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  It’s hard for me to admit this, but I used to be one of the few, the proud, the non-coffee drinkers. You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? One of those people who, when asked if they’d like some coffee, would respond with “ackkkkkkkk, no, gross. I don’t drink that stuff.” I thought coffee tasted like morning breathe or the smell of wet dog.  And then college happened. I’m not talking about all-nighters at the library and late nights watching endless… Continue Reading…

Guest Post: How Having Children Taught Me About God

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How Having Children Taught Me About God by Lina from Having children changed my life. I have 2 children, a 2 year old and a 6 month old. I know. What was I thinking??? Half the time I am in a complete daze with a cheerio that has some how lodged itself down the back of my nursing bra. So, how is it possible that being in this constant state of tiredness could teach me anything other than the… Continue Reading…

10 Ways Becoming a Mom Made me Realize I’m Actually Still a Child

10 Ways Becoming a Mom Realize Child

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My toddler is emotional, indecisive, easily amused, and a lover of snacks. And since becoming a mother, it has come to my attention that my toddler and I might actually be more similar than I expected. Here are… 10 Ways Becoming a Mom Made Me Realize I’m Actually Still a Child. 1. Goldfish. Because, have you tried those things recently? I hadn’t had one since I was about 7 years old, and turns out, I love them just as much… Continue Reading…

To Dads with Daughters

To Dads with Daughters

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  To Dads with Daughters… If you’re anything like my husband, then your first thought when you found out your wife was expecting was, “Oh sweet! Now I’ll have someone to play catch with!” or “Awesome! A new golfing buddy!”  And then you found out you were having a girl. You weren’t disappointed. You just needed a little time to get used to the idea of dolls and dance recitals instead of dump trucks and dinosaurs. But I’m also guessing that shortly after… Continue Reading…

Why I Don’t Listen to My Heart

Why I Don't Listen to My Heart

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It just feels right. That’s what the voice inside my heart kept telling me.  “Just go ahead,” said that sweet, tempting voice.  But suddenly, I realized something. That smooth, sultry, alluring voice – You know, the voice that I thought was coming from my heart and guiding me right where I needed to be?  It wasn’t my heart afterall. It was Satan. Feeding me lies through the dumbest organ in my body. Taking advantage of the moment. Disguising himself as “reason.” Disguising himself… Continue Reading…

Forgiveness Isn’t a Feeling

Forgiveness Isn't a Feeling

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My whole life, I have struggled with the concept of forgiveness. Despite growing up in church, and hearing the concept of forgiveness my entire life, I still tend to struggle to accept that it isn’t a feeling. And since being married for the past two years, this struggle of mine has become more evident. Because as soon as my husband says or does something that hurts my feelings, I get defensive. And then, I make him pay the price. I rub those mistakes in… Continue Reading…

Our Torticollis Journey: Part 2 – Surgery

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Many of you recently read about Our Torticollis Journey during Theodora’s first year. But, in the past two months, a lot has happened, and I wanted to share how our journey has continued. Because as I mentioned before, I have had such a hard time finding others who share our story, and especially the path we recently chose. And that path is surgery to release her SCM muscle.  To pick up where we left off in the first part of the journey, Miss… Continue Reading…


Made By Molly Pink Mocs

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Shortly after having my baby, most of my superficial dreams for my daughter’s designer wardrobe quickly faded. Those dreams were quickly replaced by more realistic desires, like making sure her clothes weren’t completely covered in spit-up before a playdate, making sure she never wore anything that took more than 5 seconds to put on after a diaper change, and making sure I actually dressed her in something other than pajamas at least 3 days a week. However, despite my changing perspective, in my heart… Continue Reading…

Why I love Submitting to My Husband

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Hello! If you stumbled upon my page from Facebook or another website, welcome! You can get to know more about me and what you’ll find on The Resplendent, here. To get you started, check out some of my stuff on motherhood like this letter to my 1-year-old, or dip your toes into a little DIY with this free laundry room art. And if handmade finds are your favorite, check out my Shop Showcase series, featuring a new handmade shop each month (plus there are usually giveaways involved). Before you go,… Continue Reading…

Theodora’s First Birthday

Theodora's First Birthday

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Theodora’s first birthday was a few weeks ago, and of course, I did the obligatory first-time-mom-who-spends-way-too-much-time-preparing-for-the-party thing. I like to call the theme, “Is it Spring yet? Because I Dressed My Child Like it Was.” Or something like that… It was really just a mix of black, white, and pink with a few hints of gold thrown in here and there, just to keep you on your toes. And let’s face it, this post is just an excuse to post photos… Continue Reading…