Freedom from Entitlement: A July 4th Manifesto

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Summer is such an interesting time to observe my habits. Maybe it’s the lazy days and lack of structure but I feel like the worst of myself comes out between June and August. I’m having such a hard time getting into the zone of productivity, healthy living and focus. While I want to remain carefree […]

Mocha Club Purpose Project: Linking Arms in Education

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As we’ve slowed down for the summer, packing up school supplies and paperwork from a successful year of Kindergarten, I’ve been so moved by how blessed we are in this country to have the educational opportunities we have. Whether our children are homeschooled, attend public or private school, we are blessed. Blessed with freedoms, resources […]

Finding Inspiration to Serve as a Family {Giveaway}

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As my little ones get a little older, I find myself excited about the idea of being able to serve together as a family. What was once an anticipatory dream of working together to change the world around us is now within our reach. They are finally old enough to participate and understand what it […]

Sole Hope Shoe Cutting Party: A Small Step that Makes a Big Difference in the World

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“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” -Mother Teresa When I was 11 years old, my parents sold all our earthly possessions and moved us to the Congo, where our family served on the mission field for 2 years. At the time, my […]

3 Simple Ways to Open Your Child’s Heart to the World {w/ a giveaway!}

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This weekend I had the great privilege of attending the Allume Conference with Kristy. We went into it not knowing what to expect and came out of it full of encouragement, inspiration and divine connections. One of the biggest threads of inspiration that ran through the conference was how each of the speakers used their […]

Erasing Childhood Hunger

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Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to […]

Surviving Mesothelioma: An Interview with Heather, Mom and Cancer Fighter

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Today is Mesothelioma Awareness Day. When I first connected with Heather Von St. James about 4 months ago and heard her story, I knew I wanted to share it here. I couldn’t think of a more perfect day than one set aside to raise awareness of this disease. I pray you all are inspired by […]

Before You Cast Your Vote

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I have avoided writing an election-oriented post like the plague. I hate politics. There, I said it. I loathe the clawing and climbing to get ahead, the plastic smiles and condescending grins. On every side of the table there is dishonesty and smoke being blown so strong it just might choke the entire country. But […]

Moving Our Kids Beyond ‘Me First’

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My great grandfather used to say that we spend the first two years of children’s lives serving them and the rest of their lives encouraging them to serve others.  We give them everything during the first several months of their lives and then spend what feels like eternity, or at least for me lately, teaching […]

A Boy, A Ball and His God

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I have a great son. Jack’s your typical teenager. He loves basketball, isn’t a big fan of school, and likes to hang out with his friends. He also loves God. A couple years ago, a few things converged in my son’s life. He and I read Take Your Best Shot: Do Something Bigger Than Yourself […]