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Decisive Under Thirty and Decluttered Over Fifty – Two Guys Who Have it Down

Y'all know I love millennials. This whole group is very interesting, highly educated, and they're quite decisive. In all this obervation of millennials while enjoying their company, I've noticed a couple of things that they just don't get about their parents' generation.   One:  Why is it so hard for us to fall in love with sushi? Two:  Why do we keep so much stuff?  Millennials are decisive about sushi, and they're decisive about their stuff.  In other words, neither stays around for very long. It's not that they don't

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#9 and #10 – Two Things that Really Matter to God

If you have been following along with me and my granddaughter on our quest to memorize 66 Bible verses together, you may either be glad that you're doing it with us - or, whew, really thankful you didn't try to take this one on for yourself! It's definitely a big and lofty goal. Kynzie and I are coming right along, and we've already memorized a verse from one-third of the Old Testament books! Yet, the value of this commitment isn't in how we've started, or even how far we've already come. The real reward will come when we

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How We Threw a Fabulous Austin Wedding on a Three Month Timeline and The Love Story Behind it All

As I write this post, it's been exactly one year to the day since our middle child married the man of her dreams ... and list. No longer in the technically newlywed category, they've made it through their first year! As our daughter and her husband (that still sounds crazy when I hear myself say it!) came to Austin this weekend to celebrate, the four of us reminisced about the fabulous wedding we all enjoyed just 365 days ago. We only had three months to plan it - but we pulled it off without a single hitch. Here's what

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Verse #8 – Where You Go, I Will Go – Ruth 1:16

Where you go, I will go. Where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people, and your God, my God. - Ruth 1:16

For some reason, Kynzie and I have an easier time memorizing some of the verses from the 66 we're memorizing this year more than others. This is one of those that's been easier to memorize. Maybe that's because the words flow together in a more familiar way? Perhaps it's as simple as the "you" and "I" concept? Either way, we haven't needed any prompts or hand motions or musicality to memorize

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The Pioneer Woman Mercantile – 5 Things to Know Before You Go

I just love to be inspired. I've always been intrigued with real-life stories of real-life people who've taken on really big challenges and turned them into a really large circle of influence. Especially women.  (photo credit Food Network) My mom was active for years in a group of ladies who planned fabulous luncheons, just for women, once a month. They took place at the nicest hotels in town, or in the dining room of a local country club. Every month, women from all walks of life put on a name tag and became part of inspired

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Verse #7: Judges 21:25 – In those days, Israel had no king

In those days, Israel had no king.  Everyone did as he saw fit.  - Judges 21:25 

The book of Judges spans a period of over 325 years, in which the people of God experienced periods of oppression and deliverance at the hand of good leaders and bad. Under the leadership of the fearless and devoted Joshua, the people had entered into the land of milk and honey.  The promised land.  Now, after Joshua's death, they are leader-less, left without a man or a plan. So, the Israelites asked of the Most High God:

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Austin’s Chocolate – Delysia Chocolatier

All you need is love.  But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.  – Charles M. Schulz Everyone who really knows me know this about me.  I’m a teensy bit insecure about gift-giving.  Any time I’m called upon to give a gift, be it birthday or baby, I tend to over-analyze and over-think. How many times have I analyzed until I’m paralyzed?  Too many to count!  However, occasionally, I do find something that, because I’m so excited about it, I wouldn’t have to think two seconds about

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Verse #6: Joshua 1:8 (How to Be Prosperous and Successful)

Do you remember what was your favorite game to play on the blacktop at recess? Mine was follow the leader. I thought it was all kinds of fun to see where the leader would take us.  Would we all follow in a straight line, circling the perimeter of the playground, or would we weave in and out of obstacles at a breakneck pace, challenging ourselves to keep up with the group? None of that concerned me.  The whole reason I played the game was so I could gain the leader's nod of approval at the end - for following directions and

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Verse #5 – Deuteronomy 6:5: Love the Lord Your God

Verse #5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. - Deuteronomy 6:5 One of the incredible things about the Bible is this. We could read it a hundred times from just as many vantage points and never wear it out. Some of it is difficult to understand (God's ways are higher than ours), but some of it is clear. So very clear. Take Verse #5 of our 2017 memory verse challenge, for instance.  Read this one from any angle, and the instructions are still clear as a bell.  The whole

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