The long days of {a mother’s} summer

Thoughts on a world full of tragedy School took place from late August until the end of May, but summer was when you got your education. It was July of 1994 and we were free.  A two-wheeled Huffy gave my brother and I all the freedom we could ever need.  We’d bike down 2 streets and knock at the door of my brother’s friend, then zigzag on to the next house, our numbers growing each time. An empty acre of grass beckoned — …

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Grace for the Thursday morning

I come down the stairs amid a 6:45 am haze.  The littlest has woken me up the same way she did yesterday- with her blood curdling there’s-a-serial-killer-in-my-bedroom scream.  We grab her monkey and blankie and fight through hour #35 of this week- just me and the kids. I can’t do it. I look at the pile of dirty dishes.  My to-do list litters my desk with a pile of uncut coupons and unpaid bills. I’m weary again. Joy escapes me and …

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Fighting entitlement in children (and all of us)

A book review I’ve been following Kristen Welch for a long time.  Her oftentimes raw prose about parenting, marriage and raising kids is always something I’m eager to read.  So when I was accepted to be on her Launch Team for Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, I did a little happy dance for the opportunity to read the book (for free) before every once.  Of course these opinions are my own. I will admit it’s empowering for me …

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I know my life is cushy

I’m not oblivious to the fact that I write a blog geared towards finances and travel.  Saving money, building wealth, and traveling the world are things in which I’m genuinely interested. This week it’s been weighing on my mind that this blog is not for everyone.  Not because people aren’t interested in those things, but because they don’t have the opportunity to be interested in those thing. When I served at a local meal for the unfortunate this week, many of those there …

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How Fair Trade Friday turns ashes into beauty

“He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners… to comfort all who mourn,  and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,  the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a Spirit of despair”  Isaiah 61: 1b-3a When the words I’m trying to say or write don’t come easy,  I’m at …

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Why we need to stop saying, “You need a bigger house.”

Guys & Gals, There is something that a few people have told me lately and it really gets my goat.  Pretty much since baby #3 was just a bun in the oven I’ve often heard, “You need a bigger house.” I don’t get this statement (and I have to curb the need to say, “You need a smaller mouth” LOL). Here’s the reality: I don’t need a bigger house.  Our family of 5 lives in a humble 1300 square feet.  When Brian …

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The Fruit of the Spirit for Moms

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22-23 My kids love this catchy little tune on YouTube. – “The fruit of the Spirit’s not a coconut.  The fruit of the Spirit’s not a coconut!”   You’re sooo welcome for engraining that in your brain.  While we often teach little ones to know these character traits, how often as a mom do I need them …

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Best of the Web- June 6

June 6 is here and I’m at a constant love/hate relationship with the air conditioner.  (First world problem, I know).  I’m always too hot or too cold and I’ll suffer through being too hot to keep the a/c off and then the hubs comes home and is hot and then it’s like the budget v. comfort argument all over again.  Because I will spend $4 on a coffee at Panera but I will sweat it out to save $4 on …

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Best of the Web- May 23

Happy Memorial Day weekend!  I have a post coming for you on Monday that you’ll want to check out (Hint: it has to do with Spring Break)! In the meantime, here’s my favorite links from the past week.   Faith This piece by Ann Voskamp really shook me.  “You are where you are — to help others where they are. The reason your hands are where they are in this world — is to give other people in this world …

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Hey Christians, do you really value life?

Dear Christian, I see you wearing a pro-life shirt, yet you scowl when I sit next to you at the restaurant. You see, that baby turns into a squirmy, squealing 17-month old.  She’s full of movement and determined to never lose to her older brothers. I hear you joke that you’re glad your hotel room isn’t next to mine.  And then wonder if I’m maybe a Catholic or a Mormon. I’m not, but I love Jesus.  You know, the guy …

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