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Coping With Miscarriage & Loss: The Story Of Our Angel Baby

Posted in Babies, Infertility, Inspiration, Motherhood
on October 15, 2017

Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.  It is a day where moms all across the globe unite to honor our babies that have gone too soon.  We light a candle and remember the babies who are in Heaven, and pray for their families back here on earth.

I’d love to share with you the story of our angel baby.  Miscarriage and loss is never easy to talk about.  But, I am here to scream it from the rooftops, that you are not alone on this journey, dear friend.

Here is the story of our sweet angel who I can’t wait to meet one day, and how we learned to cope with loss.

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5 Things I Learned About Marriage From Chip & Joanna Gaines

Posted in Family Traditions, Home {Our Nest}, Home Decor, Inspiration, Motherhood
on September 28, 2017

Binge watching ‘Fixer Upper’ on Saturday mornings has become a new favorite in our home.  Even my husband watches the show with me!!  He and I both get a kick out of Chip’s shenanigans, and I’m practically drooling by the end of each show looking at Jo’s beautiful designs.

Chip and Jo Jo are definitely #marriagegoals, aren’t they?  I love how they can be goofy with each other, yet parent their children gracefully and run an enormous business together flawlessly.

I think Joanna and I would be quick friends, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’ve day dreamed of sitting on their farmhouse porch, sipping sweat tea with her, devouring some cupcakes, and talking about everything home and family.  And, in this elaborate day-dream, I see Chip and Adam wrangling the cattle out in the pasture…Adam getting his inner cowboy on.  Those 2 goofballs would be knee-deep in mud, while Joanna and I shared stories around her kitchen island with subway tile and greenery in the background.

I guess I’ve thought about this more than I realized!  Ha!

This adorable family has graced our television so often, that they feel like close friends. So, it’s no surprise that when I heard this week that this upcoming season of Fixer Upper will be their last, I was sad.  Actually, ‘sad’ is an understatement.

But, if there’s anything that we have learned from Chip & Jo, it would be that family comes first.  Not even a popular HGTV show will cause them to compromise their family values.  And, I don’t know about you, but for me it just causes me to love them more.

So, today I’d love to share with you 5 Things I Learned About Marriage from this amazing, God-fearing couple.  What a powerful testimony our marriage can be…

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Cultivating An Intentional Life: When Your Mess Becomes Your Ministry

Posted in Coffee Break Series, Inspiration
on July 26, 2017

Have you ever looked at your life and thought about what your ministry could be?  What special gifts and talents do you have that could help others grow and be encouraged?  Are you afraid to let your mess become your ministry?

One night as I was out picking up dinner for us, I reflected back on my day and was just simply thankful.  My mind was whirling with blogging ideas {as it is most of the time}; the changing colors of the sunset were beautiful; and I just felt joy.

I relished in that moment, because there were some pretty dark days in my life when I wondered if I would every laugh again or feel thankfulness or joy.  But, sharing my story through blogging has given me some purpose in that pain, and helped me heal.

Here’s the story of how God turned my mess into my ministry, & how He can do that for you too….

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Cultivating What Really Matters: How to Grow An Intentional Life

Posted in Inspiration
on June 27, 2017

Cultivating means “to prepare, break up, raise or grow, acquire or develop…to pay attention”. Typically, cultivating refers to growing crops, tilling the soil, and watching good things grow.  In Lara Casey’s  newest book, she encourages us to Cultivate an Intentional Life with grace and a whole lot of faith.  She discusses how tending to our heart, mind, and soul are similar to tilling soil, and that in the dark and messy places of our journey is often where beautiful things grow.

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A Letter To My Husband This Father’s Day

Posted in Family Traditions, Infertility, Inspiration
on June 18, 2017
How to honor hopeful daddies this Father's Day who are also going through infertility.....

To my husband on this Father’s Day, all I can say is, “thank you”.  Thank you for loving me despite my faults, & being patient as we wait for our miracle. To my husband & all the husbands out there who are courageously standing by their wives as they battle infertility….Happy Father’s Day to you.  ‘Daddies In Waiting’ are just as important and special as ‘Mommies In Waiting’.  Here’s my salute to you…

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Infertility Story: Our 7 Year Journey

Posted in About Stephanie, Infertility, Inspiration
on May 22, 2017
naturally & beat infertility...

Today I’d love to share with you our infertility journey.  This journey is still ongoing, as we are still waiting for our “little blessings”.  Although, our journey has been a long one (7+ years), we have learned so many amazing lessons along the way.

If you are in the process of “trying” to have a baby, or are knee-deep in fertility treatments, we understand what you’re going through.  The process can be intrusive, unromantic, & extremely stressful.

Here’s our infertility journey including all the personal details that I know you’d be interested in (wink wink!), plus 7 Ways To Get Pregnant Naturally including some of my favorite fertility products.  So, here goes…

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Life Lately: The March for Babies at Kensington Metropark

Posted in Family Traditions, Inspiration, Life Lately
on May 20, 2017

Every year, we do the March of Dimes March for Babies.  My youngest niece, Brianna, was born 6 weeks early.  She is a happy healthy NICU graduate, which we are extremely thankful for.  However, every year we meet families who were not able to take their babies home.

It is an emotional day that allows us to pay tribute to that scary time in our lives & be thankful once again that Bri is a feisty, smart 4th grader….

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Coffee Break Series: 5 Things I Wish I Would’ve Known Before Becoming A Nurse

Posted in Coffee Break Series, Inspiration
on May 9, 2017
5 Things I Wish I would've known before I became a nurse....

As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a nurse.

I had an aunt who was a nurse, and she would share the most amazing, cooky stories with me.  She was such an interesting person, and I loved being around her.  I knew I wanted to grow up and be a nurse just like her.

I muddled my way through college, eventually making it into a nursing school program. Nursing School was probably the most stressful time in my life.  Between exams, clinicals, care plans, and so on I felt like I barely had time to breathe, let alone eat or sleep.

I remember leaving the campus for one last time after my final exam, and just crying all the way to my car.  The relief was immeasurable.  I couldn’t believe I’d finished nursing school.

I thought the hardest part of my nursing career was behind me.  And, boy was I wrong.

In honor of Nurses Week, and to all the many wonderful nurses I’ve had the privilege to work alongside, I’m sure you will agree with me that being a nurse is a calling.  It is a work of heart, that is not to be taken lightly.

Here are 5 Things I Wish I Would’ve Known Before Becoming A Nurse….

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A Message To Mommy’s At Heart This Mother’s Day

Posted in Family Traditions, Infertility, Inspiration
on April 21, 2017

Mother’s Day is a beautiful time of year.  It’s a time when we come together to honor the ladies in our life that made us into the people we are today.  It’s a wonderful time of celebration and thankfulness.

However, for some women, this time can be filled with feelings of failure and grief as we are reminded of the very thing that we lack but so desperately desire….to be a mother.

Today I’d like to speak to you Mommy’s At Heart for a minute.  I’d like to encourage those of you today that long to be a mother so bad you feel it in your very core.

Here’s what I’d like to share with you today….

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A Seasonal Guide to Cozy Living: The Danish Tradition of Hygge

Posted in About Stephanie, Family Traditions, Inspiration
on March 22, 2017
A Seasonal Guide to Living a Cozy, Purposeful Life

Hygge (actually pronouced “Hoo-gah”) is a Danish concept that has completely changed my day-to-day living.  Traditionally, Hygge is described as a way of embracing a cozy life during the cold winter months.  But, today I’d like to share with you a seasonal guide, that will help you “live Hygge” all year-long…

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