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Transformation Tuesday

I have started writing this blog post several times. I will get a few sentences out only to delete it all to start over. I simply don't have the proper words to express how good God is and how in awe I am of Him. 

Alex and I have already shared on social media that our family will soon be moving to South Carolina. The announcement was met with a mix of surprise, elation, and a bit of sadness as well. 

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Grace-Filled Parenting for the Legalist Child

Parenting is something that has been heavy on my mind since before I ever felt the first symptoms of pregnancy. I think I had a healthy fear of parenting. I knew the importance of bringing a child into the world and I wanted to do it right. 

Of course, there really is no absolute right way to be a parent. Kids are all different. Some are shy and quiet, others are loud and rambunctious. Some kids are naturally obedient people-pleasers and others are born with a curious rebellious streak. As a parent you have to be willing to adjust your sails. Even with kids within the same family you might have to make certain changes and accommodations to your parenting style. 

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living an easy life is not the goal

I used to think making my life easier would make me happier. And in a sense, an easy life does make one happy. I'm all about "less is more." I don't like clutter, be it physical clutter or mental clutter. I do my best to minimize distractions and "stuff" in my life. 

For a while, after I became a mom, I was overwhelmed. I didn't know how to handle it all, so I began to make changes in my life to make it easier. Changes like moving back home to Miami, buying a house down the street from my husband's work, cutting down on responsibilities. I wanted to deal only with the bare minimum. I also made it my goal to make sure my kids had an easy life. Everything revolved around their schedules and moods. 

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my kinder grad

Liam graduated kindergarten last week. I know every mom thinks her child is special, but Liam really is! ;-) He's truly a smart boy who learns quickly.  This year he excelled academically. It was rare that he didn't bring home straight A's on all of his assignments. He earned the golden reading award and the conduct award. He has also developed interests in art, Lego building, and video games (Minecraft forever). Below is a letter I wrote to him in celebration of this milestone. I am proud of my boy. He works hard and always does his best. 

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marriage advice for single people

I don't usually like giving marriage advice. I know that each marriage is unique and deeply personal. What works for one couple may not work for another. I don't like to judge how a husband and wife have chosen to live out their marriage. There is, however, one piece of marriage advice that I believe is crucial. And it's for the single people. 

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Four Years with Isabel

My baby girl turned four years old yesterday. I suppose that means she's not a baby anymore. I don't often get sad about birthdays, but this one had me feeling sentimental. 

Isabel is the daughter I didn't know I needed. She really brings a lot of joy and sunshine to my life, and for that, I am grateful. She's the kind of little girl who is mostly happy (she has her sassy moments) and goes with the flow. She makes parenting feel easy. She gets testy at times but is easily corrected. She also gets excited about small things and will throw her arms around you and exclaim, "thank you!" 

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