Oreos for Breakfast – A Devotional

May 5, 2019 | Danielle | Devotionals, Parenting | 0

“How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while there is still a beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:4-5, NIV I…

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God’s Naked Masterpiece

March 7, 2019 | Danielle | Faith, Parenting | 0

In honor of International Women’s Day, this is for all of my sisters out there. My daughter danced into my room as a way to say “good morning.” I looked over expecting to see the same sight I do most days, an 8-year-old with disheveled pajamas and crazy hair. But that’s not what I saw…

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Mama Needs a Nap – A Devotional

March 4, 2019 | Danielle | Devotionals, Parenting | 2

I couldn’t help but feel guilty. “Mommy, play with me!” my daughter insisted as a Barbie made its way into my tired hands. I so badly wanted to enter her pretend world and enjoy the moment as plastic Princesses Belle and Jasmine climbed up my leg, the make-believe mountain. I quickly recited a few lines…

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We painted the room purple – A Devotional

February 18, 2019 | Danielle | A Post About Mike, Devotionals | 2

Several years ago, before our loft was littered with Barbie houses and LOL dolls, Mike and I decided to paint over the dark, aqua-green walls we inherited upon the house sale. A mixture of wanting to put our own personal, newlywed touches on our house and covering up a color neither one of us preferred,…

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Holy Tantrums – A Devotional

January 7, 2019 | Danielle | Devotionals, Parenting | 2

Awake, O Lord! Why do you sleep? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever. –Psalm 44:23-24 (NIV) The sting of my toddler’s harsh words sparked tears I held back until exiting her bedroom. Her frustration from not getting her way resulted in a tantrum where she declared, “I don’t like you, I don’t love you,…

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It’s hard to be still right now.

November 27, 2018 | Danielle | Relationships & Coping | 1

A few months ago, I got pretty good at mindfulness – I learned how to be still. I even went to a retreat where a mindfulness guru came in and led our small group in an exercise. There we all sat on colorful, braided mats with crossed legs, closed eyes and open palms. We breathed…

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Road trip to heaven (A tribute to Ms. Linda)

November 13, 2018 | Danielle | Adoption | 2

I didn’t expect my adoption post this month to be centered around the news of a funeral. But as I’ve processed the passing of my daughter’s birth grandma last week, there’s no better way to advocate for adoption right now. We met Ms. Linda shortly after we adopted Mae. She helped care for the child…

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I don’t feel brave

November 6, 2018 | Danielle | Relationships & Coping | 2

One of the best decisions I’ve made in the past week is sharing my colonoscopy results with you all. Seriously. The outpouring of support is overwhelming, in a good way. My heart was encouraged by the comments, messages, texts and phone calls all weekend. It took me over an hour and a half to read…

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5 Ways I Rocked Self Care This Week

October 18, 2018 | Danielle | Relationships & Coping | 2

I’m not typically the type of person to say I “rocked” something – especially when it comes to self care. But honestly, this week I’ve done a bang-up job of taking care of myself. This is not easy to do. Why? The assumed answer might be, “I’m a mom,” but, I struggled with self care…

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I wasn’t there, but I’m here now.

September 25, 2018 | Danielle | Adoption | 0

I wasn’t there when she took her first breaths of air, when the vibrations of her vocal chords sounded the alarm she was cold, hungry or tired. I didn’t see the nurses wipe her off, nor the fresh ink from a tiny footprint dry. I wasn’t one of the many people in the room who…

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