Alongside Book Giveaway

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*** Congratulations Lisa Adams! You are the winner of the Alongside Book Giveaway *** Giveaway now closed I’m not sure if it’s the time of year with the anniversary of Dad’s passing approaching, or experiencing deeper healing in my own faith journey, but this book, Alongside, had me nodding and crying and literally yelling out loud, hands springing up and down in …

Enjoy a listen: YOU Matter

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Bryan and I recently got away to the Central Coast where we spoke part of the time and played the rest. Holla! Friday night families gathered at the church to enjoy dinner together. Then the kids headed off in one direction, and us “old folk” got adult time. We had a blast sharing our hearts surrounding Simply Family, including our struggles …

Parenting at Eye Level

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They start off as babes, and we hold them close, staring for hours at their always-near faces. Those satin cheeks and wondrous eyelashes, those perfectly pink puckered lips. We cradle, rock, and burp them over our shoulders. An arms reach away, they are soaked up and prayed over. Before we know it, they clench blankets and scoot forward. As they …

Stories from the Give Ten Generosity Challenge

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If you were given $10 to creatively spread love and happiness to a friend or stranger, how would you choose to spend it? Pay for the people behind you in line? Surprise the local librarian with flowers? Buy cookie ingredients and bake for the neighbors? Our family was asked to participated in the #GiveTen Generosity Challenge, ECCU (Evangelical Christian Credit …

Unconditionally Loved

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Enjoy the audio version here. 🙂   It was days before last Christmas. A dark season for sure, swarming with the enemy pecking at my identity, questioning my confidence, leading me to believe that stupid “I’m too much” lie. Sitting cross-legged in our reading nook, I got real with my Heavenly Father. Because that’s where I’ve learned the best conversations come. When I …

Please Hold and Hug

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Attitudes over here at the Pogue Cottage have been at an all-time high. Our boys too. (W;ink) It seems everything we ask is too demanding or said in a different tongue because we are met with a wall of non-responsive, heavy-sighing, blank staring, eye-rolling children. “I don’t want to.” “No.” “But… ” eyes look around to blame the nearest item for …

Happy Friday and Giveaway Winner

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High five and hugs all-around, Friends, because woot! the weekend is almost upon us! So close I can almost taste the chocolate croissants our fam is going to devour tomorrow morning. Oh breakfast foods, have I told you lately how much I adore you? Okay, I am loving your comments and thoughts; it’s so fun to interact with you on this growing …

My Shame Resilience Story

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I tapped the red circle to end the call, slid the back door open, doubled over and bawled. Because after hard phone calls it makes sense to ugly cry into the grass. Chalk it up to a therapeutic watering I offered our droughty, California yard. My heart was racing from stingy words. I gave myself permission to cry and then asked myself, Where …

Relationships, Forgiveness & Finding Peace

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Relationships. They aren’t always easy. At some point, specifically with deep, important ones, conflict will occur. And when it does, we have a choice to “peace out” or “push through.” When my dad died, a lot of ugly bubbled to the surface. Anger. Frustration. Resentment. Loneliness. I was confused at why certain people were not showing up in ways I …