{Advent} Hope


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advent-01Today is the start of advent. As a family we are doing an advent devotional entitled, Unwrapping the Names of Jesus by Asheritah Ciuciu. This week we read Luke 2:1-14:

“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

We also discussed the various ways in which the light of God shows us hope and how Christ’s light shines through us. We were given a list of family activities to choose from and we chose to bake cookies for the mailman. Sounds easy, I know. But if you knew the struggles we have had with our mailman then you would understand why doing something nice for him may be difficult. But we are going to let Christ’s light shine through us in this gesture of kindness.

The names we will be studying this week include:

  • Jesus – Matthew 1:21
  • Resurrection and Life – John 11:25
  • King of Kings – Matthew 2:2
  • Light of the World – John 1:9
  • Christ (Messiah) – Matthew 2:4



{FMF} Common


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common{Five Minute Friday is a five minute free write on a prompt given each week. There is no editing, no overthinking, no looking back. Just write.}


This week’s word is commonThis is probably about as political as I will ever get. We’ve all seen what has happened leading up to and, even crazier, after this election. But I think there is a common theme in it all.

Everyone just wants what they feel is best for themselves, their families, their friends, their communities, and their country. Just like we all disagree on the best type of cell phones,we are going to disagree on who should be running the country.

I have see some gnarly online debates of iphones versus androids. Like, seriously people, its a phone! So it’s really no surprise that some are upset about something as big as the presidential election when we have seen what they can do over a simple phone.😉

Of course, that in no way makes it okay for the spewing of hatred and vulgarity that is circling around the interwebs or the violent riots taking place. But I truly believe it is all coming from the common ground of loving and caring for those closest to you.


Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
1 John 2:15-16 NKJV



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Month of Skirtitude, Round 2


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month-of-skirtitude-round-2It’s time again. I feel it in my heart. And I know it is time for a change.You might remember awhile back I did a Month of Skirtitude. Well, it’s time again, and here’s why…

I am feeling a lot of frustration and crankiness. I know this happens when I start pushing against what God has planned for me. I was short on sleep the other day and cranky. Seriously cranky. And I couldn’t shake it. Everything from dealing with the garbage company to a family member via text to anyone breathing loudly! Okay, maybe not the breathing part, but you get my drift.

I even tried taking a nap, but I still woke up with crankiness and anger with a tight grip in my chest. Usually, after a nap (like a child) I feel a bit better, but I couldn’t shake it. I knew something had to change, but what?

That night, after everyone had gone to bed, I sat and looked around my home. It was in great disarray. And I had no motivation, or care, to clean it up. Every night I went to bed with grand plans of what I would do the next day to clean it up. But when I awoke in the morning, I just never seemed to get going. It was bad…both the house and my attitude.

So I thought, and I prayed. And one thing I have learned over the years is the great power I have over the balance and atmosphere in my home. Its a gift God gave women and it can be used for good or evil. Okay, not good or evil, but you will influence your home one way or the other. And I know the quickest way to turn things around was not to try and make others change, but to change me.

Then it hit me…I remembered what had happened last year during my Month of Skirtitude and all the positive changes it made in my home. So, by golly, I showered, marched upstairs, and threw on my favorite skirt. It was almost an instantaneous change of heart. I know that sounds crazy, but I do not question things when it comes to God. He always knows what I need.

For me, wearing a skirt is a physical reminder of the role I play in my home and in my marriage. I am the wife and the mom and God equipped me to flourish in those roles. I have gotten so much done this week already. I have my pride back in my home. I am waiting for people to drop by again so I can be hospitable and welcome them into my home.

So here I am, doing round 2 of a Month of Skirtitude. I am looking forward to all the positive changes it will have over my home and family. Plus, it means an eensy weensy bit of shopping since I don’t have many winter skirts and it’s a bit chilly now a days!😉

Are the skirts magic? Of course not, but how I feel about myself translates over my entire home.



{FMF} Journey


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journey{Five Minute Friday is a five minute free write on a prompt given each week. There is no editing, no overthinking, no looking back. Just write.}

This week’s word is journey. As you know, these last two years have been quite a journey for me. I wanted to take this time to share some verses with all of you who may also be going through some sort of trial.

First up is my favorite verse:

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;  and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans 5:3-5

On my journey, I have used the bible as my map. I would love to say that I did this from day one, but it wasn’t the case. I spent quite a time ignoring the map. Then I took it out, but spent more time trying to refold it than put it to use.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Psalm 119:105

For the commandment is a lamp, and the law a light; reproofs of instruction are the way of life.
Proverbs 6:23

And then, it clicked. I looked to the Lord to help me. To really help me and He has given me such fullness, even in my journey.

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:2

I know that I am going to be okay. And I know there is some lesson in this journey. And while I do not understand it now, I know I will in time. And that is enough for me to continue on.



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{ETF} When the Invitations Stop


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when-the-invitations-stopThere comes a time when you feel like you’ve been given up on. Dealing with anxiety to level I am, can be very lonely (but I have a whole separate post on that). You miss people and living your life.

For the most part, when I first started down this journey, life went on as usual. Of course, not a lot of people knew what I was struggling with, so why wouldn’t it. The mailbox was still stuffed with oodles and oodles of invites for weddings, birthday parties (both young and old), graduations, baby/bridal showers…you get the point.

I would RSVP as needed for my hubs and daughter. They would decide on going or opting out, and I would RSVP accordingly. It didn’t have a lot to do with me (aside from the fact that my hubs hates attending these things without me).

Then, as time went on, more friends and family became aware of our situation. The invitations started to dwindle. Some people did not want to upset me by inviting me to things I would not be able to attend. Maybe they thought the invitation would send me into a depression? Not sure. I can’t speak as to their thoughts, only what they have relayed to me. And others were frustrated by my constant RSVP of “sorry, not this time”, and thus decided to just leave me out all together. And why not, they already knew what I was going to say, right?

And now, two years into this battle, and the invitations don’t come anymore. I hear of events through family and friends or social media. And man, sometimes it really hurts. Just being honest here.

And no, I am not looking for ya’ll to go out and send me invitations now to all your shindigs. I am just documenting this process.🙂

Here’s the thing I want you to know: Yes, there is a 99% chance I am going to decline your invite. And for that, I am truly sorry! The things I have missed over the last two years leave me pained. I want to be apart of your life. I want to celebrate with you. It has everything to do with me and nothing to do with you.

But every single invite I receive gets my full attention. I hold it in my hands. I look it over. I study the date and match it to the calendar. I look at the time of day and how long. I look at where this event is going to be held. I try and figure how many people (and who) will be in attendance. And I ask myself, “Is this the one?” Is this the event I am finally able to go to? Is it far enough out? Do I think I will be better by then? Is that a location I think I can handle? Is this a group of people that will be understanding if I have to leave early?

Seriously…everything gets that much attention, if not more. So please, don’t give up on me yet!❤



{FMF} Park


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{Five Minute Friday is a five minute free write on a prompt given each week. There is no editing, no overthinking, no looking back. Just write.}

This week’s word is park. And oh did the memories come flooding back! Today, I am going to share with you one of my favorite stories of my daughter.

When my daughter was little, we used to go to the park all the time. There are so many around the county we live in that we were never bored. This particular day, we went to one of our favorite parks that includes a huge wooden structure to play on and also a fence the whole perimeter of the play structure.

I placed myself near the one-and-only entrance/exit to the play area and settled in with a good book. Ruth must’ve been about 6-years-old and was ready to play with “friends” and not mom. She quickly found a friend and they played for quite awhile in the beautiful sunshine.

After a couple hours, I got Ruth’s attention and told her it was time to go. We walked over to her new friend, and her friend’s mom, to say “goodbye”. She says, “Goodbye!” and the little girl and her mom both say “Goodbye, Daisy!” Wait…what?!?

As Ruth and I are walking away, I ask her, “Who’s Daisy?” and she says, “Just keep walking, Mom.”




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{Book Review} Voters’ Pamphlet


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voters-pamphletAlrighty, this is the review you have all be waiting for! And the best part…this book is 100% FREE to everyone! I mean, that’s pretty awesome! I love a good deal! I found my copy in my mailbox! If your magic mailbox did not give one to you, you can request your very own copy HERE.

This book is referred to, simply, as Voters’ Pamphlet. It is a 135-page non-fiction paperback (literally…paper) chocked full of helpful information. Now, I know each state gets their own version of this book. The copy I received is for Washington, although I would imagine all the states follow the same format.

The book first starts out explaining how to the voting process works in your state. In Washington State, we vote by mail. Your ballot will automatically arrive in your mailbox. I swear, that thing really is magic! You just fill it out (please follow the idiot-proof instructions included with your ballot…I promise, there are no chads…) and place it back in the magic mailbox before November 8th.

(If you are worried your magic mailbox might have different political views, you can check to make sure your ballot was received HERE.)

The next section is all about Measures. You can look through this part to see the Measure number, what the measure is trying to accomplish, and how it plans to accomplish this. This is very helpful since most of the commercials you see on the television will only tell you about the good parts of the Measure (or rather, what they want you to hear). For example, one of the Measures might want a new emissions testing for vehicles. Sounds like a great idea…I mean, let’s save the planet, people. But you have to look at what it will cost to implement this new testing and where they plan of getting the money (hint:taxes) and how much.

The third, and probably my favorite, section is all about the candidates. For my state there are six sections: US President & Vice President, US Senator, US Representative, State Executive Offices, State Legislative Offices, and State Judicial Offices. Pay close attention to all of these sub-chapters.

Take for instance, in Washington, there are actually seven candidates running for President. Seven! I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts the television only told you about two. Maybe four, if you were extra special.

At the beginning of each section, there is a prologue of sorts to inform you of the summary of duties included for the elected position. It’s a good to know what the position entails before you decide who you think is the best qualified for it. You may think Russell Wilson is an amazing guy and a good leader, but he probably doesn’t meet all the criteria for making a good Governor (or maybe he does). You get my point.

And finally, the last section will help answer any random questions, and then some! You can find out how to get your copy in another language  and in other formats. It also includes all the contact information for your local elections department.

In short, I would recommend this book to everyone! I think all voters should read it. And don’t just sit on all this great information. Put it to use and vote!



{ETF} Two Years


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two-yearsWell folks, it’s been two years since we started down this particular path of this adventure we call anxiety.

{For more on the story you can find it under the Embrace the Fight category by clicking HERE. And for the full story on what happened this day two years ago you can find that HERE.}

Two years is a long time. It’s a very long time to not be apart of family functions (Christmas parties, family reunions, birthday parties, baby/bridal showers, etc.).

Two years is a long time to be lonely.

There are new restaurants in our little town that I have never seen. What was once a produce stand is now a Taco Bell.

I have never been to my daughter’s school. I have only emailed with her teachers.

We have an entirely new shopping center in the county. The last I saw, it was an open field.

I have missed 3 important weddings. A sister. A brother. A best friend.

I have missed babies being born. A nephew. A child of a dear friend.

I miss the ocean. I miss spending time with friends. I miss coffee dates and lunches out. I miss being apart of the community. I miss being part of the church. I miss being able to serve others. I miss making/delivering meals. I miss open roads and a full tank of gas.

Timehop likes to remind me of the good times spent traveling around. I was up for anything. I wanted to go and do and be.

There is, however, a positive to this downtime. Hard to believe, I know.

Before this happened, I was walking along in my Christian faith thinking I had it all figured out. I mean, I was saved. I believed in Christ. I was baptized. Life was good in that area.

Or was it? God has taken this time to sit me down and show me what it says in His Word. He has shown me the pieces I have been missing. There is no more disconnect wondering what other people have that I don’t. I am not fully plugged in and working on my identity in Him.

To say whether or not this would have happened anyway, is a debate for another time. But I do know that I would not have slowed down to really stop and absorb what I needed to.

And with new hope in the last few weeks, I have been making great strides in this area. I know in my heart it won’t be long now. And I am so ready to get back to life!



{FMF} Mail


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mail{Five Minute Friday is a five minute free write on a prompt given each week. There is no editing, no overthinking, no looking back. Just write.}

This week’s word is mail. And boy do I love mail!

Now, first off, I have to admit, I am writing this on Thursday night instead of Friday. Eek! Let me set the scene: I’m curled up on the couch with my laptop and Johnny Carson is on in the background. I have my mug of hot cocoa (with the tiniest marshmallows ever!) and I’m listening to the rain. And I am writing this early because a big storm is headed our way and I am fairly certain we will not have power for a few days. I am guessing it will probably go out tonight, but if not, for sure Saturday. Don’t worry, though, we are well prepared. We have plenty of food, water, and gas for the generator.😉

So…without further ado…mail. I love mail! I love getting mail (that isn’t asking for money, aka bills). But more than that, I love sending mail. Like, really love it! I really enjoy writing out cards with little messages of encouragement and reminders of how special my friends and family are to me. Sometimes, I am even able to mail them little goodies that I think they will enjoy (books, etc.). It makes me so happy to be able to bless others in such a small way.

And the best part is, even though I have been sick, I am still able to do this for my friends and family. I may not be able to buy them a coffee or meet them for lunch, but I can certainly drop some goodies in the mail and that makes me happy!🙂

Do you still send snail mail?


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revampHello faithful readers!!

I am sure you have noticed there have been some changes here on the blog! We are going through a season of change. And revamping the blog is part of that. But I am so excited for the changes that are coming!

Here is a short rundown of all the fun in store for everyone!

1 – Posts will be more frequent! I know I have been dreadfully slacking in this area lately and it needs to change! Once a week is just not okay! I am hoping for 3 times per week.

2 – More stuff will be blogged about! We will keep the basics (faith, marriage, and mental health). I don’t want to lose those and I have a great outlet here for those topics! I also want to add in more of the other areas of life like health/fitness and all the good stuff I have been reading.

3 – A new look! We are still playing around with the final look of the blog, so no promises it won’t change a little bit more. Please bear with us!

Ah! I am so excited to get to spend more time with you and get more good stuff out there! I am more than over all the negative in our world right now! Blah!

Hope you’re all having a wonderful, long, weekend!