What We’ve Been Up to and a Challenge


OK, so I took last month off from the blog and here’s a quick recap of what July looked like for us:

What we did:  We had Vacation Bible School (VBS) on Wednesday nights and the kids loved it. It was their first time going and it really was one of the highlights of their week.

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The other major thing that we accomplished in July is potty training this guy:

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And I won’t lie, it was hard. It took a lot of time and energy and well, it wasn’t pretty. You would think after doing it three times before it would have been smooth sailing but no. This kid just wasn’t ready until he was ready. And once it all clicked in his mind, he was able to go and has been doing great. But it this mama definitely had moments of crying out to Jesus, exhausted from the whole thing. Honestly though it’s a little bittersweet, though I’m happy to not deal with diapers anymore this is the last baby that I will potty train and so it’s a little sad to think my baby isn’t quite such a baby anymore.

What I did specifically is spend time in prayer and the word, trying to figure out what I’m spending too much time on and trying to find balance. You see aside from caring for my family I’m also involved in women’s ministry at our church, co-leading a ministry for moms and overseeing our blog. I also do Life Coaching for women and looking to grow my ministry (more on that soon, I promise).

I’m busy, yes but I also have realized that while balance is absolutely essential; there are only so many days I have on this earth and it is important for me to feel like I am living with purpose and that means in many ways having a full life; not necessarily easy or relaxing but fulfilling. And that requires learning to manage my time, especially my online and social media time; which are great for connecting but can definitely get out of hand if not kept in check. And it’s something I have definitely struggled with.

So I’m joining Sarah Mae’s unwired mom challenge where’ we’ll work on keeping our online time in check and focus on being more intentional and present with our families. Each day there will be a challenge, an “embrace your life” idea, and a journal exercise.

The UnWired Mom Challenge is not a stay-off-your-computer-for-two-weeks challenge. It’s a challenge to help you try and break some habits and come up with a vision for living free and whole and un-addicted while still enjoying the benefits of the Internet.


I’ll keep you all posted on how it goes, but for now I must sign off as I’m at the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit this week (at a satellite host site, not in IL) and I’m learning about leadership from some amazing speakers. Will tell you more about it next time.

Have a lovely weekend!


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