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Cultivate What Matters: The 2018 PowerSheets Goal Planner

Posted in Inspiration, Likes & Links, Motherhood
on October 26, 2017

It’s been a happy day around here, friends!  The 2018 PowerSheets Goal Planner is now available in the Cultivate What Matter Shop.  Have you heard of this remarkable goal planner?  Do you need a new, creative way to keep you inspired all year-long?  Well, PowerSheets just might be the answer to all your prayers.  So, pull up a comfy seat, grab your latte, and get ready for the 2018 PowerSheets reveal.  Who’s ready to tackle some goals and live a simpler, purpose-filled life?  Me, me!!

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Ellie’s Story: A Message of Hope & Faith for NICU Families

Posted in Babies, Motherhood
on September 10, 2017

Today I’ve invited my friend, Melissa, to share the incredible story of her baby girl Ellie.  From day one, Ellie has had a special purpose, and her story is beyond incredible. Quite simply, you are about to read a miracle.  

If you or a close friend or family member have ever experienced what it’s like to have a baby in the NICU, then you know how just stressful it can be.  Melissa shares how she and her husband chose faith over fear in the face of death.  This story is raw, emotional, and powerful.  I love these brave mama friends of mine that are willing to share their hearts and advice with you all.

It’s a powerful thing when momma’s work together and encourage one another, isn’t it?  Melissa not only shares her heart-wrenching first days with Ellie, but also some amazing words of encouragement for all NICU moms.

We hope that this post encourages NICU families to continue having faith and hope, even in the midst of dark days.  We pray that  families facing uncertainty feel the same unexplainable peace that Melissa and her family felt.

I’m so excited to share Melissa’s words with you.  Here is Ellie’s Story…

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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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Infertility Story: Our 7 Year Journey

Posted in About Stephanie, Infertility, Inspiration
on May 22, 2017
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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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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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Learning To Embrace Your Story, Even When It Hurts

Posted in Infertility, Inspiration
on March 14, 2017

Going through difficulties in our life is inevitable.  Coping during these deep, dark, life-altering days that change us forever, and learning to embrace our unique story, is the purpose of life, right?  I’ve been through times like that, and had days when I thought I couldn’t go on.  Today, I’d like to encourage you to embrace your story, even when it hurts by acknowledging your emotions; choosing grace over guilt; and walking in faith & hope.

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Living With Purpose: The Art of Finding Your “Why”

Posted in Inspiration
on February 14, 2017

Do you ever wonder what your purpose is?  What you were put on earth to do and be?  I wholeheartedly believe that we all are given special talents and gifts that can be used to help others.  But, what do we do when we are at a loss for how to live with purpose, and focus on our goals and ambitions? Lets explore this together, and take a journey to find our “why”.

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Christmas In Heaven: A Message for Mommy’s of Angels

Posted in Family Traditions, Inspiration
on December 25, 2016
Christmas Baby in Heaven

I’ll never forget that first Christmas after I lost our first baby.  I kept quite busy Christmas Eve baking, and decorating gingerbread houses, and watching Christmas movies with my hubby…much like every Christmas before and since.  But, that year was different.

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