Is Your Mama Heart Weary With Anxiety? Let Go: God’s Got This!

Trusting God and waiting on His answers has always been challenging for me as a Type A recovering perfectionist mama. However, I have learned through navigating some difficult life storms how vital God’s instructions are to our heart strength and even physical well-being — especially when it involves waiting on Him and having courage in the process (Psalm 27:14). A few years ago, I had…

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Grounded for the Summer: Why I’m Forever Grateful

Often the process of being molded by God starts with a pile of crushed pieces, remnants of our self destruction, that He lovingly repurposes for HIS greater glory. And then we break, and He rebuilds, and our faith becomes more resilient with each step in our transformation. I remember my first “crush” — and by crush, I mean having…

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Twelve years with our furry first “daughter”

Last night we said goodbye to our furry first “daughter,” our Siberian husky Pinge (ping-gah). Her name means “falling snow” in the native language of the Siberian Chukchi people, so it seems especially appropriate that snow was falling on her last day with us, creating a peaceful, powdery soft white blanket for her to slowly…

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Saying Goodbye to Superwoman

When I began homeschooling in 2010, I was surprised how many of my non-homeschooling mom friends commended me for my decision. “You homeschool? Oh, that’s so great — you are so amazing to be doing that.” Or… “Wow, you must be really patient — I know I could never get my kid(s) to let me…

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God’s Gifts This Week: Jan. 14-22

This is a new practice for me: Making a habit of thanksgiving. As I look back at this week’s list, some captured through the camera’s eye and others quickly tapped into my iPhone, I can see that I haven’t quite slowed down enough to take note of all His gracious gifts. I know there were…

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New Year, No Resolutions?

This year — despite every goal-oriented, organized, to-do list tendency I possess — I’m throwing out the typical “New Year, New You” resolutions fix-it list and replacing it with a singular mission: Pressing toward the only goal that matters. According to Apostle Paul, it has nothing to do with self-improvement or achieving success: It’s the…

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My Tango With Traditions

  I love the idea of traditions just as much as the next person, and the warm and fuzzy feelings that word evokes in my heart. However I’ll admit that try as I might to establish and keep traditions, I’ve really struggled over the years with consistency. Which is a problem when you consider the…

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NextGen Homeschool: Standing Out in a Crowd

Last week our homeschool group took an interesting field trip to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. It was interesting because although these days most museums, zoos, performance halls, and the like have no problem hosting homeschool groups as they would any other school group, our presence on this day wasn’t exactly welcome. It…

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Today I start “A New Chapter”

“But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you our Potter; and we all are the work of your hand.” — Isaiah 64:8 Every life has a story to tell. It’s not just a simple cliché: It’s an undeniable fact. We all get from point “a” (birth) to an eventual…

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A Picture of His Love

When I view the experiences of motherhood as an adventure, with ups & downs, twists & turns, I am encouraged by the fact that even if I find myself in an upside-down, stomach-wrenching spiral at the moment, the ride comes to an end… right? At some point the ride I’m on will take a turn…

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