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October 04, 2016

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Female Heroes of Color: Arielle Estoria

  Our #femaleheroesofcolor week continues with Arielle Estoria ! Arielle is a wildly gifted Spoken Word Artist, Author, Speaker, and Blogger. The heartbeat behind her work is a diligent pursuit of instilling and reminding ​people​ of their worth through words. She is faithfully and diligently using her gifts to pursue God's kingdom & in our... Read More
September 22, 2016

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How To Make Kindness More Than ‘Random Acts’

Random acts of kindness. Hearing that phrase has always kind of annoyed me. It might be because, as a teacher, I used to hear my kids say the word random all the time, without really understanding what it means or using it correctly. “Oh, that’s so random” they would say about a sandwich someone was eating at the lunch table. Kids, I love you,... Read More
September 16, 2016

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3 Things Her Report Card Doesn't Tell You

Rooney isn’t old enough to come home with a report card just yet, but I’ve been dealing with report cards for most of my life. Whether they were tucked inside official-looking envelopes addressed to my mom and dad, the paperless competition with other girls I was tracking in my head, or the legal-size paper I passed across the table to my stud... Read More
September 08, 2016

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4 Easy Steps To Help Your Belle Diffuse Drama

She just started school a week ago, and already your little belle is coming home with world-ending drama. Girl friendships change like the tide: you’re “in” one minute, then “out” the next. The bummer is that these relationships between girls are at best unpredictable and at worst destructive, drawing the sand right out from under her feet. I r... Read More
August 17, 2016

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3 Ways to Teach Grace to Your Kids

We've all seen it. The individual who gets shamed by cyber bullies because they've made a mistake. Maybe it was a big mistake. Maybe it was a small oversight. Whatever the fault, our culture seems to have given us the green light to teach these people a lesson. Nowadays, it feels normal to leave our disdain all over the comments section, and f... Read More
August 11, 2016

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Craft Your Own Beauty Statements

“Beautiful” is a carefully wielded word in our house. Not that it’s never used, but we try to refrain from using it just because Rooney’s wearing a colorful dress or fancy shoes. We try to point out things that she does that are beautiful. Sharing? That’s beautiful, Rooney. Kind words? That’s beautiful, Rooney. A hug for a sad friend? That’s be... Read More
June 20, 2016

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I Quit!

If I’m being honest, I have to say that I didn’t spend a lot of my time early in life thinking about or caring about what God had planned for me.  I was distracted and selfish and driven to do only what I wanted to do. I didn’t have a real relationship with God, so I never asked Him what He wanted for me, what He had dreamed up before I was bor... Read More