Panel Discussion on Burnout and Fatigue: 3 Women Get Real About Their Struggles, Part 2

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In the first part of this panel discussion, we focused on what led to a situation of burnout and fatigue, how the panelists recognized it, their signs and symptoms and more. This time, I wanted to focus on the hopefulness that exists, even when we find that we’ve come to the end of our rope. Winter does not last forever. Spring is coming. I chose this tulip image because it well describes that simple but strong hope that I have in my own personal season […]

Panel Discussion on Burnout and Fatigue: 3 Women Get Real About Their Struggles

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The response to this month’s honest discussions of burnout, fatigue, depression and general health and wellness has been so tremendous. Thank you all for sharing in such real and vulnerable ways. I’m humbled that you would share so much of yourselves and these very personal experiences. I think that it’s so important that we as women truly share our stories with one another, rather than continuing to pretend that we’re all “just fine”. Fellowship, encouragement, growth and healing happen best when we drop our defences and our perfect […]

Preparing My Heart for Christmas

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It’s been a hard year. As I begin to look back and reflect upon 2010, and anticipate celebrating Christmas this year, my heart is a bit heavy. It feels as though this year has been one of loss, struggle and discouragement. We’ve lost family and friends to cancer, and heard of more diagnoses just recently. Walked through financial difficulty, legal issues and infertility with close friends. Saw the end of a loved one’s marriage. Faced continued health challenges for my husband, and our two youngest […]

Real Food Makeover: The Startup Family

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This week’s makeover is for the Startup Family. Meet Kim, Jim and sons Matthew (16) and Stephen (14). How They Currently Eat: I am so pleased to introduce you to the Startup family, because I admire what they are doing. Mom is aware of just how much their diet needs to change, and I think it is so courageous and admirable of her to sign up to do this Real Food Makeover. Kim, you’re amazing in my books! Their diet includes a lot of starch […]

Hope in the Midst of Trial

It’s been a long, hard day. Today was the second day that my husband has been in the hospital, and at this point, we do not know when he will be coming home. Life since Friday has been a fairly exhausting mix of his illness, much work to be done (my own, as well as helping him with some of his that absolutely could not be avoided), children that are sad/tired/confused and missing their Daddy, a baby that’s not getting enough sleep, and a mama […]

Hope Ink Art Review and Giveaway

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I loved the quote that my friend Sondra shared yesterday, “put something where you can see it so your eye will remind your heart”. One of my next goals in decorating our home is to add more scripture. I want to have the Words of life all over our home, where we will constantly be reminded of God’s eternal truths and brought back to what is most important… living a life that honors and glorifies Him! When Emily of Hope Ink Art asked if I […]