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New Website!


Have you ever moved into a new home and then, a bit too quickly, had visitors in?  Suddenly you see the place through their eyes – boxes stacked everywhere, bare windows, and dust in the corners that you haven’t quite found a moment to sweep up yet.

That’s a bit how I feel about this new website – I think the space will be a lot better in the long run and I’m excited about it!  But things aren’t all arranged yet.

My support team (i.e. my husband) and I have been quietly working on this for a couple of months now, trying to get things figured out before we “went live.”   We are clearly NOT skilled at this because we ran into many problems which meant we had to launch this site a bit earlier than we wanted.  If you start looking closely you’ll see problems with comments and posts and links – we’re working on all of those issues and hope to have everything resolved soon!

Please take a moment to connect with me on social media if you haven’t done so already (see the buttons on the right or the boxes at the bottom of this page)!  Additionally, you can follow my blog on feedly or on BlogLovin’

I’d love to hear what you think of the new blog if you have a moment!

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the best of the month: APRIL

Last month I started a series called The Best of the Month where I share my favorite articles and blog posts from the past month.  Each day I read multiple articles so when I come across one that I really like, I save the link.  At the end of the month I sort through all the links, divide them into categories, and share my favorite from each one.  Hope that you enjoy these reads as much as I did.


Jessica at Jessica Lynn Writes: Hope For My Military Child

This morning I was holding my newborn daughter, and for the first time I felt a twinge of sadness. She didn’t choose this lifestyle. Her dad will deploy in the future and leave her for months at a time. Through her tears, I’ll have to explain why he left and comfort her when all she wants is him. I love that she’ll grow up experiencing new places, but it absolutely breaks my heart that she’ll see her family’s faces more on a computer screen than in person. 

This may be the life I chose, but I didn’t necessarily choose it for her, so I hope I can show her the positive aspects of this military life and I hope they’ll outweigh the negative just a little bit. I hope the friends we make across the world will become her surrogate family, giving her the physical hugs, kisses, and playtime when her real family is far away. I hope my husband and I will be a good example as parents so when he jets off for the sandbox she’ll know he’s coming back to a family bound by love. I hope, whether we move across the world or down the street, that she’ll understand—as cliche as this is—that her home isn’t defined by an address, but by where her heart is planted.


Laura at Hollywood Housewife: Blogging is My Favorite: When I Blog

Your favorite bloggers – those that write well, post frequently, or photograph recipes, fashion, or crafts – are spending a lot of time on their blogs. They’re not squeezing it in during naptime. If they don’t have some sort of help…or kids in school all day, I guarantee you that they’re getting up extra early or working late into the night. Solid blogging takes a lot of time. The content itself takes hours, but then if you want anyone to see it you have to have a presence on social media, respond to reader and professional emails, and deal with various backend issues.


Sandra Glahn at Her.meneutics: The Feminists We Forgot 

This “new woman” is not an invention of second-wave feminism either. Betty Friedan did not start the “woman movement;” Christians did. Motivated by the belief that men and women were made in God’s image to “rule the earth” together, these pro-woman, pro-justice believers sought to right wrongs for those who had less social influence.


Eve O. Schaub at Everyday Health: Our Year of No Sugar: One Family’s Grand Adventure 

 I wanted to see how hard it would be to have our family — me, my husband, and our two children (ages 6 and 11) — spend an entire year eating foods that contained no added sugar. We’d cut out anything with an added sweetener, be it table sugar, honey, molasses, maple syrup, agave or fruit juice. We also excluded anything made with fake sugar or sugar alcohols. Unless the sweetness was attached to its original source (e.g., a piece of fruit), we didn’t eat it. 

Once we started looking we found sugar in the most amazing places: tortillas, sausages, chicken broth, salad dressing, cold cuts, crackers, mayonnaise, bacon, bread, and even baby food. 


(I’m including two from this category because there were SO MANY amazing choices – I finally narrowed it down to these two)

Rebecca Wohl at Commission on Biblical Gender Equality: I Can’t Change My Spots

I took her hands even tighter into my own and led her to a chair so we could talk. Her sweet spirit and kind words moved my heart, and I could tell we had more to chat about. 

“Well, after all these years of believing that women shouldn’t be in the pulpit, I just can’t change how I feel about that. But your – ,” she hesitated again.

I smiled again and tried one more time, “Sermon?”

 “Ok, for lack of a better word, yes, your sermon was really one of the best sermons I have ever heard, and it challenged me in my faith – imagine that, after 80 years of walking with Jesus.”

I was very humbled and grateful for her generous words, but wanted to push further…  “Ah, thank you so much! It was my true honor to bring God’s Word today. I’m so thankful that the Spirit ministered to you. So you are not sure if women should preach, but you think that maybe, I’m an OK preacher though?” I pushed further.

“Oh yes! The best! But that’s just you honey, I don’t know about any other woman out there.”

“So, if I’m a good preacher, and I am a woman, isn’t it possible that there are other good preachers out there who are women too?”

James Hoskins at Christ & Pop Culture: “God’s Not Dead” and the Angry Atheist Professor: That Was Not My Experience 

…I’m concerned that the movie God’s Not Dead perpetuates a false stereotype: that of the bully atheist philosophy professor who is out to destroy every Christian student’s faith. I’m sure there are some of those professors out there. But I doubt that they are a majority. Even if they were, though, I don’t think caricatures and stereotypes are helpful. When we uncritically accept a caricature of someone, we become less gracious people. Instead, we become more dismissive, presumptuous, and defensive. We also become more likely to misinterpret an honest challenge to our faith as an “attack,” and react in a way that is less than winsome.


Kim at She is Fierce: The Sound of a Silent Doorbell

All I could do was wait to see if my doorbell would ring. 

When morning came and it hadn’t, I received a phone call confirming that Dh was OK.

What I felt then was almost harder than what I had experienced the entire sleepless night.

 It was the guilt that follows that moment of relief.

Because it wasn’t my love, but it was most certainly someones.

It wasn’t my heart broken, but the hearts of 4 other families.


What Kept Me in Church Was Communion

When my eyes locked into the lay minister’s and he said, “Christ’s Body, broken for you,” I believed him.  When I dipped that scrap of bread, humble yet holy, into the communion wine, it sent shivers down my spine.  “Christ’s blood, spilled for you.”  This was the Gospel, simple and true.

It wasn’t a fancy program or a new method to “reach my generation.” It was following the example of Christ when He said, “Do this in remembrance of me.”  And I did: I remembered Him.

When the cynicism of Christianity scabbed over my heart, the simplicity of the Gospel ripped it open again.  In my remembrance of Him, the offenses I held against the modern Church faded away.  

What is the best thing you read (or wrote!) this month?

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My Writing Process (a blog tour!)

I’m excited to share about my writing process today! I was tagged in a blog tour and, as I reviewed the questions, I thought they would be good for me answer and also fun for readers to get a glimpse into my head as I plan and write posts.  

I was tagged by fellow Air Force wife, Jessica of Jessica Lynn Writes.  I have been reading Jessica’s blog for several years now (since before either of us had children!).  When I started reading her blog, they were stationed in Italy, which is one of the places we would love to be stationed some day.  Jessica’s blog is one of my favorites and I read every post she writes!

The ladies I am tagging in this tour are fellow members of the Redbud Writers Guild, which I joined a few months ago and have found to be the most gracious and helpful group.  Julie Holly blogs at Peacequility and this post describes exactly how I felt when I first joined the Redbuds, although she says it much better than I did.

Jamie Rohrbaugh is not only a writer, but also a pianist who recently released a CD and you can listen to samples here.  I love The Weight of Glory, which is number seven.

I am moved by the writing and honesty of Melody Harrison Hanson.  Here’s a line from one of my favorite posts:  “I am learning about boundaries, mostly that I am terrible with them. I do for others until I resent the doing ending up with no time to write or think or pray or sit with the Holy One.”  You really should read her whole post though.

And now (finally!) to the questions!


(This picture wasn’t posed and wasn’t even taken with this post in mind, but I wanted to mention that on the left is a book written by another Redbud, Leslie Leyland Fields.)

What am I working on as a writer?

Consistency and Balance!  I struggle putting ample time into my blog when I’m also doing freelance articles.  I work painstakingly on the articles getting it just right and I’m glad that I do – I usually end up being very pleased with them so it is worth the effort.  However, I don’t have the same attitude with my blog.  I don’t agonize if I can’t get a sentence just right.  I am not sure how to treat my blog writing as seriously as my freelance writing without getting bogged down.  

Also, I am working on taking myself more seriously.  I still haven’t had the courage to call myself a writer aloud (other than to my husband!).  And I feel torn between wanting more time to write and (on frustrating days when I’m tired) just wanting to put my feet up and veg out to Netflix when my son naps.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I am not quite sure how to answer this one, but here’s my attempt: I differ because I write broadly.  I don’t fit into just one category. One day I write about military life, and the next about Christianity.  Then it will be a book review, a recipe, or a post about feminism.  I don’t consider myself a mommy blogger (although I am a mama) or a lifestyle blogger (because I don’t really write about everyday life) or a religion blogger (because I write many posts that don’t contain a religious aspect).

Why do I write what I do?

Often I write to inform or help someone else.  My most popular post is a guide for PCSing, and I’m glad that people have found it helpful.  I’m also considering writing more on my erythromelalgia, not because I’m terribly interested in sharing more about it, but because there isn’t a lot of information available about this syndrome – most doctors haven’t even heard of it!  My few blog posts on the topic have generated a lot of traffic, which means people are looking for help dealing with the pain.  If I can help someone, I want to do it.

Other times I write to understand and to figure myself out.  My thoughts develop as I go through the writing process just as they used to when I journaled.

And, finally, I write to declare.  To be brave.  I write because there are things that I want to say, but I don’t know how to say them aloud.  I’m always afraid that when someone meets me after reading my blog, they’ll be disappointed by the real me.  I’m not particularly eloquent in person…. 

How does my writing process look?

On my phone I keep a list of ideas for blog posts.  That way wherever I am I can hurry and write it down before I forget.  Right now I have about 15-20 ideas on the list, which seems to be pretty standard.
I try to use the weekends to plan the posts for the upcoming week.  In the picture above you can see my calendar hanging behind my computer.  That’s where I keep track of blog posts, guest posts and proposals.  It gives me a good visual of how many times I’ve posted and what type of posts they have been.

Usually I try to have at least two posts written on the weekend so they’re ready to go.  The night before they go up, I review them quickly.  Then I spend Monday and Tuesday working on posts for the last few days of the week.  I should clarify that this is my *goal*.  It doesn’t always happen this way and sometimes (like last week) I end up scrambling to post something at the last minute or publishing something I just wrote.  I prefer to have posts written ahead of time so that they can sit for a few days before I review them and post them.

When I’m writing an article, I start by outlining what I think it will look like and then start filling in.  It usually ends up very different from the original. 🙂  The writing itself is not usually too difficult, but the editing is painstaking.  I review it countless times.  I read it aloud to myself.  I make other people read it for me.  It is a long process that I actually adore.  All my finicking and fussing is rewarded when I am able to find the right word or get the paragraph just-so.  

Tell me about your writing process?  Do you have any tips for me?

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