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Exploring Loneliness in the Upside-Down Kingdom

True story – last week when we were anticipating the release of this latest episode of the UpsideDown Podcast, some of us hosts had very little memory of recording it. It was the second half of a long night of recording and I’m not sure why, but it was a really exhausting experience. I woke…

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Asiago, Roasted Red Pepper, and Black Bean Quiche

For months now, I’ve been lauding the overlooked and under-appreciated goodness that is the frittata. Seriously, they come together in minutes, they’re easy to customize, they’re pretty, AND they can be served for every single meal of the day. Not to mention they’re protein-packed and usually include at least SOME kind of vegetable. I’ve started taking…

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What I’m Learning and A Prayer

Last Tuesday I ran around getting myself and the kids ready to leave town for my brother’s wedding in St. Louis. I voted early, so after school we packed, had dinner, played a round of Go Fish, and put the kids to bed. Duff and I settled in to watch the election coverage. We’re on…

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So #blessed

The latest episode of Upside Down, our podcast featuring “unscripted conversations on life and faith” dropped yesterday! (Yeah, dropped. I said it. Who do I think I am, K-Ci & JoJo? #throwback) Episode 3 focuses on the oft-used hashtag “blessed.” As in, #blessed Our editor joked that we came in a little hot on this…

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Fighting Fear with Hope

Hey look, I said I probably wouldn’t be back over here this week but here I am! You know what’s brought me here? The election. But I don’t really want to talk about the election. [Insert sigh of relief.] I want to talk about fear and hope. I’m sensing a lot of fear among Christians…

"I could tell you my adventures, beginning from this morning," said Alice, a little timidly. "But it's no use going back to yesterday because I was a different person then." - Lewis Carroll

Wherein I Inquire about the Clerical Collar

Lately I’ve found myself wondering what the church planter’s wife equivalent of the clerical shirt and collar might be. A turtleneck? A dress with a neckline that looks like a doily? A t-shirt that says, “body piercing saved my life?” Please say no.   Honestly though, I’ve found myself wishing there was such a thing. For…

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When it Rains, it Pours – Commercials, Movies, and a new Podcast!

There must be something magical about today, because the heavens are opening up and dumping all kinds of fun things this week. It’s like, raining sprinkles or something. For example, you may have seen on Facebook that our commercial is running on HGTV right now. What? How did this even happen. I know who watches HGTV…

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Dear Stay-at-Home Moms – Don’t Discount Your Value in the Workplace

A few years ago I was talking to a friend with kids about the same age. We both worked after college, both got married around the same time, and had our first kids just a year or so later. We both left our jobs to stay at home with our kids, and we both loved…

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Set Your Kids Up for a Lifetime of Dental Health

The ProNamel® brand has compensated me in connection with statements made in this post. When my middle daughter was younger, I remember having a conversation with another friend about what it was like to brush a child’s teeth. They had a mouthful of teeth so we knew it was important to get it right, and…

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5 Things That Happened This Summer

The other day I was at the pool with the girls for the last time this season. It was a chillier day and Piper finished swimming before the other two. She sat on my lap, snuggled in a Cinderella towel, and munched on a PopTart. I grabbed my phone and took a few photos because…