Peek Into Our Week: A visit from my parents, Trim Healthy Mama, swim meets, a parenting lesson I’ve been learning, and GO ROYALS! :)

Has it really been over three weeks since I did a Peek Into Week post?? I always have every intention to do one of these posts each week. And then, well, life happens… :)

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Home Ec class one day: prepping food together for some new friends we had over for dinner! So fun to work together like this! And yes, I’m not sure exactly what kind of hairstyle Kaitlynn is sporting! :)

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I made some Homemade Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies. This has been a family favorite recipe for years. I love that you can make the dough ahead of time and freeze it in balls. Then just pull out a few — or a dozen! — and have fresh baked cookies whenever you’d like!

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We took our kids to the Compassion Experience that was set up here for a few days. Walking through it and seeing the poverty that kids around the world experience reminded us a lot of our time in the Dominican Republic.

We so appreciate the work Compassion is doing around the world to release children from poverty. Our whole family has been blessed by the opportunity to sponsor two girls, correspond with them, and learn more about where they live and the struggles they face.

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So grateful for this energetic, analytic, detail-oriented boy of mine. He keeps me on my toes, keeps us in line (he always has a running mental list of what we need to buy at the grocery store!), and amazes us with his math skills (he taught himself subtraction and skip-counting earlier this year, he just learned three-digit addition and carrying by sitting in on Kaitlynn’s 3rd grade school lessons, and now he’s asking if we can teach him multiplication and division!)

I hope he never outgrows his need for mama snuggles… The highlight of the end of every day for me!

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Guess who flew to TN for my birthday?? Yes, my mom and dad!! They did a bunch of house projects for us — like switching around bedrooms in order to make office space for me in this house — and also babysat our kids so Jesse and I could go on a date.

My mom and I had a date one of the afternoons. We enjoyed yummy salads and heart-to-heart conversations outside on the porch at Frothy Monkey — one of our favorite places in downtown Franklin.

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It was fun to be quoted in the October issue of Southwest Air magazine!

Someone asked me a few days ago, “Where do you see yourself in two years from now?” My response: “God’s plans for my life have been so crazily beyond what I could have ever dreamed that I’m just trusting Him for light for the next step. I’ll take that next step and then trust Him for light for the next.”

Whether today’s “next thing” is cleaning a toilet, doing a national media interview, folding laundry, speaking to a large audience, hanging out with my family, or writing a book… I just want to be faithful and continually seek the Lord’s guidance and direction to do what He calls me to.

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I “Trim Healthy Mama-fied” the Blueberry Crisp from Bread & Wine and it is SO good! Get the recipe here.

I cannot believe how much I love this way of eating… I never thought that sweet-tooth, carb-loving me would survive without sugar and lots of carbs. But I’m not just surviving; I’m thriving — and it’s been five months now, so I think we might be able to officially declare it a lifestyle change??

Laundry Parties

The kids have been taking a lot more initiative around the house recently and are SUCH big helps!

We’ve been having Laundry Parties at night. We have so much fun and get so much done when we all work together. And when Mom’s excited about it, the attitude is usually contagious! :)

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I’m so proud of my girl for punching fear in the face and swimming in her first swim meet! She was so nervous about it, but she went out there, smiled, held her head up high, and swam in three different races.

She inspires me to be brave and courageous even when I feel timid and scared.

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We are loving this new book from Lysa TerKeurst! It’s such a beautiful story with so much depth and meaning. I wanted to just read it over and over as I needed to hear the simple, but profound message.

Are you struggling, overwhelmed, or discouraged right now? Remember this: your Heavenly Father sees, He hears, and He is watching over you… It will be okay.

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Grandma sent new colored pencils and crayons in the mail recently, so this has been a scene we’ve seen a lot at our house. I love that my kids all still enjoy hanging out together and doing simple things like this. It warms my mama heart.

{And lest you think our home is all roses and rainbows, in full disclosure, there was an argument and crying almost as soon as I snapped this serene-looking photo!}

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Coloring is so cathartic, even at age 33! I need to do this more often as my kids were like, “Mom, we love to see you coloring.” :)

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You can take the girl out of Kansas but you can’t take the Kansas out of the girl. :)

I’m so proud of my boys in blue and that they made it to the World Series and are 1-1!!! We loved Wednesday night’s game especially. Halfway through the game, Silas (a DIE HARD Royals fan and Mr. baseball stat encyclopedia) said, “They are on fire in Kansas City tonight!”


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A few days after her first swim meet, Kathrynne had her second swim meet.

Her coach put her in six different events and she was a nervous wreck after the first heat. But she took deep breaths, toweled off, and jumped in and swam again. And again.

By event #3, her whole demeanor had changed and she just totally starting attacking the water with fierce intensity. My heart was just about ready to burst!

I’m loving seeing my kids blossom and overcome fear like this. Also, I love how this is such a family affair and how engaged Jesse is in helping Kathrynne excel (see him giving her a pep talk and walking her through her next event above.)

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Oh me, oh my! I Trim-Healthy-Mamafied a Starbucks Hot Cocoa recipe!!!! And it’s delicious and good for you, too! You better believe I did a happy dance!

Recipe is here, in case you want to join me in drinking this deliciousness!

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This is what’s been stirring in my heart recently and I have a full post coming on it soon. One child in particular has really been going through a tough time and I’ve been frustrated and at my wit’s end over this child.

Last week, God really convicted me to do something to show love to this child every time I was tempted to lash out in frustration. Well, guess what? This week there has been remarkable difference in this child’s demeanor and behavior. Love works!

So that’s what’s been happening around our house. What has been happening at YOUR house? Anything exciting or hard or interesting? Tell us about it in the comments.

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Letting you in on a secret we’ve been keeping…

I hinted around about it last week, but the cat’s officially coming out of the bag tonight. And I couldn’t be more thrilled and excited and, well, a little scared, too. :)

But it’s good to step out of your comfort zone and do things that scare you a tiny bit, right?

So, here’s our big news: my team and I are currently developing a line of organizational and inspirational products!

If all goes as planned, we’ll be launching this product line in-stores nationwide in 2015! It’s a little bit mind-blowing to me at this point how all of this has come together — especially because it’s the realization of a long-time big, crazy dream of mine!

We’re working with an amazing company on this and I cannot wait to tell you more about this company, their commitment to giving back and making a global impact, and the story of how this product line came to be.

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Thank you so very much! And thank you for being on this journey with me and for all of your support over the years. You all bless me each and every day.

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