Guest Post @ Life as the Artist: One Thing Changed – That Changed Everything

The last few years have been increasingly difficult for my family. I kept hoping things would get better and easier in a few months. Unfortunately, things just kept on being difficult, getting harder and harder. Then one day, everything changed…

Philippians 4:6-7

My husband has been struggling with physical health problems for the last few years. He can explain it a whole lot better than I can, so bear with me. The main problem is that he … [ READ MORE ]

How to Pick a New Year’s Resolution & My Word for 2015 is #Peace

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I have a really good feeling about 2015. I feel like it’s our year! By God’s grace, we will get out of this never-ending rut and begin doing God’s will for our lives! I know this sounds silly and lots of people say stuff like this every year, but I haven’t said or felt it before. I’m very excited for 2015!

Word of the Year

I have heard about people picking a word for their … [ READ MORE ]

A Fresh Start, an Open Heart, and Fasting

I just left our Monday night church meeting with excitement, hope, and intention. The women gather each Monday night in small groups to discuss the Sunday service and fellowship together. (The men do an actual Bible study.) I have been very down the last couple of months (thus, I haven’t had much inspiration for blogging). Depression and anxiety has been a real struggle of mine, lately. I was feeling discouraged and full of doubt. … [ READ MORE ]

Take a Break from Technology + $100 Sweepstakes

Is technology consuming your life and your family’s lives? Does your family always have something “turned on”? Parents on their phones and computers… Kids watching TV and playing on the iPad (tablet)… Do you have a time set up when your family shuts everything off and does something as a family? Read a book with your family… talk about what’s going on with everyone… go outside and play together… Most families are consumed by technology … [ READ MORE ]

Who Needs the Attitude Adjustment?

You know those days when all the kids are crazy, irritable, and grumpy. Those days where every time you turn around, someone is being super naughty or throwing a fit! And the more your kids act up, the more frustrated you get. This is a difficult cycle that can be pretty simple to fix.

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I feel like I’m always telling my children to “change your attitude!” It took me a while to realize who’s attitude … [ READ MORE ]

How to Make Fights With Your Spouse Less Painful

Married people fight. It’s completely normal and it can actually be healthy for your relationship. Don’t you usually feel closer and more in love after a big fight? We do! Fights can be quick and painless, or lengthy and excruciating. Everyone has different personalities and fighting techniques. Nobody wants to fight (I don’t think), but it helps your relationship grow and your marriage thrive!

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I’m the type of person who bottles feelings up inside a … [ READ MORE ]

Why My Kids Don’t Trick-Or-Treat

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This post is not meant to start a riot, offend, or make anyone feel bad. Many Christians celebrate Halloween. I believe, as a Christian, it is up to each of us to decide what is best for our families, through prayer. That doesn’t always mean what everyone is doing is right (or wrong). Ultimately it is between you and God. My husband and I decided it is best for our family to NOT celebrate Halloween. … [ READ MORE ]

The Soundtrack of My Life

So many times a song comes on the radio and it brings me back to a certain situation in my life. A lot of difficult times in my life were encompassed by a song. It either explained what I was going through, or comforted me in the situation. This could be due to my passion for music, or it could happen to everyone. I’m not sure. But I plan on explaining my life through the … [ READ MORE ]

Say YES More, So NO Means More

If you have a strong willed child, you are probably starting to realize you need to pick you battles. All three of my children have gone through phases like this, but my youngest is probably the most stubborn out of all of them. He’s been babied too long and his recent hospital stay was 19 days of getting anything he wanted. He also knows how to work people… He knows when to be cute and … [ READ MORE ]

Life with Migraines

I’ve been living with migraines most of my life. It probably started when I was a teenager, but I don’t remember for sure. They weren’t very frequent when they started, but they’ve always been really bad. The longer I’ve had them, the more frequent they’ve become. I used to be able to take an Excedrin and it would go away (for the most part) within 30 minutes. In the last couple years my migraines have … [ READ MORE ]