All together now

Five weeks until we meet the newest model, and physically, things are getting a little tougher for me. I’ve been blessed to avoid bed rest this time around, only enjoying a few days of mandated “on the couch” per doctor’s orders when I overdo it. It’s not taking much to get to that point right now; two days in a row of being out of the house and on my feet all day earlier this week left me sore, walking slow, having a few too many contractions, and nursing a sciatic nerve that wouldn’t let me sleep at night.

So, yeah … not doing that again.

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Calling all celebrities!

All of you celebrities reading this blog (and I’m sure there are a lot of you), I want you to know that I’m lifting up a prayer for you. And I’m encouraging others to do the same.
It’s not that I’m praying I’ll get to meet you or that you’ll send me free swag or invite me to spend the day on your big yacht or at your expensive mansion. (Although, I must confess there are some of you I wouldn’t mind meeting this side of Paradise for the sake of a good conversation.) Rather, I’m praying that you’ll start using your God-given talents for… well… God, and that people will know it.

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New homeschoolers, lend me your ear {Sonlight Blog Party}

This is the third installment in a year-long blog party designed to help Sonlight celebrate 25 years of serving homeschoolers. In January, I introduced our family. Last month, I shared how we first started on our journey as a home educating family. This month’s assignment is to focus on what great advice we’ve been given over the years, and what we like to share with new homeschoolers.

I had probably been homeschooling for 15 minutes when I got my first bit of advice. I don’t remember it, exactly, or much of what came over the course of the next few years as I tried my best to find the rhythm that fit my kids, my style, and my family. Here’s the thing about advice: it often says more about the person offering it than it does about you, or your needs. It’s a fearful thing, stepping up and telling another person the right way to do something … especially in regards to something as personal as educating your kids.

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A Momma’s prayer, five years on

God’s got his hand on you so 
don’t live life in fear
forgive and forget
but don’t forget why you’re here
Take your time and pray
These are the words I would say

-Sidewalk Prophets, “The Words I Would Say”


Some birthdays just feel like milestones. For me, 10 is one of them. Double digits! The doorway from little kid to middle kid! The beginning of so much change and upheaval and thought!

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A two-way street

The other day, we received an email from one of our favorite supporting churches. Now, truth is, we would have been happy to hear from them no matter what (they’re just that kind of congregation), but on this day, the contents of the message kind of blew me away.

Turns out, that by being our utterly raw, probably too honest selves, by putting our hurt out there for the world to see, by admitting that we had no clue what God was doing, but that we were willing to be His servants no matter the cost… they were encouraged.

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