September 30, 2013

31 Days

I've been racking my brain for a while now on whether or not to join in on the 31 Days challenge over at The Nester. The gist is to write about the same thing for 31days straight.  This kind of made me laugh, because simply blogging for 31 days straight will be a giant feat for me! I'm not exactly a regular poster over here! 

I thought that with Allume coming up and so much going on with homeschool, Hope Mommies, Keystone, (in)courage, Hello Mornings, my doula business, and you know, trying to live my life as a wife, mother, and homemaker, it totally made sense to take on something else to do this month! Well, really it just sounds like fun, and it's all the buzz right now and I hate to not show up at the party. 

I will admit though, I'm kind of going to be a slacker about it. That sounds so negative, though! Let's just say, I created a topic that will be easy for me to keep up with and actually write about for 31 days. Plus, it might just be fun! 

For the next 31 days, I'll be blogging random thoughts. Who knows what will happen or where this will end up. It might be hilarious. It might be boring. But I want to challenge myself to write more and I thought that this might just be a good way to get me in the habit. 

Join me tomorrow for Day 1, and don't forget to head over to The Nester to see what others are writing about! 

September 20, 2013

Five Minute Friday: She

It's Friday! So here we are, hundreds of us, bravely writing for five minutes flat on the same prompt given by the lovely Lisa-Jo Baker. "No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real."

This is Five Minute Friday, where writing gets real.

This weeks prompt is: SHE


She stands at my feet and tugs on my pants leg. "Mom mom mom mom mom" she says. I scoop her up and hold her tight. How has she gotten so big?

Just one year ago, she was only a few days old. A not so little bundle of joy, she stole my heart the first moment I saw her. She was the child I had waited for for so long. And there she was, healthy and happy as a baby ever could be!

And today, just days after her first birthday, as we prepare to celebrate three years without her brother this weekend, I look at her and the way they share the same mouth, and I wonder if he would have looked like her at this age. I wonder if he would have been funny like she is.

She reminds me of hope. She reminds me that God restores and redeems. She reminds me of him.

Five Minute Friday

September 16, 2013

(in)couragement is a Super Power

I used to feel desperate. I used to feel alone. When my daughter was born last year, I struggled to adjust to becoming a mom of two. I didn't dare let anyone know.

I prayed for community and God answered that prayer in big ways! He blessed me with growing friendships through a book club in my home, and He led me to a comfy sofa in a beach house with never ending cupcakes. That place is (in)courage.

I made fast friends with the women in this amazing community and have been overwhelmed by their kindness and bravery time and time again.  We have laughed together, cried together, and laughed so hard we've cried together. It's like having your own personal cheerleaders! These women spur you on when you're full of self doubt, celebrate with you in your victories, and take a knee when life falls apart. No one ever runs, because we've all pledged to stay.

At (in)courage we say, "I cheer for you and stand by you. I promise not to be jealous of you." Who doesn't need friends like that?

Now you can join this amazing community too! Today, registration begins for (in)courage community groups. These online small groups are a great way to connect with other women. Each group is held on Facebook and is limited to 30 women. The Fall session begins September 23 and runs through November 8. The groups are designed to meet you in your particular season of life. There are 70 groups, so there is a perfect fit for everyone!

I am so excited to be leading the Becoming Mom group with my dear friend, Vanessa, from Hearts on Guard. Becoming Mom is a place of (in)couragement for new and expecting moms as you go through a time of intense emotion and change. Our goal is to provide Christ-centered support to you throughout your pregnancy and the first year of your little ones life. It doesn't matter if this is your first or your fifth, as each new addition finds you becoming mom to your new baby. We want to help you stay rooted in Christ in a time that may seem uprooted and chaotic.  As a doula, I love being a part of this season of a woman's life, and I know that Vanessa is equally as passionate about loving on women through this time of excitement and change.

If you are pregnant or have a baby at home, I would love to have you join us at Becoming Mom! If not, I am confident that you will find the perfect group for you with one of the other amazing (in)couragers. Let me tell you, amazing doesn't even do these women justice!

Space is limited, and groups fill up fast, so head on over to the beach house, and register for a group that fits you! Then grab a cupcake or a salted caramel mocha and come back to tell me which group you'll be (in)couraged by this fall!

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