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10 Habits of Happy Couples Who Make Friendship A Priority

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My husband, Jesse, and I recently taught at a beautiful Valentine’s Day event¬†hosted by¬†a¬†local church. As we studied through scripture, talked about our marriage and prayed about¬†what to teach on, we kept going back to two things that felt most important to us and made us a “happy couple”: Foundation and Friendship.

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Christian Purity
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To the Girl Who Wished She Hadn’t

One morning in college, I woke up, got ready and drove to a church¬†to buy myself a purity ring. My heart ached a little bit¬†at the thought of it, because even at that time, the last word that I would have used to define myself was “pure.”

Maybe regretful, ashamed, dirty, totally undeserving of an honorable man’s affections.

Sure.

But definitely not pure.

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Why Are You So Hard On Yourself?

What is your standard of perfection?
And who designed that for you?

A few evenings ago, I sat down with my husband to share with him¬†some emotions and fears that I had been experiencing lately. I expressed to¬†him that I feel¬†like I am¬†failing as a mom. That every day I feel like I’m just not doing enough and perfectionism is robbing me of joy.

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The Ellen Show tickets 12 Days of Giveaways
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How We Got Tickets to The Ellen Show 12 Days of Giveaways (and the Behind-the-Scenes Secrets!)

It has always been my dream to get tickets to¬†The Ellen Show, but to be there¬†for the 12 Days of Giveaways is¬†one of those things that I just¬†knew wouldn’t ever¬†be possible, even¬†in my wildest dreams – until it actually happened!

So how did we do it and what was it like?! I am so excited to share with you all! 

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Less Stress More Joy Happier 2017
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Less Stress, More Joy: 8 Daily Habits For a Happier 2017

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The day after Christmas, in a moment of conviction¬†and vulnerability, I began to¬†share¬†with my husband about my daily routine. I¬†shared with him that every single day I feel¬†like I am¬†living my life 10 steps behind, with no hope of catching up. I feel frustrated, have more stress than I should¬†and feel like I’m investing too much time in things that just don’t really matter. I’m ready for a change.

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What’s Mine is Yours: Why We Have Unlimited Phone Access in our Marriage

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I want to preface this post¬†by saying: I’m not (totally) crazy ;), I’m not insecure in my marriage and I’m not overly jealous.¬†I don’t need nor want access to my husband’s phone at all times. And although any moments where we wish to do so are few and far between, he and I both have the freedom to look¬†through one another’s messages, social media accounts or¬†emails if ever¬†we¬†so choose. He has full access to my phone and I have full access to his.

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4 Practical Tips For Raising Grateful Kids

“My sons¬†are 2, 8 and 10. In no way have I finished raising my kids nor do I know exactly what will make them ‚Äúgreat people.‚Ä̬† I am in the trenches with you, figuring it out as I go, desperately leaning on God for wisdom and guidance on how to raise these little beings – with the goal of helping them to become awesome men who will live their lives wholeheartedly for Christ!
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A Letter to Singles: Marriage Doesn’t Suck

When I first got engaged, I assumed that everyone¬†would be as excited as we were. I was absolutely out of my mind in love with a man who had been my best friend for years. The word fianc√© giddily rolled off of my tongue and our long-awaited wedding day couldn‚Äôt come soon enough (it was actually only a five month engagement, but it felt like forever!) The idea of marriage¬†was a dream come true for me – but¬†based on many people’s words and opinions, I was beginning to question if¬†it was actually as¬†bad as they made it seem.

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When Motherhood Gets Messy

I always call my son, Sutton, one of my best friends because he totally is. I love my time with him and laugh harder with (and at) him than I think I ever have before. He is my compassionate, empathetic, kind, fun and extremely happy baby.

But¬†as his character begins to show through, I’m beginning to see that he is also stubborn and very strong-willed.
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