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What the Man at Starbucks Taught Me about Compassion

The other morning I was about to get in line at Starbucks and a man ran ahead of me. He physically shoved me to the side to get in front of me. I silently stopped in my tracks, shocked, and he turned around and said he was “in a hurry” in a pretty nasty tone, and turned back to order his drink. I thought of a thousand not-so-kind words that I wanted to share with him at that moment. I had already had a rough morning and felt discouraged and frustrated that there had to be one more thing that went wrong.

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There’s a New Place in Town and Everyone’s Brewing About It

The fragrance of delicious food, garage doors leading to an outdoor seating area (which will soon be dog-friendly) and long, rustic community tables all set the tone for one of the most welcoming and popular happy hour spots in Albuquerque. You would never know by its vast following that Starr Brothers Brewing opened its doors less than a year ago. This Northeast Heights restaurant has already made ‘regulars’ out of newcomers and it is undoubtedly well-deserved.

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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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in Hope

Don’t Give Up On Your Daydream: Pursuing God’s Plan For Your Life

When I first started my blog, I quickly realized that this had been my “daydream” for a long time. I was finally living out what I believed was God’s plan for my life. I prayed for everything that I wrote to be nothing more than a reminder: a reminder to every single person who reads that they are valued, cared for and loved by an amazing and gracious God. I wanted to use the comfort that I had received from Him to comfort others – and that meant being vulnerable and open in areas that I didn’t necessarily wish to be.

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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 “great people.”  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 fiancé giddily rolled off of my tongue and our long-awaited wedding day couldn’t 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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