1 Degree Matters

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in Blog | 34 comments

  Have you ever noticed when the temperature outside goes up one degree? I don’t, yet the thermometer shows it has. It isn’t until the temperature changes by five or ten degrees that I begin to feel it. I notice the cumulative effects of a bunch of degrees, but the individual degrees themselves, go unnoticed.   “Your eyes [God] saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.”  ~Psalm 139:16 ESV On February 2, 2012, I will have been alive...

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Finding God alongside a dead cactus

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Blog, Military & Moving | 10 comments

  Friends~ have you heard about Emily Wierenga’s newest book, Atlas Girl, yet? I grabbed a copy of it and I cannot wait to begin reading. This post is part of the Atlas Girl Blog Tour which I am delighted to be a part of along with hundreds of inspiring bloggers. To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE!   Like Emily, I found myself disillusioned with life. I then discovered God alongside a dead cactus…     I tried to stifle the tears as I watched my parents drive off. What had I done? I graduated from college and secured...

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What I’ve learned since 1994

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Blog | 6 comments

  Ok y’all… my 20th high school reunion is this weekend. So I am in a mega “reflective” mood today, pondering some humorous and solemn things I’ve learned since 1994. If I could travel back in time (in a DeLorean of course) to the morning of my graduation, I would share the following revelations with 18 year old me:     1. You will be enthralled with rectangular devices. 20 years from now you will own rectangular devices named “laptop,” “cellphone,” and “iPad.” You will do most of your “work” and “reading” on these devices. You...

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Pockets: the reality of our trip to Hawaii

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Blog, Motherhood | 8 comments

  Aloha friends! We recently returned from our vacation in Hawaii. We took our children, ages 5 and 3, with us. I posted pictures on Facebook of us smiling on the beach, but there is another side of the trip that needs to be told…     I do not usually give “advice” on this blog- but if I may offer some based on what happened, it would be this:   An experience is still worth it even if the pockets of joy or fun within it feel short lived. Reject expectations of “perfection” and embrace...

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So that others may live: Memorial Day reflections

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Blog, Military & Moving | 0 comments

    I could feel the lump in my throat. The silence was deafening. The American flag looked stunning as it waved against the cloudless sky. A lone trumpet began to play. My husband’s shaky hand grabbed my own hand that was filled with crumpled tissues. As I turned to look him, I saw tears streaming down his cheeks. I did not want them to touch his flight suit, so I quickly wiped them away. I noticed the silver wings placed across his upper left chest and over his heart. To the world they are symbols of his heroism and dedication to...

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Replacing a yes with no: thoughts on Paleo and cleansing

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

  Before reading this post, please note the following: I am not a doctor. I have no formal education, training, or degree in anything related to medicine, fitness, or nutrition. What follows is not a sales pitch or a prescription for what you should go and do. I do not know what physical shape you are in or if your doctor would want you to make the same choices I’ve made recently. This is only what happened to me.    ______________    My children are 5 and 3 years old. Preschoolers can be challenging little people. I feel...

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Easter: A folded sheet

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Blog | 24 comments

    One of my favorite household duties is folding and putting away our clean laundry. I also love to fold linen napkins and place them in their appropriate spot around our dinner table. Hundreds of bows were folded and secured to the backs of our wedding reception chairs. Order. Detail. Accomplished. Easter. Something new about the Resurrection of Jesus caught my attention this year. I am not the only one who folds linen. Order. Detail. Accomplished. Jesus.     Jesus is not dead- He is alive. The only thing found in the...

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Delighting over our significant image

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Blog, Motherhood, Video blogs | 4 comments

  I posted the following comments on the One Degree Facebook page yesterday and they touched many of you. For those who missed it, I pray the following makes you smile~   I was in the kitchen fixing lunch when I heard my little girl start to squeal and giggle. I found her on top of the bathroom counter, delighting over her image in the mirror.     Friends, what emotion do you feel as you look at your own face and body in the mirror? I will be honest, there are days I do not delight in my face or my body. I evaluate what I see...

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66 in 1 Series: Just an empty cup

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in 66 in 1 series, Blog | 0 comments

  I am attempting to read through all 66 books of the Bible this year. Whenever I am challenged or encouraged by a particular word, verse, or passage, I will share it with you. Welcome to my “66 in 1″ series. Today’s post is a jem from my archives. When I came across this particular passage in the Gospel of John, I immediately thought of this post~ enjoy!     The King: “What are you doin’, kid?” Lightning McQueen: “I think the King should finish his last race.” The King:...

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Whose opinion counts?

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Blog | 8 comments

  On March 7th, I traveled to Austin and spent the weekend with a precious group of moms and tweens.     I witnessed moms and daughters set aside their imperfections to worship God, who IS Perfection, together. I heard that a mother and daughter chose to read their Bible during free time, together. Marshmallows melted. Pipe cleaner crowns were paraded around and admired. A grandmother was roped into a harness and flown high above our heads.     I saw the way these almost-teens looked at their mamas as they played and...

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66 in 1 series: Is it a chute or a ladder?

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in 66 in 1 series | 4 comments

  I am attempting to read through all 66 books of the Bible this year. Whenever I am challenged or encouraged by a particular word, verse, or passage, I will share it with you. Welcome to my “66 in 1″ series…       Ok y’all- I played Chutes and Ladders with my darling 3 year old. I have no idea what I was thinking. The outside of the box said the game was for ages 3+ ???!!! So I totally thought this would be a good activity for us to engage in. It wasn’t. Katie would spin the spinner and move...

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