Three Truths About Christian Singleness {Guest Post for Become Less}

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“It’s like, I meet a guy, and I think it’s great, and anyone else would just be thinking about how much greater it’s going to get. And I’m constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop.” – Beth Martin

This quote is from the movie “When in Rome,” and the first time I heard it I was sobbing.

Because I felt like it was a glimpse into my soul.

I’m guessing it was around the time I had gone through the breakup of a year-long relationship. Continue reading “Three Truths About Christian Singleness {Guest Post for Become Less}”

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I have ONE child. And that’s okay.

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I’ve been wanting to blog about this topic for a while…and trying to come up with a way to make it direct but tactful. I hope I’ve succeeded.

Did I plan on having more children? Yes, I did. But having my first at 37 made me start changing my plans.

But that wasn’t the only reason we reversed course after our son was born. There were financial reasons, physical reasons (especially since I had a difficult delivery), and really, we just felt that our family was complete with the three of us. We adore our son and we are happy with our little family. Continue reading “I have ONE child. And that’s okay.”

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Word for the Year: Grace

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As most people do when a year is coming to an end, I’ve started to reflect on the year that has passed. And I’ve settled on one overriding theme.

Different is hard.

I’ve never been much for change. And for much of my life I didn’t deal with it. The last 25 years have pretty much shifted from that normalcy and consistency, but that didn’t make 2017 any easier. A year ago, I never imagined the twists and turns that this past year would bring. Continue reading “Word for the Year: Grace”

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What a Dog Taught Me about the Real Meaning of Christmas

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Back in March, I saw a photo on Facebook that made me fall in love.

I had seen many pictures of dogs in need of homes before, but something about this particular one caught my attention in a special way. I just knew this was my dog.

She had been found by a church friend, most likely abandoned by her former family, and my friend couldn’t keep her because of her own dogs. I knew I had to give this dog a home. My husband said there was no way we needed another dog.

So when we got her, we named her Sybil Continue reading “What a Dog Taught Me about the Real Meaning of Christmas”

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The Christmas Book Your Young Child Needs This Year! {And you can enter to get it FREE!}

One of the Christmas traditions our family has as far as gift-giving is concerned is that our son, who is now five years old, gets a Christmas book each year. Sometimes it’s a classic, like The Polar Express. Other times it’s a lesser known book. It may be spiritual or secular (although we lean more towards the spiritual). But every year he gets a Christmas book. I look forward to the collection he will have someday that he can pass on to his children.

This year’s book is pretty easy. One Christmas Bear, written and illustrated by Anne Vittur Kennedy, is both fun and spiritual, with adorable characters in bright colors that will catch the attention of any young child. I’m thrilled to add it to my son’s collection.

(This is a sponsored post, meaning I received a free copy of the book for my honest review.)

Keep reading for your chance to win a free copy!

Continue reading “The Christmas Book Your Young Child Needs This Year! {And you can enter to get it FREE!}”

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Visiting St. Augustine? 10 Things You MUST Do!

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I never thought that ANY city in the United States would top Charleston, SC as my favorite. I had visited Boston a couple of times and loved that city as well, but it still didn’t compare to the Holy City in my own home state.

Then I visited St. Augustine. And Charleston, you have some competition.

I don’t know if St. A has completely displaced Chuck Town, but they are running neck and neck for sure. We knew friends who had visited St. Augustine and had seen pictures and done research so we decided to give it a shot last November. We completely fell in love. Continue reading “Visiting St. Augustine? 10 Things You MUST Do!”

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The Strongest Woman in the World

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The strongest woman in the world is not the best athlete in any sport.

The strongest woman in the world is not the one who has hiked Mount Everest or swam across the English Channel.

The strongest woman in the world is not a political figure with power and prestige.

The strongest woman in the world is not the owner or CEO of a large company with limitless wealth.

The strongest woman in the world is not the most famous celebrity with a huge following and many admirers.

No, the strongest woman in the world lives in the house where I grew up in a little town in South Carolina. Continue reading “The Strongest Woman in the World”

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One Simple Prayer to Help My Child Be Brave {Max Lucado Book Review w/ Giveaway Link}

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I suppose if there were a “Mount Rushmore” of Christian authors, Max Lucado would be among the faces immortalized there. I’ve read his books for years and when he ventured into authoring children’s books, it was inevitable that I would one day read them to my future children (and I do now to my son). His gift with words is unmatched by any other writer and has encouraged so many people over the years.

Therefore, when the opportunity presented itself to review his latest children’s book, I’m Not a Scaredy-Cat, I lunged at it with complete abandon. Not only would I have an amazing book to add to my son’s growing collection, but just the idea of being able to review a Max Lucado book delighted me.

(Psst…if you’ll stick with me, there is a chance later in this post to win a FREE copy for a child you love.)

This is a sponsored post, meaning that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  Continue reading “One Simple Prayer to Help My Child Be Brave {Max Lucado Book Review w/ Giveaway Link}”

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A Day in the Life of a Sensory Kid

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Feature photo credit: Marian Ashley Photography

My son was identified about a year ago as having SPD. If he could tell his story, I imagine it might be something like this:

Hey, I am five years old and this is kind of how my day goes.

When I wake up in the morning, I may or may not have slept well, depending on how much was going through my brain and whether or not the melatonin tablet worked this time. There’s a chance I may have woken up during the night and climbed into my parents’ bed. I may have gone back to sleep there or stayed away for hours with my mind racing and my body wanting so badly to get up and move.

My mommy and daddy try to keep me in a routine so that I can get things done in the morning. I have to make my bed, eat breakfast, and get dressed before any screen time or other activities. Otherwise, I get so distracted I may not be able to get these things done. Some days it’s very easy to do these things and I do them quickly. Other times, I don’t know why, but it’s hard to make my body obey my mind. It may have something to do with how well I slept but I’m not sure. Sometimes it’s just different. Continue reading “A Day in the Life of a Sensory Kid”

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