Motherhood: Stop Complaining

Motherhood: Stop Complaining

Mommy groups have never been my thing. I just never fit in. As a younger mom, I really tried to connect with other moms in my church and community. Whenever I tried, it just wasn’t natural. Everything was awkward. Finally, I stopped forcing myself into uncomfortable situations.

For years I thought something was wrong with me and I was just a social misfit.

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Sharpening Iron

Sharpening Iron

We all know the Scripture...

“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”

— Proverbs 27:17

Happily, we announce that we've been given amazing, Godly, supportive friends who just "get" us.  Those couple of gals who cry with us, talk until we can't talk any more, bring us a double shot frappe or come hang out even when the house is trashed.

This is awesome.  This is needful.  We all need a tribe.  We need friends who accept the toys strewn all over the house and who fold the laundry piled on our couch all while telling us how impressed they are with how together we seem.

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Christmas Family Traditions

Christmas Family Traditions

How do you choose a Christmas family tradition? When every family starts out, at some point the conversation happens, “What family traditions will we have?”

For younger families that perhaps want something new, or maybe there were no set traditions growing up, it can be overwhelming. Maybe all you have are bad memories at the Holidays. That doesn’t have to hold true for your own kids.

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20 Best Educational Gifts For Kids for 2018

20 Best Educational Gifts For Kids for 2018

Here’s my guide to the Best Educational Gifts for Kids for 2018. It’s hard to know what to get kiddos for Christmas or their birthday. Is it junk? Does it actually work? Will they like it? What purpose does it serve?

As an educator, I’m always on the lookout for things that are fun, yes, but also expand your mind and creativity or allow you to build a new skill.

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Guest Post by DNA Counselor Brianne Kirkpatrick

Guest Post by DNA Counselor Brianne Kirkpatrick

Brianne Kirkpatrick is the founder of DNA Watershed. She is a DNA Counselor, wife and Super-Mom to three children. And to top it off, Brianne has co-authored a book on DNA topics for adoptees which will be released soon! It’s such an honor that she agreed to be a guest on my blog!

Brianne and I met briefly at NBC Studios while on set for the Megyn Kelly Show a couple of months ago. She is leading the charge in the world of DNA Counseling. With the tsunami of people taking DNA tests via Ancestry.com, 23 and Me and others, there often come questions and surprises. Brianne is there to help you navigate the waters of understanding who you are, genetically.

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Is Jesus your Homeboy or your Lord?

Is Jesus your Homeboy or your Lord?

During my formative years, people in my circles primarily focused on the don’t’s of Christian living. An active, living relationship with Christ was suggested but never fully understood. Basically, a relationship with Christ meant following all the rules.

In my personal life, I’ve been guided by the Holy Spirit into a much healthier understanding of a relationship with Christ. Alive. Growing. An internal, personal focus versus an external one.

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Brokenness

Brokenness

After years of counseling, changing beliefs and thought patterns and seeking God's truth, the realization happened again, "I am broken.  My family is broken.  Will it ever end?  I need help."  My husband and I had just had a fight and my emotions were raw.  Pain from the past and fear for the future was filling my heart.  But then I heard, "We are all broken," inside my head, and the freedom of knowing this was a human condition, not merely a Rebekah condition calmed me.  "I will always need help.  No one can ever be perfect.  That's why there's Jesus."

Brokenness is another Christian buzz word.  Unfortunately, it's a word that has been used to control people and make us continue working to achieve God's approval.    

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Birthday Bash Blues

Birthday Bash Blues

Am I the only mom who has a rough time with birthday parties?  When I'm invited to a kid's birthday party where I don't know anyone else who'll be there, I get a knot in my stomach.  My husband knows I don't really want to go, and it drives him crazy.  My kid is excited about the party, not knowing Mom is hoping and praying something important comes up giving me a reason to bail.

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The Last Tooth

The Last Tooth

I'd put my kid to bed, grabbed my lap top and nestled into my own King-sized.  I had work to do for a client.  Fifteen minutes later, my bedroom door flings open, crashing into the wall.  "Mom, I think my tooth is going to come out!"  

Like any good mother who thought their child was in bed, I had jumped into the the middle of a project.  Looking up for two seconds I said, "That's nice, Love," and quickly started typing a few more things.

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Non-DIY Remodel Tips

Non-DIY Remodel Tips

In this day of DIYing, there are three kinds of people…

  • Those who are amazing at it.

  • Those who can’t do it.

  • Those who financially can pay for someone else to do it!

I have fallen into all three categories.  Some projects I’ve tackled and it’s been a major win.  Other’s, a total failure or not within my ability.  (Like my kitchen backsplash.  Uhm, yeah, glad my husband tapped in for the save!)  And then…we’ve paid someone else to do large or overwhelming projects.

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Christian Leadership

Christian Leadership

Charismatic.  Energy  Goals.  Vibrant.  Strong.

These are words that come to mind when the term leadership is tossed around.  Hundreds of books, blogs and blurbs have been penned on the topic of how to be leader.  Now it's my turn.  *winks*

Through the years, I have observed and experienced many amazing Christian ministry leaders.  Unfortunately, there were also those leaders who were in positions for the wrong reasons and those who's behavior was anything but Godly.

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It's Like a Trip to Goodwill

It's Like a Trip to Goodwill

I gotta toot my own horn here.  I’m good at thrifting.  It’s been a lifetime in the making, but I’m good at it.

I find awesome stuff.   Friends don’t go shopping with me, unless they’re ready to plunk down plenty of money, because I’m like a magnet to great stuff at great prices…and lots of it!  As Monk said, “It’s a gift, and a curse.”

So...life is like a trip to Goodwill

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When Life Is Not As Expected

When Life Is Not As Expected

Out of a job for the second time in two years, I found myself thinking, “Why?”  My husband has been faithful.  He’s honest.  He’s hardworking.  He’s excellent at his job, top of his field!  Why is this happening to us again?  What did we do wrong?  This job seemed like such an answer to prayer at the time, why is it being taken away from us?  We were finally getting back on our feet!

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