What I Learned From Fighting with My Sister

As the oldest child, for almost four glorious years I had my parents all to myself. Everything revolved around little Kaci, which I now know wasn’t such a good thing. Then, something shifted in my universe when my mom brought home a new baby girl. The rest of my adolescence was defined by a love-hate…

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Fit to (Baby) Fat to Fit

It had been a bad day so I gave in to emotional eating and sat down with a big box of . . . strawberries. Had it really come to this? I had given in to the temptation of stress eating, but couldn’t even muster up the nerve to go for ice cream. Instead I…

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Super Tuesday: WWJV

It’s Super Tuesday and many people feel a little let down by the choices set before them. Many of us are left scratching our heads, asking, “Who would Jesus vote for?” I prayerfully debated between two choices before going to the polls this morning. Both are Christian men, who I feel would make a great…

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Christmas in (the Heart of) Dixie

Everywhere has certain holiday traditions and events associated with Christmas, and Alabama is no exception. Whether you’re new to the South, just visiting, or live here full time, there is no denying the details that make an Alabama Christmas its own. • No Chance of Snow: Instead of a white Christmas, we usually get stuck…

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Helping Kids See God though Art and Storytelling

No matter how old I get or how educated I feel I’ve become, I still “see” God most in the simple, yet intricate, details of His creation all around me. My 2-year-old son loves reading the Creation story too, and one local artist has done a phenomenal job of bringing that wondrous awe to all…

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Shout Out to Hart of Dixie and My Own Bluebell

Despite the cheesy situations and the trying-too-hard Southern accents by some of the actors, Hart of Dixie is one of my favorite shows. I avoided it the first season for fear they would totally trash Alabama. Then one night while staying with my sister (who is always studying for whatever degree she is on at…

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Conservative Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem: Sieze the day! We’ve all heard it, said it, and read it. It’s known as living in the moment, worrying only about the day, etc. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes it as “the enjoyment of the pleasures of the moment without concern for the future.” Even the Bible instructs us to “not worry about…

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Why I Wear Yoga Pants

During a lesson on sexuality and sin, the last two words I expected to hear in Sunday school this morning were “yoga pants.” Apparently there has been much debate lately about Christian women wearing yoga pants. Then as soon as I got home I changed from my slacks to a pair of Walmart yoga pants…

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Next Time You’re Complaining, Read This . . .

I recently received a Fitbit® Flex™ (Thanks, Blake!), and despite working out five days a week and constantly picking up after a toddler and dachshund have yet to hit 10,000 steps a day. Some people have less sedentary jobs and easily hit 10,000 steps a day, but one man puts in more steps on his…

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Cutting Down on Holiday Stress

I would loved to have entitled this entry “Eliminating Holiday Stress,” but that would be a big, fat lie and virtually impossible. With shopping, cooking, family, friends, work, events, etc., not all the Hallmark movies and eggnog in the world could make up for the inevitable stresses brought on this time of year. My husband…

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