Bible Time with Kids

Growing up as a PK (pastor’s kid) was an experience (more on that another time) but one of my favorite things we did as a family, were daily family devotions around the breakfast table. My brother and two sisters and I, we would go through commentaries and memorize scripture, having lively debates on original sin Read More

Spiced Banana Pumpkin Bread

This recipe is the result of a happy mistake! I had run out of a few ingredients after already starting this recipe and started substituting. The result was SO amazing I had to try this “accident” again to see if I could recreate it on purpose, and it turned out exactly the same. The main Read More

Worthy Warriors

I work in an industry that prey’s on the insecurities of women. “Lose 30lbs in thirty days…” “Get those defined abs…” “Build a bigger booty…” It’s never said, but the whispers in our mind fills in the end: “And THEN you will be worthy.” And that’s just the fitness side. Come over to the business Read More

Letting Go: A Homeschool Story

I’ve been putting off this blog post for a while. Not because I feel any shame or am questioning our decision to place our three oldest children in school this year – no, it’s just that for some reason, any time I write about  MY own decisions regarding how I raise my kids, what I Read More

Where Does Confidence Come From?

What creates confidence? What takes it away? Are some born with a larger measure and others born with less? Courage or the lack thereof is a result of self talk. Courage is a feeling, and our feelings are a result of what we believe is true about the world and about ourselves. When we believe, Read More

Setting Goals as a Mom

Hi, I’m Vanessa, and I’m an overachiever. I was always told that my overachiever-ness was a character flaw. That deep down I was trying to impress others and get approval from them instead of God. But now I’m older and wiser and I know that’s not it at all. I’m an overachiever because I just Read More

Creating a Life-giving Morning Ritual

Why do we love mornings? It’s a fresh new start. There’s hope. A sun rises. The potential is exhilarating. We have awoken to a brand new 24 hours in which we can do almost anything!! Why do we hate mornings? Not enough sleep. All we can see are the troubles. Nothing in the day ahead Read More

24 Days of Holiday Activities

I LOOOOOOOOVE Christmas. It’s just, the best. All the little things are my favorite. The decorating, the smells, the music, the baking the lights, the candles, picking out the perfect gifts. Having kids takes it to a whole other level. Their excitement and wonder is infectious, but, as with most things that are done with Read More

Permission to Complain

  One of my friends recently took a “no complaining” challenge. She laughed as she told us how many sentences she started with: “I’m not complaining, but….” during that time. It’s so easy to complain. But, what IS complaining? It’s sharing frustration at something that is not right. In this fallen world, there is SO Read More