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All Things New
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Yard Work, Space Ships and Calming Down
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Review: Nashville’s Adventure Science Center
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Fight Seasonal Allergies the Natural Way
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Gatlinburg’s Wilderness At the Smokies- Resort Review
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Home of New Beginnings- Sponsorship Opportunity
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Selling the House We Love
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Bathroom Remodel
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Double Love: Valentine’s Day Give Back Guide
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A Very doTERRA Valentine’s Day

All Things New

I often find myself cringing while reading certain publications and blogs about adoption. There is a common theme of misusing adoption theology as application for the adoption of children. While I understand that this provides a beautiful picture of Salvation for the parent or other witnesses to the adoption, it, while unintended, places a level of shame on a child. Comparing their past experiences and orphan status to sin is a stretch and in my opinion, inappropriate. James 1:27 provides all the conviction and charge that we need to make adoption part of our Christian culture. It is no secret[…]

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Yard Work, Space Ships and Calming Down

We recently put our home on the market. And I have OCD tendencies. I also bite my nails. I always assumed this was some form of anxiety or a form of weakness until recently, when my husband shared this study with me. Apparently it’s a habit linked with perfectionism. And boredom. My life is finally starting to make sense. House selling, combined with these character traits can make for quite the disastrous situation. However, pat on the back, I’ve been pretty even keeled thus far. Yesterday I decided the lawn needed some extra attention, so once the big kids were[…]

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Review: Nashville’s Adventure Science Center

During the snowpocalypse charade that happened this month we found ourselves with days upon days off school. Once the roads were clear and school remained closed the goodbye kids and I really started to lose our minds. To avoid total meltdown we loaded up in the van and headed to Nashville’s Adventure Science Center. I haven’t taken the kids in years and I was excited to see many new attractions and experiences. Our daughter Lola is legally blind and isn’t always able to fully participate in museum or center settings. We did not find that to be the case with[…]

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Fight Seasonal Allergies the Natural Way

Seasonal allergies have been a yearly struggle for us since moving to the Nashville area 6 years ago. Apparently Nashville is a bowl surrounded by mountainous terrain that collects and then keeps allergens. Not helpful. After taking over the counter and even prescription allergy meds for a couple of years we felt that the side affects were not worth the little relief they were providing. Allergy medicines caused the adults in the family to take a dip in energy (fall asleep at our desks) and the littles had symptoms ranging from hyperactivity and emotional outbursts to falling asleep in the[…]

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Gatlinburg’s Wilderness At the Smokies- Resort Review

It seems so appropriate, on this very snowy day, to share what we did on the last Nashville snow day. We Nashvillians aren’t really snow people. So after enduring days of school cancellations and snow and ice accumulation the kids and I jumped at the chance to get out of town once the roads were cleared. We live about 3 1/2 hours from Gatlinburg/Sevierville so it has definitely become our weekend getaway choice whenever the opportunity presents itself. There is so much to do and see as a family. We have our favorite spots like the Donut Friar, located in[…]

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Home of New Beginnings- Sponsorship Opportunity

Human Trafficking. An evil that has become large reality in the world we live in. We know about it now, it’s become a buzz word of sorts. Instagram is filled with red X’s proclaiming our stance against the practice, yet most of us still don’t really know how to help. What if you had the opportunity to help a victim dream again? What if you had the opportunity to support someone as they transition from victim to VICTOR?? The Home of New Beginnings sponsorship program is that opportunity. Monthly commitments of $10-$100 per month support young women as they find[…]

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Selling the House We Love

We live in a house we love. It has the perfect space for a large family. Four large bedrooms, three full bathrooms, fun backyard, great schools. And in the Spring and Summer a different flower or plant blooms almost weekly. Someone clever, with a green thumb, really mapped that out before we came along. And yet, we find ourselves feeling not so at home here. Maybe just uncomfortable. And for the last several months we have wrestled with why. We have struggled with wanting to let go and wanting to stay. And finally came to a place where the path[…]

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Bathroom Remodel

This post has been a long time coming! We actually finished the bathroom months ago and I’m just now sitting down to share with you. The bathroom has really become one of my favorite rooms. It’s simple, clean and its design prohibits clutter. Hallelujah! Here are the before shots of the bathroom. Not terrible, but it did have carpet on the floor and avocado colored tile, soooo. Yes. It was time for an upgrade. It’s hard to convey the sink situation in pictures. The counter top was some kind of almond colored wonder that absorbed the color of EVERYTHING you[…]

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Double Love: Valentine’s Day Give Back Guide

This week has turned out very differently than I planned. An umbilical hernia that needed surgical repair and made me feel super sick landed me in an operating room yesterday. And if paper gowns, nudity and pee cups don’t make things awkward enough… after admitting that I had been doing a cross-fit style workout the older nurses there, fascinated by the idea of cross-fit in general, insisted that I meet a certain doctor there who, oh my goodness, also does cross-fit.  I practically begged them to leave cross-fit doctor alone, but oh no, they pulled her off another case to[…]

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A Very doTERRA Valentine’s Day

Guys, this post is for you. Girls, this post is for you too… to send to your guy. Especially if you’ve been eying essential oils without really knowing how to jump in. 1.The Beginner: The intro set, which includes Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint in adorable little bottles. This set ($26) comes in a nice little box with suggestions on how to use. 2. The Mom: the mom is looking for oils to use for herself (stress!) and for her kiddos. Because they are. always. sick. That gorgeous woman needs several great oils in her tool kit. Here are my suggestions:[…]

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