Wednesday's Child: Ken



Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday's Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.





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Stressed Out Mom...

What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest post is by Heather Brown and blogs over at My Life Well Loved 



Have you had one of those days recently where it feels like everything is crashing in on you, and felt you were the most stressed out mom? Today I wonder how it was only a week and a half ago that I was on a beach in Mexico without a care in the world.

We haven’t traveled much all summer long but then everything stacked up. Mexico—>Bachelorette Party at the Beach—->New York Fashion Week and of course in between those trips, blog deadlines, motherhood, learning Empower, teaching Pure Barre classes, wife-ing, small groups at church and all the other things you and I…we all do… are still there.

Not to mention, Leyton turned two last week so that brought an onslaught of emotions, as well as party planning that still needs to happen. I am SIMPLIFYING his party this year, but we’ll talk about that another day.

Of course I’m incredibly excited to go to NYFW, but it’s also really hard to leave my little man (& my big man-ha) again. It’s also hard lining up the child care, hearing stories from your mom of him acting sad and saying “ma-ma” while you’re gone, and missing them like crazy.

It’s funny how just when you think you’re in a good groove and found a balance, life throws in some curve balls. Although we can’t always be in balance, Eric and I try to communicate when we are out of balance for a season due to travel, moving, baby stuff, work stuff, etc to let the other know we are aware of being out of balance. That way the other spouse can help us get back to where we need to be.

Where we find ourselves failing is when we don’t acknowledge to the other that we are out of balance. We both need the accountability to help get back to balance. Although life can’t always be pretty with a bow on it, I’ve been intentionally trying to take a few much needed steps to help me stay towards balance that I thought some of you may appreciate too. Because, hello, life as we know it is HECTIC, BUSY, and STRESSFUL and we can easily let it get the best of us.

When we went to Mexico, I decided to bring books with me because well, it seems that vacations are the only time I have to read these days. I packed The Best Yes and Present Over Perfect…noticing a theme here? I also packed a good light read for being on the beach, but that’s neither here nor there.

I’m trying to start being more mindful about what I say YES to so that it can be my best yes…and so that I CAN be present over perfect. I haven’t finished either book yet but I’m excited to have gotten started and determined to finish.

Today when I was a stressed out mom at my wit’s end, nerves frayed and almost in tears trying to hit deadlines but also be a good mom the 3 days I’m at home with Leyton before leaving again, I simply stopped. I sat down. I turned on worship music. And I invited Leyton to come sit in my lap.

We swayed to the music. I prayed the only thing I could think to get out: “Lord, help my racing mind to slow down. Help me.” I’ll tell you what, it helped. In that instance, I sat there just singing, swaying and tears brimming at my eyes. Motherhood is such a gift. But it’s so hard.

We are not perfect. Life is not easy, but we are here as a community of “lovies” (a title for the MLWL community you guys suggested) and in the body of Christ to help each other live a life well loved. A life full of promise. A love for each other that only comes from women encouraging women and seeking wisdom in God’s word.

And you know what, if you aren’t a believer, that’s ok because we’re here to love on you as well. I see you weary momma. I see you frazzled wife and stressed out mom. I see you lady who is worried you aren’t beautiful enough or smart enough or whatever “enough” you struggle with.


This post literally flowed from my brain (on overdrive) to my heart as Jesus helped me process through, to hopefully encourage you today wherever you are.

I want to encourage you today to take 5 minutes for you. Maybe light a candle, pray, start a good book, cuddle up with a blanket, stretch, do something to bring your weary heart to a state of rest even if it’s only for 5-10 minutes.



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Life Lately

I am writing this from the grave as yesterday I died of embarrassment. I was sitting at church before the service started going over the worship set with one of the pastors. Meanwhile, Karis is sitting nearby, and she has brought a really old purse of mine that I gave her. And suddenly she pulls this condom out of an interior pocket of my purse and hands it to me and says “what is this?” Right there in the front row of church as I’m planning the set list of hymns with a guy I don’t know that well but who must think I’m quite the liberated lady. You guys, I have no idea how this thing got in my purse as I have never been in the habit of carrying condoms. My best guess, given the fact that it has planned parenthood info printed on the back, is that it was handed to me at some pride parade or similar event, and I mindlessly shoved it in that pocket, where it’s been for many years. But of course I didn’t have time to explain it. And India is sitting there, too, dying because she knew exactly what it was. I lied and told Karis it was candy and shoved it in my own purse. Which is exactly how this whole thing started. 😳


India brought some spiritual reading material to church this morning. 😂







We’re sharing mortifying stories of embarrassing ourselves at doctor visits, involving a mistaken hug, a conversation leading to a bladder sling, and other traumatic tales. Also, Kristen tries Livia for her cramps and is here to report on it. Spoiler alert: it works!
http://bit.ly/theselfiepodcast


I think everyone has that thing or two that pushes the mental/emotional reset button. For me it’s the beach. And sunsets. When I’m traveling I try to make it a point to watch them, as if it’s a scheduled activity. But I don’t do this at home. There is something about a sunset that puts everything in perspective. It reminds me that my life, and my problems, are small in the scheme of things. It reminds me that the world is still turning, and there is still beauty at the end of each day. Today I wondered what would happen if I devoted myself to watching them every day, and how that practice could change my mood and daily outlook.


How many of us avoid conversations around race, politics and theology because we fear they could compromise relationship? I'm joining @theglobalimmersionproject, a peacekeeping initiative, on a webinar to help give the tools to engage in hard conversations. It's free! I will be hosting along with @jonhuckins@aaronieq and @pastahj
Wednesday, April 25th @ 10am PST/ 1pm EST *Even if you can't attend the live webinar, still register and they will send you a recording of the conversation and follow-up resources.

http://globalimmerse.org/blog/webinar-conversations/


I’ve got the week to myself so I’ve retreated to San Diego to rest and write. Things I brought: caftans, two face masks per day, wine, all of the teas. Things I didn’t bring: my flatiron, mascara, pants. This has been a year of crisis management and stress and I’m excited to decompress and introvert and get some clarity on what comes next.






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Friday Finds: Modern Planters & Stands


1. Asure Q Morden Stylish Ceramic and Iron Stand Planter 
2. Geometric Iron Rack Holder Metal Stand Gold with White Ceramic planter | Amazon 
4. Case Study Ceramic Planter with Wood Stand
5. Fox & Fern Mid-Century Modern Plant Stand 
6. Zuo Stripes Planter with Stand 
7. Umbra Nesta Single Planter 
8. Truu Design Planter with Stand Set of 2
9. Benzara Tranisitional Planter on Golden Stand





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EMBARRASSING HOT DOCTOR STORIES + CAN YOU ZAP YOUR CRAMPS AWAY? SELFIE, EPISODE 30




We’re sharing mortifying stories of embarrassing ourselves at doctor visits, involving a mistaken hug, a conversation leading to a bladder sling, and other traumatic tales. Also, Kristen tries Livia for her cramps and is here to report on it. Spoiler alert: it works!
In this episode we talk about:

Photo via @doctor.mike on instagram





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