Service Makes the World Go Around

Service comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be planned and coordinated or a simple phone call to say "Hi. How are you?" Sometimes we get stuck thinking of service as an all-consuming activity, one that no one has the time or money to do. But I bet if you really think about it, …

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5 Things to Do When You Find Out You’re Pregnant

I've seen a fair few lists of suggestions for things to do when you find out you're pregnant. And I can honestly say I have no idea what any of them say because I just skip right over them. I'm sure they have some great ideas, especially for first-time moms, but I just never felt …

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The Push to the End, To Start Anew

What's one of the worst things in the world? Having a sick toddler. Ok, so it's not very high up on the list of horrible things, but it definitely makes things around her a little funky. Throws off all the routines, and lucky for me, I got sick this time right as she was getting …

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The Joys of Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is in the air. I know, Christmas is coming, but I swear everywhere I look there's another woman who is at least 7 or 8 months pregnant. Three women at church are about to pop, and there's one woman that works with BJ who is getting induced in the next couple weeks, which is …

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Post-Holiday Refresh

This is the first time I've ever hosted a holiday dinner and man, it was exhausting. Don't get me wrong, I loved having everyone here, but putting together the dinner, and entertaining family just wore me out. Having said that, I had so much fun putting together a full thanksgiving dinner. Turkey, mashed potatoes, mac'n'cheese, …

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Homemade Lotion – A Gift for All

Making homemade lotion is so simple. In this post I share some simple tips for making your own lotion, as well as the link to my aftra shop where you can buy my homemade lotion, opening January 5, 2017.

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Beauty in Silence

There is a song written by John Cage called 4'33" (4 minutes 33 seconds). I would normally provide a link so you can hear the piece but in this case I won't. And I'll tell you why - there is no music. This piece was written to showcase the sounds you would hear from an …

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How Polite and Accepting Are You?

Being polite and generally accepting can be difficult. We hold our own values and ideals close to the heart and it's hard sometimes to accept that other people don't believe in the same things. I, myself, sometimes struggle to accept someone else when they have values that differ widely from my own. Growing up I …

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Finding Joy

As a human being it can be hard to find joy in your everyday life. It seems that each day something "goes wrong" and it remains the sole focus for the rest of the day. The rest of the day is seemingly ruined because that one thing has gone wrong. And when you have kids …

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