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Thanks for joining me here! For those of you who are new to this site, you have stumbled upon the official launch of my new blog.  I have been blogging for several years, but last year I felt it was time to begin something new–new design, new content, a new chapter–so here goes. Feel free to visit my old blog anytime, but I will be posting here going forward.

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I am a mom of three amazing and unique teenagers, and wife to a devoted, loving man of 22 years.  We live in Colorado and yes, we enjoy all that this beautiful state has to offer, including hiking and no bugs. But we also love water activities and in the summers you will find us up on the shores of a northern Minnesota lake, digging FullSizeRenderccour toes into the sand (dog toes too) and crashing our faces into the water while trying a new wake boarding trick.  We love to travel and watch favorite TV shows together, eat pizza IMG_3450and dream together. Church and our faith community is central to our lives, and God is the glue that holds it all together.

That is the Facebook version, all true, but not the whole picture.  We are a totally normal (i.e. real) family.  We argue, get cranky, shiver while our cars warm up on cold winter mornings, feel worn out after long weeks, and experience disappointments. Our cars break, our kids hurt, our computers freeze up. My husband and I often give each other looks across the room, our eyes saying, “Only six more years of the teenage phase right?” when hormones and feelings get released and mixed up and huff up the stairs.  We feel misunderstood, raise voices, and sometimes slam doors.   Being a family and growing up together is one of life’s greatest blessings, but also one of the greatest challenges–humbling, exposing, exhausting, testing our selfishness and selflessness to the max…and humbling….did I say that already?  This is real life.

This blog is about real life.  It is, in fact, about more than that.  It is about living real life to the full.

What does that mean exactly?   My inspiration for this blog is rooted in John 10:10:

“The thief comes only to steal and destroy: I have come come so that they (us) may have life, and have it to the full.”

Jesus spoke these words to the Pharisees, highlighting his purpose on earth.  In contrast to the thief who takes life, Jesus gives life.  And not just life, but LIFE with a capital L.    Here are some examples of what “life” vs. “LIFE” might look like:

Living with shame/guilt             vs.       Living with peace and acceptance of who we are

Trying to control everything      vs.       Releasing people and circumstances to God’s will

Striving to be perfect                   vs.      Recognizing our unique gifts, giving ourselves grace

Over-committed and tired         vs.         Living with margin, learning to say “no” well

Worry and anxiety                       vs.        Trust in something bigger, wiser, greater

Lack of self-discipline                 vs.         Strength to overcome that comes from God alone

Emotional, reactive                     vs.         Peaceful and calm in the storm

Depression, sadness                    vs.         Hope and Joy

This is real life folks.  We just have to decide which side we are going to live on.  Jesus came so that we could have LIFE TO THE FULL, and I don’t know about you, but that’s what I want from here on out.  I want each day that I walk on this planet to be significant, joyful, and full of Life.

That is what we are going to talk about on this blog.  We are going to wrestle with what this looks like, talk about how to walk this journey, and grow.  Will you join me?

The following are ways you can connect with all that is going on here going forward:

  1. SUBSCRIBE to getting this blog in your email so you don’t miss a thing!  I promise that I won’t fill your inbox–I  post about once a week.
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  4.  Please COMMENT below!  So many of you write to me sharing your thoughts on my posts and I am so grateful.

Let’s do this friends!  Life to the full.




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