Mama

Mama

May 14, 2017. What a day filled with so much emotion. It is my grandma's birthday, my mom's mom - our rock. It is my nephew's birthday, who has officially turned 15 years old - the age I was when he was born and my family's world was so beautifully changed forever. It is also my first "official" Mother's Day, though I very much felt like a mother last year when my Lion was still a part of me... forming, developing, growing, waiting to meet the world. 

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for graduates

for graduates

A couple of years ago, one of our youth groupers was graduating high school and her mom had asked a group of us to write her a letter giving her some encouragement and/or advice as she entered into college and a new season of life. Anthony and I prepared the following list for her and I thought, "Hey! Why not post this on the blog!" 

So, here you go... 

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WE because HE

WE because HE

I grew up the youngest of ten grandchildren on my mother's side. My family is filled with achievers. My sister is four years older than me, beautiful, and was an all-star fast-pitch softball pitcher in high school. She was brought up to pitch for her varsity team as a freshman and I grew up reading her name and seeing her picture in the local newspaper often. I have several cousins who are amazing volleyball players (which was also the sport I played) and they went on to receive prestigious athletic scholarships and awards. I have many cousins who are musically gifted, play instruments, and sing beautifully and my mother and grandmother are well-known and well-loved in my hometown. From the time I was born, I have been referred to as "Rhonda's daughter", "Marlene's granddaughter", "Val's sister", or "So and so's cousin".

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What does it look like to bring Heaven to Earth?

What does it look like to bring Heaven to Earth?

Anthony & I recently began watching the new show "The Good Place" starring Kristen Bell about how she ended up in 'The Good Place' (as opposed to 'The Bad Place') following her death on earth. It's from the creators of Parks and Recreation and it's pretty entertaining, but not at all based on biblical truths. Well, that's a lie. God's truth is everywhere and in everything (I dare you to seek and I promise you'll find), but what I mean to say is that 'The Good Place' and Heaven are two vastly different places and experiences... except, there is just one thing that is somewhat similar...

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The path to becoming cruelty free

The path to becoming cruelty free

Let me start off this post by saying that I am not 100% cruelty free but would love to get there one day. It's a process that, for me, has taken a couple of years of research and investment but it is a beautiful journey that I encourage everyone to at least look into.

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