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Date Selfies and Other Tips for a Vibrant Marriage

My husband and I have a special marriage. Over the last 17 years, many friends and some strangers have commented that our relationship blesses them, saying, "You two are an inspiration" or "What a perfect couple!" And I think "if you only knew how many times I fail." But Judd and I have a lot going for us. I wanted to list some of the ways we guard our marriage in hopes that it will help shed light on why we are a "perfect couple." After reading these, let me know what you think in the comments, or leave tips of your own. 1. We had a good foundation.  We were blessed with an opportunity to begin our relationship in a beautiful way. Before we met, Judd and I each became so fixated on God that we were willing to do whatever it took to honor him. THIS is the foundation on which we built our marriage. "And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock" (Matthew 7:25). In reality, many … [Read More...]

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CUTE VIDEO: Our All-Star Dad (Dove Men+Care Contest)

Let me tell you about my man! When I met Judd, I was about to start my student teaching. I immediately knew we had a connection, and he says it was … [Read More...]

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10 Steps to the Perfect Tie-Dye [VIDEO]

My husband and I (with some awesome parent helpers), tie-dyed shirts with over 100 Middle School Band members last week. It was... an experience.  We … [Read More...]

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How Do You Share the Easter Message With Your Kids?

Each year, around this time, I start seeing the bunny- and egg- themed trinkets in the stores, along with the pastel candy wrappers.  Why, oh, why … [Read More...]

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Orange-Beet-Carrot Juice That Actually Tastes Good

  My husband and I were so excited to start juicing when we finally decided to buy a juicer. My husband immediately started experimenting with … [Read More...]

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Help! My Daughter is Thirteen: on Parenting Teens

My daughter turned thirteen this year. THIRTEEN! I can’t believe it’s been thirteen years since my little premature princess made her debut on the earth.  When people ask how old my kids are, the wide-eyed expression often emerges when I say the dreaded number: thirteen. It’s true that the teen years can be some of […]

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Is Facebook a Place for Narcissism and Self-Aggrandizement?

Self Aggrandizement: the action or process of promoting oneself as being powerful or important. It’s a place where we put on masks to hide our true selves. We always present ourselves in a good light, and hide our flaws from others. It’s a place that fosters jealousy, when others can’t measure up to the rosy image […]

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5 Ways to Give Absolutely Useless Advice

You gotta love January. Resolutions, reflections, “words,” goals, and all that jazz pepper the social media feeds. And along with it come the myriad of self-help and advice posts. 4 Ways to Become a Happier Person 7 Things Awesome People Do Every Day (Have you heard? 7 is the magic number to get blog traffic […]

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The day my heart wanted to leap onto a plane

I guess you could say I live in the best of both worlds, as far as Christian mission work. At my “day job” I get to be a (very) small part of  projects around the world, like bringing water to desperate people, healing in mission hospitals, helping disaster victims and refugees, and more. As a […]

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Devotion: How is Carving a Pumpkin Like Being a Christian?

I used to be completely against acknowledging anything about Halloween. When I learned the true origins based in Paganism, I was convinced that by joining in any of the traditions, I would be condoning paganism, and opening myself to demonic activity. (I do feel that, at this time in my life, I gave way too […]

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Come With Me to Walt Disney World This Weekend

I admit I’m guilty of a somewhat misleading title. As I write, I’m sitting on a plane en route to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fl. It’s a little too late for you to actually come with me. But you can come with me virtually through the magic of social media on Facebook, Twitter and […]

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NC Snow Storm Measurement, Redneck Style

  Here in the mountains of North Carolina, we’re used to snow. But it’s not often that we have more than a couple of inches. We were so excited about the impending snowpocalypse that we wanted to make sure we had an accurate measurement tool. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find our garden gnome, which would have […]

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Busy Mom Meal Plan: Venison Chili and More

On Sundays, I usually try to keep the schedule clear, so I can catch up on the to-do list before starting another week. Many of my friends love hearing what I’m making, and I love sharing ideas. Click here to see my previous Busy Mom Meal Plan posts.  This week’s plan  includes one new recipe […]