• Choosing a life verse or a verse for a season, verse ideas and phone screensavers

    Choosing a Verse for the Season & 20 Verse Ideas

    For the past few years I have been trying to get better at memorizing Bible verses. When I was young I was in the habit of memorizing a lot of verses thanks to school, AWANA and Sunday school but the expectation to continue memorizing verses went away as I became an adult and so did the habit. One way I’ve been trying to get into the habit of memorizing verses in the last few verses is by choosing a verse for the season. Taking time to dive into the verse, displaying it in my home or other visible places and reading it often have helped me to memorize a number…

  • A goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot

    My Word and Goals for 2019

    I have been thinking about my word for 2019 for a few weeks now and ever since writing my post about why and how to choose a word for the year I have been having some great discussions on the topic with friends. This is my ninth year choosing a word and as always I’m excited about the word that will be sticking with me for the next twelve months. Curious about my previous words? I didn’t write a blog post every year but you can check out my words for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. The word I chose for 2019 is ADVENTURE.     While adventure was…

  • People with goals succeed because they know where they are going

    Three Common Mistakes That Are Keeping You From Reaching Your Goals

    This is the time of the year where the majority of the western world is thinking about setting goals for the new year. Some people won’t set any goals, some will set some and actually reach them but the majority of people will set goals for themselves and then fail. Why is it such a high percentage of people fail at their goals?     I have been thinking about this a lot lately and have realized there are three common mistakes people make, I have made each of these mistakes multiple times and it’s only now, years later that I am realizing why I failed. Thankfully, with this knowledge…

  • Choosing a Word for the Year - why you should do it and some tips on how to find a good word

    Why and How to Choose A Word for the Year

    The dawn of a new year is approaching and even though Christmas isn’t even here yet I’m already thinking of resolutions and goals for next year as well as my word for the year. I first came across the idea of choosing a word years ago, I believe it was Ali Edwards back in my paper crafting days who started the whole idea. The concept is simple: at the end of the year (or the beginning) you take some time to choose a word for yourself for the year. The choosing the word and subsequent follow through are not as simple. The word you choose is supposed to influence your year…

  • The truth about adoption - life after international adoption

    The Truth About Adoption – Life Post Adoption

    Tomorrow marks four years since Ephraim legally became part of our family. I am always blown away when I think about how long he’s been with us. On one hand it seems like just yesterday and on the other hand it feels like he’s always been here. I’ve been wanting to write a post-adoption post for a long time and the weekend of his adoption anniversary seems like the perfect time. When we were going through the adoption process I followed a lot of other couples in the process, both on social media and their blogs and I noticed an annoying trend: whenever they would complete the adoption process they…

  • How to cure mom burnout and enjoy your child's childhood - the season of childhood is fleeting

    When You Are Struggling to Enjoy Your Child’s Childhood – Mom Burnout is a Real Thing

    Fellow moms, this last while has been a struggle. Did you know mom burnout is a real thing? I know it sounds awful, but it’s true! The symptoms of burnout are: physical and emotional exhaustion cynicism and detachment feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment Put those symptoms in the context of your parenting and you have mom burnout. I love my kids and actually choose to stay at home and homeschool them but lately I’ve been feeling so fried. I’m like one of those french fries forgotten at the bottom of your oven which has now been blackened completely through you can hardly tell what it was meant to be.…