I think most Christians will tell you that prayer is one of the spiritual disciplines they struggle with most. I would be lying if I didn't admit the same struggle. I've read about or heard about many different methods of prayer, but I have a hard time trying to make them work for me. I try one, and when it doesn't work, I always fall back to this one method that never fails to keep me engaged in payer: written out prayer.

I know what you're thinking. "She waited until October to write about fall stuff?" Well...yes. For the simple reason of it's FINALLY starting to feel like fall here in Oklahoma. (Although, I'm trying not to be too excited because the weather does so like to trick me...). Even though it's only just now feeling like fall, I wasted no time making sure it looked and smelled like fall in my house. And these are the 5 main things I've used religiously since well before the first official day of fall.

Don't get me wrong. I love a good vacation. Whether it's spent at a beach, at a lake, or in the mountains, it's my happy place, away from the chaos of reality. What I don't like is the massive reality check that hits you when you walk through the door. Seriously, it takes me forever to unpack from a week long trip because I'm worn out and frankly, a little overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done.

I could try and analyze what brought this burnout on. It could be the crazy busy schedule during this last month. It could be my failure to get to the gym this week. It could be the fact that I haven't been taking my vitamins, drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, etc. But if I'm being honest, I don't think it's any of those things this time. No, this time its more than just mom burnout, it's spiritual burnout. And it needs to be dealt with immediately.

Like many things, my taste in music has changed over the years. There came a day where children's songs were beneath me, then I discovered "praise choruses", but I only listened to those at church. By high school, my genre of choice was modern country. But after becoming a mom something in me changed that caused me to give up country music all together. That change: I began actually listening to what I was singing.

I am a podcast junkie. I love listening to my favorite bloggers share their heart while I perform my daily tasks because, let’s be honest, I don’t always have time to read blog posts and sometimes I just need to hear a grown-up talking. I thought it would be fun to share my favorite podcasts with you today.

I was never very close to Grandpa so the two weeks we spent with our extended family were very educational. I was reminded that he was an incredible man who lived a very full life. But at the funeral, as my Father-in-law read the eulogy, I came to this realization: Whether he realized it or not, Grandpa Paul built an amazing legacy that has already started making its way down the generations. My desire is to make sure that, at the very least, part of this legacy will continue to make it down to my children.

People look forward to summer all year long. The shorts, flip-flops, vacation plans are set out and ready to go before May even hits. But here in NE Oklahoma (other states as well) summer only means one thing: heat. Lots of heat accompanied by high humidity makes for a truly miserable season. The only thing that makes it harder is trying to figure out how to keep your kids occupied indoors because of the extreme temperatures outside.

I'm pretty sure I've talked about this before but I love routines! I love planners and pens. I enjoy reading books and articles about planning the perfect day/week/season. I've pinned several different cleaning routines and plans on Pinterest with then intention of trying all of them. And don't even get me started on the number... Continue Reading →

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