever since my last rosary group meeting posed the intriguing question, “Does your life look different than you expected? How have your priorities changed as your faith increased?” It struck a cord in my heart.

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