When It’s Time to Reevaluate Your Life, Passion & Purpose

For the past few years, I've felt pretty comfortable in my skin as a working mom, entrepreneur and homeschooler. But the last year has been...different. It's not that I'm unhappy exactly, because my life is pretty amazing and I work really hard at choosing happiness even when things aren't perfect. But I do feel a…

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Happy 4th {And Finding Freedom from Other People’s Expectations}

I love the 4th of July! Not only because I'm that girl who cries every time I sing The Star-Spangled Banner but also because it's such a celebratory holiday. While there are certainly sad parts about Independence Day and the war that followed, it's really about commemorating the birth of our country, which makes the…

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How to Offer Advice {And How Not To!}

I've been the recipient of a lot of advice lately -- some solicited, some not. If I'm honest, some of that advice has left me frustrated, and I've spent a lot of time trying to figure out why some of it rubbed me the wrong way while the rest did not. I am 100% sure…

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An Important Lesson for Life & Gardening from an Organic Farmer

Yesterday afternoon, the girls and I had a chance to join with a couple other families to learn some gardening basics from a local organic farmer who goes to our church (and teaches our 4-year-old's Sunday school class!). Mr. Rod did an amazing job of teaching both the kids and adults about gardening, and I…

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Love to Live, Live to Love {On Tattoos, Life Mottos & Being You}

I've wanted a tattoo for as long as I can remember -- something small and meaningful, but pretty too. My grandfather had a tattoo on his arm that said his name, Russ, and I can distinctly remember sitting at his kitchen table with him, just studying it. I loved it, and while it was faded…

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25 Ways to Choose Joy When You’re Struggling

A couple weeks ago I shared 10 ways to proactively choose joy each morning, but in all honesty, choosing joy in recent days has been more of a white-knuckle experience. Even though I know Sean wants to help, his mobility is still very limited, so I'm still doing most things by myself. On top of…

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Giveaway: Wood Watch from JORD ($129 Value!)

This giveaway is now closed! The winner is Cindi ([email protected])! Whether you're looking for a unique and special gift for Father's Day or a new accessory for yourself, you'll want to check out JORD Wood Watches. These gorgeous watches are designed to take people away from today's metal & rubber and back to nature while…

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10 Ways to Choose Joy at the Start of Every Day

Earlier this week, after 10 days of being physically responsible for everything the kids, the animals and my husband need -- and after 6 of the busiest days of my life thanks to some prescheduled commitments and extracurricular activities -- I found myself on the verge of losing it. I could feel my blood pressure…

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On Choosing Joy {Even When It’s Not Easy}

I called 911 for the first time in my 32 years this weekend. What had started out as a peaceful, fun-filled Saturday quickly turned into a frantic rush to the ER when I found my husband lying in the front yard screaming in pain with his leg bent unnaturally beneath him. We debated calling 911…

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Lent, PPD, Coconut Oil and More Random Thoughts!

I have all these random thoughts bouncing around in my head and none of them seems to be quite enough for a dedicated post, so I thought I'd just put them all in one place. Maybe next time I can time my randomness better to coincide with 7 Quick Takes at Conversion Diary (but probably…

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