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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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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Santa Baby

Christmas is coming and two words are heard in every home: Santa Claus. Hopefully “Baby Jesus” is also heard in many homes, but sadly apart from church and individual households, these words are not as advertised as the jolly old dude in red duds. I have never told my three-year-old son “Santa is watching” (though I threaten him with “Jesus…

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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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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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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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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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10 Things You Should Do Before You Get Married

Spring just officially started, which means wedding season is on the way. While people do get married year round, the spring and summer months are most popular in the South. (I guess people don’t mind sweating like a hog to avoid missing a football game.) In fact, I got married the first week in June. My husband and I will…

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The House that Built Me

My husband and I have talked about moving closer to the country for a few years now. We love the Tuscaloosa area, but having both grown up with big open fields, along with horses and 4-wheelers to explore that territory, we miss having more land than a point-something acre inside a privacy fence. Though we love our neighbors, we prefer…

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