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What are your hobbies?
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When I ask this question, the response I get from most moms like myself is that they don't really have any hobbies, or they don't have time for hobbies, or they don't do anything for fun outside the roles they play as wife, mom, or employer/employee. Honestly, I don't have much time either and any extra time I do have should/could be used to do something around the house. BUT I know that I will go mad if I don't give myself a pause from the rhythm of work to rest. And I'm generally NOT a content person to be around if I have poured out so much to empty and running on that hamster wheel. So while it's not much, I like to take moments in the day to read when I can. Sometimes it's just a few pages, but it refreshes me to continue to work.
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And obviously I don't take pics of myself reading (I'm not sure how people get so many photos of themselves that are not selfies...I don't have any) so here's one of me with a book I helped launch last year-ish and another on a rare lazy Saturday (those are no longer) when I was reading with E.
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Do you enjoy hobbies with your family, friends, or alone?


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We had the best week! 🙌🏽
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Like not a little bit of fun, but a LOT of fun. From country drives to early morning noise of the ten kids scattered about the house. Every bit of it was full of pure enjoyment and I loved it. 🥳
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Even us adults got a night out and now we all have an escape room addiction. It’s been a long time since any of us had a date night, not to mention one with all four of us. We couldn’t have planned a better night or a better week. It will long talked about and hard to beat, for sure. 🤩
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Savoring family time this week and not too mad about it. We miss y’all already! Come back soon! 😉
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#everythingsbiggerintexas #texasadventures #ortellefamilyvacation


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Hope is all you need! There’s always Hope!


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Too late last night I ran to the grocery store with my 13 year old. Somewhere between the carrots and cucumbers I complained, “It’s freezing in here!” My flimsy sweatshirt wasn’t holding up.
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Without hesitation the kid took off his coat and said, “Here mom, take my coat.” Focused on my grocery list I brushed him off, “No, I’m fine.” .
And then I stopped short. “Wait, what?” When did you become a gentlemen? When did you start giving of yourself without hesitation? When did you learn to put someone else’s needs above your own? Who are you right now?
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I wore his coat around that store, proudly.
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Mamas, we are hard on ourselves. The hardest. We know every unkind and sharp word we speak. We know our patience runs thin more often than we like, we’re distracted and half the time we barely know what we’re doing.
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But our small efforts add up. Every prayer counts. These kids grow up and start to blow your mind and lend their coat. They become compassionate and mature in fits and spurts and it’s wild and beautiful. Keep doing the faithful works of small things. And don’t become so worried about raising good kids that you forget to notice, you already have some. ❤️


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Visiting santa with their lists ready 🎅 talk about #sundayfunday

Mamas do your kids have their list ready?


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“To see the world in a grain of sand🍃
A heaven in a wildflower🌻
To hold forever in the palm of your hand💫
An eternity in an hour”


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Proud mama moment today! Seeing Gavin worship the Lord in big church today! My heart ❤️ bursts watching God work in his life. He loves the Lord with all his heart and is not ashamed to share his love with everyone. I learn a lot from him and am so privileged that God entrusted us with Gavin and gave us the gift of being his parents. We love you @gavinjarrett1894 @guitarlife102 Keep letting your light shine for Jesus. #raisingarrows #letyourlightshine #worship


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Happy Sunday, loved ones!
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God doesn’t leave us where we are at. He redeems us, and in that is so much beauty🌷
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Diffusing this morning:
<3 drops of each>
Christmas Spirit
Cinnamon Bark
Orange








#jesusandoils #naturallife #oilylife #naturalmomma #healthylifestyle #journeytowellness #intentionalliving #cultivatingmotherhood #crunchymama #dailyroutine #momlife #healthy #healthylife #sahm #sahmlife #firefighterwife #momboss #firefamily #allforjesus #walkingwithjesus #growth #community #Godfirst #marriage #biblicalparenting #raisingarrows #loveGod #loveothers #psalms #redemption


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Started our Sunday off right gathering at church and listening to a great sermon. Now that we’re back home, time for snuggling and hot chocolate!


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Grateful for our days like this.


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Back in early middle school, I got stretch marks all along my hips, bum, & inner thighs just from hitting a few major growth spurts in a row.
I was EXTREMELY self-conscious about them back then. I remember a friend asking what they were once & I hurriedly told her they were scratches from climbing trees (something I did & still do quite often).... 😅🙈🤦‍♀️😂 So when it came to pregnancy, I knew no matter how much coconut oil or lotion I rubbed on myself, genetics would likely dictate that I would get them again—this time on my belly.

I’ll admit it. I was afraid. I really didn’t want my tummy permanently scarred. I knew weight gain was one thing, but weight is something you can change & something I knew I’d eventually l, gradually lose by eating well & exercising regularly...but stretchmarks...
Man, those things are stronger than Sharpie.
I still remember when the first one showed up. I walked past the mirror at 34weeks pregnant & noticed a lightly purple stripe below my belly button. & in the following weeks, more striped friends joined the party.
I had mixed feelings about them. And sometimes I still do. I was even surprised to find that a few more show up as you LOSE weight.
But honestly, most often now, I’ve grown to be really proud of them. Every now & then, I still catch myself envying those amazing women who grew humans, but whose skin wouldn’t immediately tell you that story.
But this is just how my body responds to growth & stretching.
It don’t hide nothin’.
It’s kind of like my personality, really. What I’m feeling, you’ll likely see written all over my face.
And I’ve grown & am growing to be okay with that. I’m sure I’ll go through the process all over again with more babies, but for now, I’m grateful for Jesus pruning vanity off me bit by bit.
Help me not to care so much what I look like, Lord. Help me make my number one priority looking more like YOU than what the world says is “in.” Even if that means I’m scoffed at, persecuted, or mocked.
You are more than worth it.


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God's Word is true
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God's Word is pure
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God's Word is eternal
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A prayer I pray regularly over my children: That they would know God's Word is true and that they would develop a deep love for Him and His Word. .
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Ruby's Bible: @legacyoflove_creations [link with a discount in my profile]
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Ruby's mini New Testament: a gift from @bontefugatt 💗
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#rubysbible #raisingarrows #illustratedfaith #legacyoflove #legacyoflovecreations #documentedfaith #biblejournaling #bibleart #faithart #lettering #scripturelettering #letterforthelord #faithandlettering #shereadstruth #ilovegodsword #prayersformydaughter


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Poor sick kid now can’t breathe. Trying to control it at hope & praying we don’t end up at women’s and children’s again. This kid has had it rough, but he’s such a trooper!! #fixitjesus #raisingarrows


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Last week was so hard because I was following a more restrictive meal plan which I’m not a fan of. However these little egg cups made things easier to get my protein and veggies in the morning!⠀

Throw your favourite veggies and cheese into muffin tins and cover with scrambled egg. Bake until set and enjoy!


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They made a whole couch full of people like this! This seems to be a common activity in my house. 😂 #raisingarrows #kidswillbekids #largefamilylife


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This rainbow boy was due yesterday. How lucky are we that we got to have him over two full weeks already. ❤️ he’s always milk drunk, calm, sweet and snuggly. He’s up 2 lbs 💪🏼🐮 and is starting to really focus on faces and make sweet baby sounds. Arrow Joseph you are so loved. Our house is chaos and I don’t have it together at ALL. But I am so freaking grateful for this addition to our family!! #rainbowbaby #raisingarrows @jasondayofficial


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Oh my heart. ❤️ I’m so blessed. #myzooonsunday #myzooonsunday2018


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Why am I up early, lacing up my shoes & putting on my sports bra...? ♥To set a good example for my children (**because I want them to remember that fitness is about loving your body and not hating it.) ♥ To stay healthy & fit to be around for the next generation (**because fitness is the best way to guarantee health will be on your side.) ♥To show my kids that fitness can be fun (**they even love to join in and workout right alongside me! And I love to encourage that!) ♥To create memories of us being active together (**Spending time being active is SO much better than video games, Netflix or iPads. And happy health parents make happy healthy children.👊 Why do you want to be healthy?
Comment below! 👇👇 #family #leadbyexample #mywhy #fitnessfamily #fitlife #raisingarrows #healthybodyimage


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Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalm 100:1,4
The sunrise is just peaking over the trees and our home is still quiet this Sunday morning. I'm sitting on the sofa with a warm cozy blanket remembering all that I have to be thankful for. God has blessed me so much. A cozy home, a hardworking, husband, healthy babies, sustained energy, restful sleep, the freedom to homeschool, godly grandparents for my children. The list could go on and on.
#thankfulheart #givethanks #gratefulness #lovingjesus #joyfulnoise #blessed #raisingarrows


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Getting ready by the fire to do chores in the snow. Sometimes I forget that he’s only eight. And then he makes this face or tells a “joke” and I’m reminded. Reminded and oh so thankful for the years I still have him close.
#farmkids #homeschooled #chalkboardwall #jotulstoves #carhartt #406 #winter #boymom #growingfast #oldsoul #raisingarrows #boys


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Blue sky?
It's been awhile
California flames
Don't play games
Homes ablaze
Air is a haze
Heroes firefight
Day and night
Inferno to contain
Strength to regain
Acts of bravery to report
Community of support
Prayers prayed
A new path laid
Heartbroken
But hopeful


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Thanksgiving was the only holiday we celebrated growing up so that made it even more special for us. Some years there would be a bonfire the night before and lots of cousins. Sometimes it was just us. Always there was football. The morning after it was cold pumpkin pie for breakfast. Still my favorite. No matter where any of us were in our lives we made it to Thanksgiving. In 2006 I delivered our last babe in September and we didn't want to drive the 9 hours from Colorado to Arizona with a newborn so we stayed home. It was a decision that forever changed my life. One day a lovely couple knocked on our door and invited us to a community Thanksgiving dinner at their Church. Not knowing anyone we still decided to go (totally not like us!) It was there that I met a woman who would be instrumental in my spiritual walk. She had a baby just weeks older than mine. Another son the same age as my oldest. After a few visits together she invited me to Church. She told me about AWANA and homeschooling and it was because of her that we started attending Church regularly for the first time. She remains such an encouragement to me. When I think of Thanksgiving I think of how God used that meal to draw me in and make me His. And I think of the sister in Christ that He gave me💛 If you haven't joined @happyhymnody this month please go to the youtube channel and listen to April as she sings it for us. Such a beautiful voice! My oldest penned the words of the hymn over a watercolor painted by his brother. Priceless work of art for me💛


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These are many of the verses that you all said were one of your favorites💞
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Thank you for sharing these as they have encouraged and impacted my heart. Thank you all for your love, support, encouragement, and so so so many messages to overwhelm my heart♥️ So much has been revealed to me these last couple days and I’ll try to do a live explaining in depth what has been happening in my heart and in our home. But right now, I’m breathing and trusting Jesus.... for this moment that I’m promised.
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You are all loved, so very much.
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This picture was taken on the morning of our wedding. Nerves and some fears racing, my heart began to pound and I asked if we all could stop and pray. I invited the Lord into that space of panic, fear, excitement, and love. Right after, loved ones all gathered around me and lifted me up in prayer. Moments I’ll treasure forever♥️






#jesusandoils #intentionalliving #cultivatingmotherhood #crunchymama #momlife #healthylife #sahm #sahmlife #firefighterwife #firefamily #allforjesus #walkingwithjesus #growth #community #Godfirst #marriage #biblicalparenting #raisingarrows #loveGod #loveothers #realtalk #honest #vulnerability #honesty #openheart #past


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Blessed beyond all measure. No words will ever do how grateful feel justice. All I can say is that when we started this journey we knew God would have to provide. We heard the call and jumped in, trusting that God would lead us. I saw Gods hand clearly today through all the people who supported us.
Thank you @nikaofitness for putting on a wonderful fundraiser. Thank you to all the people apart of my gym who support us daily. Thank you to @buckystephens and @jes_driver for organizing this event. We truly could not have done it without you. Thank you to @crossfitembrace for your continued support, and for being a part of our fundraiser from afar. Thank you to all my out of town friends and family who drove to show us love. Thank you to our anonymous donor, who matched what we raised today. Thank you to everyone! Thank you will never be enough!! #HeWillMakeAWay #RaisingArrows #Isaiah43:19


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Today we celebrated this wonderful little boy, and this mamma’s heart couldn’t be filled with more gratitude for all those who came and poured out their love on him.
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Happy Birthday sweet Allen!
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And THANK YOU Aunt @megwachob @mwmurals for capturing the memories tonight in these pictures!


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These 3 crazy, fun little monkeys will probably never comprehend just how much they’re loved. #boymom #raisingarrows #momlife #loved #blessed #fullheart #footiepjs


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He turned 9 months on the 12th...He has officially lived as many days OUT of my womb as he did IN.
For some reason this feels mournfully monumental to my Mama heart. & I cried the other day telling Mark that I realized as soon as Z starts walking consistently (which feels just a month or two away) we will never get our crazy, wiggly-crawling little puppy-baby Z back. That stage of his life will be gone forever. Just.like.that.
And though I know there are pros and cons to every stage....I really love this stage & I am having a hard time imagining letting go of it.
I love you thoroughly, Zadok Eleazar. As you were, as you are, & as you will be.


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