What I'm loving lately!

I LOVE the back to school/work feeling of September!!! Feels like so much MORE pressure to get all the things done you’ve wanted to this year & hit the grind haha! One of the most inspiring things keeping me going has been the growth mindset, “committing my plans to the Lord,” and remembering Coach Wooden's words, “there is no substitute for work. Worthwhile results come from hard work and careful planning.”

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Thoughts on Bachelorette Parties

Last weekend was my little sister’s bachelorette party. I’m honestly still recovering from the fun, ha. But mainly processing the impact it had on the perspective of my stage of life. Then I was appropriately reminded that exactly 8 years ago today was my bachelorette party.

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How to Overcome Mom Envy

I have a million blog posts I’ve been waiting to get to, but in my hour break this Monday afternoon I feel this is the most pressing on my heart. Oh, motherhood! Oh, early motherhood! Those first years where you constantly doubt your identity, your capabilities, your children. No one is immune to the purging of selfishness we must go through as we learn what giving of ourselves to our children looks like.

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The Best Parenting Advice I've Heard!

I am a self-help guru. A relaxing day for me would be to read a few more of parenting books, or searching for a few more to add to my overflowing amazon cart. On my way home from my parents lakehouse today I binged a few more of Parenting Great Kids Podcast (highly recommended!). While all of these efforts spent studying how to talk to my kids, what the best books to read, what limits to set, and on and on, are good, this weekend I was wisely reminded about something even better.

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Our 2nd Homeschool Year!

We did it! I still am in shock that we have successfully homeschooled Kindergarten. The feeling when you find yourself in a place you had never envisioned. Yet, these precious times fly by, the long days and short years. And when the awaited month of June comes after the grinding and waiting from dreary March, we can look back and breath and smile. Look at all that our amazing children have learned. Think of all they have experienced in that short, but long, year. Look at their first day of school pictures and sigh. Lord, how these firstborns tug at a mama’s heart.

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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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