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In case you missed it, in lieu of making a list of resolutions/goals for the new year, I have chosen to focus on one word for 2014 to guide my thoughts, decisions and actions to mold me into a better version of me. Read about my choice here. This is an update on how I’m doing in the area of being connected. Connected is defined as being joined or linked together. I am striving to

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Something happens after walking through a dramatic season of change. Sometimes the change is the addition of new life in our homes, other times the change is the loss of life. In my case, it was the miscarriage of my daughter Selah that has brought about dramatic change. Whether you are experiencing new or lost life, there are a few certainties that come with dramatic change. Here I share with you some of mine. Perspective on

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This post is part of the Growing Our Family series, to start at the beginning click here.  Three months after walking through our second pregnancy loss in two years, things are starting to trend upward as we start fresh trying to conceive after multiple miscarriages. I use the words “start fresh” intentionally and am prayerfully anticipating blessings to come our way soon. To keep things real around here, I want to share with you the season of our

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This week I guest posted at Next Level Mama talking about ways that you can better manage your time and even gifted you with a free printable to help you map out your time.   Hop over now to read Managing Your Time Using a Time Map.

 
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This post is part of the Growing Our Family series, to start at the beginning click here.   ”…I found myself crossing the threshold of God’s domain–choosing divine will over my will and handing back what I mistook as my own.” – Margaret Feinberg, Wonderstruck Losing Selah will be a season I will never forget. I gained and lost so much simultaneously. When I think back to my summer of wonder, it can be a little confusing. How can

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This post is part of the Growing Our Family series, to start at the beginning click here.  If you’ve been following this series, you know that we did not walk this journey alone. I also found many resources to help me cope with so many of the aspects of pregnancy loss. Since I’m all about gifting it forward, I want to point you in the direction of my sources of comfort and information hoping that you will be

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As I thought about what my goals would be for the new year, I couldn’t begin the usual list of goals and resolutions. I really tried but nothing ever came to mind. Then I read about a blogger who chose one word to mark the new year and I loved the idea. Then a friend shared the source of this one word movement and I was inspired to join in. The word I chose for

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I have had one roller coaster of a year. I did not accomplish my goals. My potential was not realized. Things I had set out to do fell short, but you know what? I’m okay with that because for me it was still a good year, in fact, this year was one of the most meaningful for my faith and my family. Some years you just have to go where the Lord leads you.  

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This post is part of the Growing Our Family series, to start at the beginning click here.  “….when journeying with God some of the best parts of any pilgrimage are the detours.” – Margaret Feinberg, Wonderstruck As I write this post, more than two months have passed since we lost our daughter Selah. Emotionally I feel stable and I am ready to resume trying to conceive after multiple miscarriages. Growing our family will happen in God’s time and

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As a new year approaches, it’s time to evaluate this year’s expenses and prepare to do better in the new year. In 2013, we made a commitment to be better with our finances and get out of debt. We turned to Dave Ramsey and his methods to help us get our financial house in order. We did pretty good this year and want to continue our journey to financial freedom. Because of what it has

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This post is part of the Growing Our Family series, to start at the beginning click here.  Two long weeks of verifying insurance, scheduling appointments, arranging for child care, and saying goodbye all lead to the final days with our baby. With a diagnosis of Limb Body Wall Complex, the extreme and multiple abnormalities found in our now 20 week in utero baby deemed it necessary for me to have a D&E, a medically assisted delivery while I

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This post is part of the Growing Our Family series, to start at the beginning click here.  Earlier in the series I shared how letting my husband into my process allowed us to journey together through our first miscarriage and eventually this next one as well. What I failed to share enough about this week is the tremendous amount of prayer and support we received since our cry for prayer went out. This is the story of the

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The holidays can get pretty expensive and I try to do what I can to save money where it’s possible by DIYing. Being the techy me that I am, my DIY adventures happen on the computer. Each year we take family photos and use them to make our annual Christmas cards to send to family and friends. The cost of taking professional photos, buying professionally designed Christmas Cards, postage and printer ink for our annual

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More and more people are reading blog posts from mobile devices like iPhones and iPads. The same is true for bloggers like myself. I have been doing more commenting from my iOS devices recently and want to share with you a few shortcuts I created to make commenting quick and easy. Did you know that you can program your iOS device to type for you? It’s true! You can select a short combinations of letters, numbers

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 This post is part of the Growing Our Family series, to start at the beginning click here.  Only two days had passed since hearing the news that stopped time. My entire week was leading up to this single appointment. Would God show us the miracle I was desperate to see? If there was ever a day of testing my faith, this was the day. I was waiting for God to show Himself to me. I needed to see

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You all know that I am a fan of The Bible App for iOS devices, now I am super excited that YouVersion has released The Bible App for Kids! I have been waiting for an app like this and am happy to be sharing it here with all of you! My son and I tested it out recently and we both love it. It’s a great way to get the two of us together and

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In the spirit of giving thanks, I want to use today to give thanks to a few friends that I have made in the blogosphere. Each of these bloggers has inspired me to be a better person and a better blogger. The life of a blogger can be lonely, but having blog friends has made me love what I do even more. If you don’t have blog friends, get them now! Here are a few

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This post is part of the Growing Our Family series, to start at the beginning click here.  After our pregnancy took an unexpected turn for the worst, I had to spend the next two days stewing in the fact that our baby was not well. The ultrasound that rocked our world happened on a Tuesday. The Wednesday that followed, I wanted nothing more than to lay in bed all day crying over my baby, but I didn’t have

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The busiest shopping day of the year is quickly approaching. Today I’m gifting forward my strategy for organizing Black Friday Shopping. It helps me to get the best deals and have an enjoyable shopping experience too. If you’re a just-for-fun Black Friday shopper, there is some benefit here for you, but this post is mostly for people on a mission. These tips are best suited for folks who do Black Friday for the purpose of checking

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This post is part of the Growing Our Family series, to start at the beginning click here.  The summer of 2013 would change our lives forever, but we had no idea of that at the time. We got the answer we’ve been waiting for and were now witnesses to life growing inside me. Although much of the fear I had in the beginning had passed, parts of it still lingered. We became more confident in telling people we

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