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    Fitting

    (http://bestwallpapershere.blogspot.com/p/friendship-day-wallpapers.html) Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time. Proverbs 15:23 NLT I didn’t realize that this verse was in the Bible. It’s pretty interesting. I’ve always known this, but didn’t know that it was right there! I’ve been reading and studying this verse and  I have come to realize that our Heavenly Father wants everyone to get something out of a fitting reply even the ones giving it. You have probably been on the receiving end more times than you can count.  Whether it’s been a phone call, a conversation, or some advice where you have experienced the power of…

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    What A Message!!

    A few weeks ago, I took the girls to see Cinderella. I have to say that I left there inspired! We watch A LOT of kid movies since we have four little ones running around and I was impressed by the message that it delivered. My girls are only three, so they didn’t understand everything. They saw beautiful dresses and lots of “sparkalies”. When the mother was dying and she had her daughter promise her to always have courage and be kind, I felt like I had an epiphany. It was like it was so “mind-opening” to realize that those two simple phrases have so much meaning and are all…

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    Circle It

    I have to admit that most days I go to bed feeling like I have failed again at so many things that day. Most of that comes from parenting. I suck at parenting! That’s the best way I know to say it.  I realize that that’s a pretty strong word to use, but it’s definitely how I feel probably six out of the seven days of the week! No one tells you what parenting looks, sounds, or feels like. These kids can rip my heart out, melt it, and fill it up with so much joy that I don’t know how my chest can withstand all the changes. No one…

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    What I’m Giving Up

      9 When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. 10 And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. 11 At that moment the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!” 12 “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son,…

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    Blessed!

    This past year has been one to remember…but only the good! After reading a post from Courtney DeFeo about appreciating 2014 before stressing over 2015 has prompted me to do the same. Click here to read her post and check out what amazing things she has done this past year. I looked back at pictures starting in January of 2014 and realized how many firsts that we experienced this year! I followed a calling and started this blog! My trips transitioned from cribs to big beds. They were potty trained over Spring Break! Whoop, Whoop! No pictures to share there! I was recognized as Teacher of the Year at my…

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    Yes I Am “That” Mom

    Yesterday was career day for the kids at church. So, the night before I was asking Caleb what he wanted to be when he grew up. He named a couple of things like a pirate or a ghost. I kept prompting him to tell me what else he wanted to be and he finally said a gold power ranger, so he could get the bad guys. I couldn’t break his heart and tell him that being a power ranger wasn’t a real career. As I was getting ready for church I started questioning what other people would think about sending my child as a power ranger for career day. Then I remembered…

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    Be Intentional…

    Today I felt insulted and embarrassed by words that may not have not been said to make me feel that way.  I have to admit that even at my age it’s not easy to respond with grace for the offender. I have rehearsed several versions of a response to this person and each time I am gently reminded… And now dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.  Philippians 4:8 NLT Don’t say “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the LORD to…

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    My Bucket List

    Most of you have a bucket list (at least in your head) of things you would like to do in this lifetime. That list, for me,  consists of a lot of traveling all over the world that can’t be checked off until kids are grown and retirement starts. I am laid-back in so many ways, but I am also a planner and a list maker. I get satisfaction from being able to mark things off my list. It kind of feels like a graduation day or at least calls for a happy dance when I actually finish a list!! Well, you know what I mean…it’s quite an accomplishment. Even just being…

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    Are You Dreaming?

    How many of you had a dream that you tucked away when you had kids or thought people would think you were crazy or that it’s just too far out of your comfort zone? We were all created with a purpose! God places those dreams on our hearts and it’s up to us to follow through. Sometimes those dreams may be scary or impossible, but they can happen! It’s never too late to start living that dream and making it become reality. If you are like me, you worry about what people think. I am definitely overcoming that mindset. I have learned that sometimes you have to take risks with your dreams…

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    What for?

    When you hear of sudden tradegy in someone’s life it usually puts things in perspective. We realize that most of the things that we put our energy into will not matter when we are gone. We suddenly have a strong need to let our loved ones know we love them and go out of our way to show that love. The sad thing is that in a short while all of that extra love and kindness stops and life takes over again. What we seem to forget as our lives get busy, especially this time of year, is that at any moment EVERYTHING could be taken away; your family, house, car, job,…