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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 relationship with this new family…

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2016, Bible, choices, Christ, Christian, church, church girl, comedy, compare, comparing, comparison, crazy, decisions, expectation, women

Quit Hiding Your Crazy

This past weekend I attended a Lifeway Women’s event called dotMom for the third time. It was awesome. It always has been, and we always leave feeling refreshed. On the way home, our leader/van driver asked us to all share our favorite part of the weekend. Just like others, I had several defining moments. Yet what honestly helped me the most was…

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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 president if elected. (Actually the…

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2016, Bible, calling, Christian, church, communication, community, compare, comparing, comparison, complain, envy, gifts, give, God, grandparents, granny, help, helping others, jealousy, lifeway, regift, spiritual gift, Uncategorized

Have You Used Your CHRISTmas Gifts?

Now that Christmas is over, we are left with extra pounds, unplugged lights that need taken down, and tons of gifts. Some gifts we love, some not so much. Some gifts we never use or even open, and others we regift. We even envy the gifts of others. (Why did my sister get those cute, warm pajama pants while I…

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2015, attitude, baby, birth, blessed, blessing, clothes, compare, complain, cup half empty, daughter, emotions, family, God, hospital, jaundice, labor, maternity, newborn, NICU, parenting, perspective, preclampsia, son, struggle, thankful, thanksgiving, Uncategorized, wendy's, workout

It’s All in Your Perspective

Thanksgiving was a little different for my family this year. OK, it was a lot different. My sister stopped by and picked up our 3-year-old son to go have lunch at my mom’s house, as we do each year. Then my father-in-law picked him up to have dinner at his mother’s house, as we do each year. My husband and…

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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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The Disney Princesses of Bachelor in Paradise 2

It’s officially over. Another Bachelor franchise show season has ended, and only one couple had a true fairytale ending. Despite not finding happily ever after, I noticed that many of the women from this season’s cast of Bachelor in Paradise closely resemble that of a Disney Princess for various reasons. Mulan and Jillian: They could both easily be mistaken for…

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2015, ABC's, adolescent, best friends, bully, care, childhood, college, community, compare, day care, doctorate, family, fried, friends, friendships, goals, help, helping others, high school, home, kids, kindness, mean girls, middle school, moms of preschoolers, new, parenthood, parenting, parents, people, preschool, relationship, school bullying, spouse, stress, student, student life, support, teacher, university, young adult

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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Forgiving My Father

You never forget receiving shocking news, and the details of the day often stick with you as clearly as the news itself. I distinctly remember standing in the park, watching my boyfriend (now husband) play baseball. My walkie-talkie sized Nokia rang and a funny number showed up. I answered it and listened intently at the biggest surprise of my life.…

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What Makes A Mother?

Despite having a son for two and a half years, it still catches me off guard when someone wishes me “Happy Mother’s Day.” Maybe it’s because until I had my son, I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to be a mother. Or maybe it’s because since he’s so young I feel like I have not yet earned the right…

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