The Simplicity Manifesto

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I haven't stepped into my office to work all week. With all that is happening in our country, writing my thoughts seemed trivial. While I'm not going to talk about politics or the state of the world- I want to talk about something a little closer to home. Burn out. Our day to day lives are wearing us down. We're living life tethered. … [Read more...]

Twilight Prayers

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Sometimes I suddenly wake up in the middle of the night. Wide awake. I stare out my window at the fading stars and wonder if there's a reason. Occasionally, someone's name will be on the tip of my tongue, as if placed there on the edge of an unfinished dream. It could be a good friend or a person I haven't heard from in years. But, I often … [Read more...]

When the One Who is Hard to Love is In Your Own Family

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My brother is in prison. Just releasing those words out into the universe makes me cringe. I've went to hit the backspace button several times. Erasing my thoughts before I even begin. Peeking over my shoulder to make sure no one has seen what I've written. It's just not something we share in polite company. We barely bring it up amongst … [Read more...]

If You Grew Up in Southern Indiana

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Summer is almost over and sitting at home recovering from surgery has me waxing nostalgic over all of the summer-time activities I did in my youth. When it hit me- I bet summer is a lot different if you grew up somewhere other than Southern Indiana. So here's my list of things that us Hoosiers do: Quarry jumping- Jumping from jagged … [Read more...]

Why Millennials Don’t Pray

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  Prayer is our direct communication with God, our speed dial to the creator of the Universe. It can direct and affect our daily lives. But, something concerning is happening with this generation. The line has been cut- we don't pray. Not like we're supposed to. We don't have prayer closets or dedicated times of prayer. With busy, full … [Read more...]

Facing My Mortality

Facing My Own Mortality

There I was. Curled up in the floor of my closet, head in my hands- sobbing. Begging and pleading with God. Pouring my heart and fears out to him. Scared to death. Crying out loud. Begging for peace. Asking for forgiveness. This past week I was brought face to face with my own mortality. Being in my late twenties, most of the time I still … [Read more...]

Fear

I am no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God." This chorus has been bringing me comfort as I sing it over and over again this week. As I mentioned before on my social media, I had quite a scare this week. After a typical, normal day at home, I began experiencing some major pain in the upper part of my stomach. It was pretty debilitating. … [Read more...]

Card Games at Grandma’s

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I took a trip with my toddler to the library this week. As we played and read books, I took a look around. The children's floor was sprinkled with adolescents from the ages of 7-17. And none of them were reading. They were all hunched over their cell phones. Thumbs racing, scrolling, headphones plugging their ears. I wanted to jump up and … [Read more...]

Once You Start Getting a Full Night of Sleep

Once You Start Getting a Full Night of Sleep

Once you start getting a full night of sleep after those early infant days, the world suddenly blooms around you. The sun shines brighter, your children seem nicer, and your Husband looks more appealing. You lose that blurry haze that seemed to surround your thoughts and actions for months upon months (sometimes years!). Your ability to have … [Read more...]

The Dreaded Poo Strike

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I wrote this 3 weeks ago...and we're experiencing the same thing, for the third time in a month. So, I thought I'd share my feelings on the awful, dreaded poo strike.   My son has been holding his poop for 3 days. Not because he's severely constipated or ate something bad. Not because he doesn't know how to poop in the potty- he did … [Read more...]