A Million Little Reasons

There are a million little reasons why I support Compassion International. One reason is the little boy in Ghana that I sponsor and have seen grow and learn over the years thanks to Compassion. Years ago I heard some of my favorite bloggers like Emily P Freeman, The Nester, Kat Lee at Inspired to Action and Tsh at The Art of Simple talk/write about their experiences with Compassion. I could site the organization's efficiency and how many lives they've transformed but the experience these … [Read more...]

Lessons from Daniel

Have you ever had that happen where a theme or a story or a person or a verse will come up in more than one place? For me that has been Shadrach Meshack and Abednego. I can't get these guys out of my head. On Sunday at church we were studying Daniel and then on Monday listening to the happy hour with Jamie Ivy while driving to work she talked about Shadrach Meshack and Abednego with Bianca Juarez Olthoff. Random, right? I'm thinking no actually. God wants me to learn something from these … [Read more...]

Three Ways to Make Back to School Less Stressful

I love back to school season. And not because the kids go back to school but I love the fresh start, autumn around the corner, school supplies and new clothes. But... it can be a little hectic. Summer never seems long enough so everyone is rushing to buy back to school outfits and supplies at the last minute. Everything on your supply list seems to be sold out. And you're not sure if you are supposed to get your stepkid a new backpack or if biomom is planning on that. Here are three ways … [Read more...]

How to Have Less Worry and More Peace

One of my very first blog posts back in May 2013 was about spring break. It's funny how much things have changed in those few short years between then and now. I remember how worried I was then. How much I stressed about this child that I loved so much, and I still do, but had so little control over. Do you ever control your children? Biological or step? No, we really don't. But back then I worried so much for his safety - physical, emotional and spiritual. I hated that time away from us … [Read more...]

2 Ways to be Present with Your Kids

Couple of days ago T was playing with the indoor basketball hoop (that is actually the baby's but that's another story 😊) and he turned to me and said "where's the ball?" You guys, I spent probably a good five minutes looking for the ball before I turned around and looked at him. You know where the ball was? Under his shirt! T thought it was hilarious that he tricked me. I felt bad. Really bad. If I had just stopped and really looked at him I would've seen it right away. I was just … [Read more...]

Giving Grace Even When Kids are Grumpy

Do you ever just feel grumpy? Do you forget to say please and thank you? Do you snap at the people you love? Confession: I do. Why is it then when the teenager is grumpy I get so bent out of shape about it? I don't like feeling this way. I need to ask God to change my heart. To help me give T grace. Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. James 1:19 Rather than get frustrated when he is grumpy, I should listen … [Read more...]

One Word 2016

Since 2009 people throughout the blogosphere have been choosing a word or even a phrase to guide their year. I last did this in 2014 and don't feel like I was very successful. But this year I'm feeling like I need to try again! So... My one word for the year is really a phrase: give it over to Jesus. God had already been trying to teach me how important it is to "take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:5) Have you participated in One Word before? Did … [Read more...]

Being Intentional as my Child Learns and Grows

With my little, this season is so much fun. He is learning so much and growing so quickly. This morning s during tummy time, he scooted forward so he could grab a toy that was just out of reach. He was getting his little legs under him and he hadn't done that before. It was very exciting. He loves to read and seriously has since we brought him home from the hospital. At just weeks old he would intently look at the book as we read it him. He'd grab the edges of the book even. Now he starts … [Read more...]

Write 31 Days (That’s a Wrap)

Well, I didn't exactly succeed at writing for all 31 days of October but I did write more than half the month so that's worth something I think. 😊 Here are four things I learned by writing about encouragement this month:  Don't be anxious. Worrying does not help at all. It doesn't change your circumstances and it doesn't make anything better. Put your trust in God and let him take on your anxieties. Seek wisdom. Instead of worrying ask God for wisdom. He will guide you if you … [Read more...]

Favorite Things

A few of my favorite things this week include music for the kids and free gifts for mom. Thanks to an email from Wildly Co I found The Pop Ups  on Prime Music via the 2015 kids and family music awards. Shutterfly is offering a few free gifts this weekend including an 8x10 art print. I'm thinking I might try to make this nontoxic finger paint so my little one can decorate a small pumpkin for Halloween. ---- Post may contain affiliate links. … [Read more...]