2016, advice, alone time, belief, Bible, blessed, Christ, Christian, church, community, first 5, friends, God, home, kids, love, parenthood, parenting, paw patrol, pray, prayer, priscilla shirer, quiet time, scripture, small group, Uncategorized, war, war room

Preparing for Battle

I admit I’m a little late, but I finally saw War Room for the first time last night. It was a really good movie, not just for the message but surprisingly for the acting and story too. I was proud of my girl Priscilla Shirer, who was as every bit funny and she is when preaching and teaching. I have seen…

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Living Off Leftovers

Nobody likes to simply get whatever is left. I learned this lesson when serving a three-tier cake at my friend’s wedding. I meticulously cut a piece from the top for everyone coming through the line. It was just the right size with just the right amount of icing. The cake was a beautiful red velvet with buttercream icing, and all…

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The ABCs that Saved My Marriage

With my younger cousin’s wedding and our church’s marriage retreat both falling on this weekend, I’ve thought a lot recently about marriage. I feel that my husband and I have a good marriage, but it’s not by luck or happenstance. We had to work at it just like anything else in life that you want to see succeed. So many…

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Priceless

To tithe or not to tithe? That is the question for many church goers nowadays. The economy is bad, gas priceless fluctuate all the time, and as a parent of young children I know how it feels to hear “$20 dollars for this and $5 for that” every time you turn around! Those of us who grew up in the…

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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 with rain and tornado-rate temperatures.…

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Bringing Generations Together Over the Holidays

One of my favorite holiday memories is helping my mother and grandmother cook for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Before I got married, I would spend the night before each holiday with my mom and do all the little prep work and washing, since they were the real cooks. Now I still like to come by sometime that week and help with…

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Halloween: Good, Bad or Ugly?

It’s that time of year again. Time for kids to pick out a special costume and eat all the candy they want. That is unless they are not allowed to celebrate Halloween at school, home, or anywhere else. Growing up not truly “celebrating” Halloween and now being a parent, I have a unique perspective on this holiday (much like my…

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Fun Fall Festivities

I have always loved summertime, but my husband makes a great argument for fall being the best season of the year. With football games, tailgates, cooler weather, and holidays, it’s hard to deny he has a strong case for the awesomeness of fall. But the planner in me has come up with a few ways to make fall even more…

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Finding Fulfillment in Life

I can honestly say I’m at one of the happiest times in my life, and it has nothing to do with what’s going on around me. Sure, I’m about to have my second child to complete our family, my stand-up and writing careers are getting recognition, and I have a great support system of family and friends. But I give…

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Family Support for Starting a New School

Whether it’s the first day of preschool or the first day of a doctorate program, starting a new school year is never easy. Those years when the transitioning encompasses not only another grade but also a whole new school seem to be the most difficult. Fortunately, family members can play an important part in helping the student transition more smoothly.…

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