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#029 – Ask Me Anything

You asked some questions.

Today I’ll give some answers.

Tons of answers actually…

Even if you don’t listen all the way through the podcast (which I hope you do), be sure and check out the extensive list of links at the bottom of this post.

Lots of goodies down there.

But first…

(drumroll please)


Here is this weeks’s #MilesforMercy report.



I was sick this week and wasn’t able to get in my normal amount of miles during the week.

But somethin’ is better than nothin’ right?

And every dollar raised for the Mercy House in Kenya will help.  I’m sure of it.




If you haven’t read about The Mercy Marathon, please do.  



Back to today’s Q&A podcast…



Today I’m joined by a special co-host, Wynter Pitts.  She […]

Faith & Friends Friday – Remember

Penned this on my daughter’s wedding day as I watched her prepare to begin a new life with the man she loves…


Almost a year ago…

on a Friday morning…

I called her.

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She was in a hospital bed and was about to have surgery to remove her other leg.

I cried for her.

I cried for me.

I cried because I hated that she had to experience such physical challenges.

I cried because I wasn’t there to hold her hand.

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And I told her, “I’m sorry I’m not there.”

She told me, “You don’t worry about that. I’m always with you. You carry me with you on the inside.”

And it’s true.

I’ve had my whole life to watch her.

Watch her love Jesus

Watch her love her husband.

Watch her love her family.

Watch her love her community.

I watched her […]

By |September 26th, 2014|Faith, Family, Fun|20 Comments

Super Simple Chicken Pot Pie

This one is definitely a family favorite! It takes 10-15 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes of baking time.

I’ve included some pictures of the prep below.

We usually serve it with salad. I figure since it’s not a LOWFAT recipe at least I can wash it down with some ruffage.

Let me also say that as a family we are trying to eat less of stuff like this (hydrogenated fat in the crusts, and extra fat in the pasta sauce), but I’m not perfect and every now and then I need a “SAVE ME” dinner.

Hope someone enjoys this! When you try it, come back and let me know!


Chicken Pot Pie

About two chicken breasts

1 15-oz jar of Alfredo Sauce.

(Classico Roasted Garlic Alfredo)

1/2 cup frozen peas and carrots.

Salt & pepper to taste

1 tsp Thyme

1 package Pillsbury pie […]

By |September 24th, 2014|Food & Fitness|5 Comments

#028 – People Portraits – Elizabeth Foss (Part II)

Today is a continuation of my conversation/podcast with my friend, Elizabeth Foss.

Did you miss yesterday’s podcast?  If so, you can listen to it HERE!

Because we’ve never had the chance to chat on the phone for any length of time, Elizabeth and I did a good job of it this time!  We had to break our chat together into two parts.

Yesterday I had the privilege  of introducing Elizabeth to you.

Today, we get to “ham-it-up” a bit and chat about practical tips for the heart and home.

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Now… I mean… we do ham it up a bit… for real.

Ya’ll know I believe in providing information that is useful to others.

I figured if it helped me to text Elizabeth on and off about a few real-life matters, it was worth it to talk about it with you too!

You have been warned.

Oh! And don’t forget! […]

By |September 23rd, 2014|Fun, Podcast|1 Comment

#027 – People Portraits – Elizabeth Foss (Part I)

How was your weekend?

Mine was wonderful.

My daughter got married.

It’s official. I’m a mother-in-law (or mother-in-love as I prefer to say).

Don’t be surprised over the next days, weeks, and months if I use that as some kind of illustration.

It’s simply unbelievable that my baby girl is a married woman.

It’s simply unbelievable that I’m old enough for any of this!

Cause actually I’m not.

I still have five year olds running around in my house.

And so does my friend Elizabeth Foss.

Today, I’d love to introduce you to my new friend.

We were introduced this summer by a mutual friend and have been texting to get to know each other ever since.

Sallys Intensive

She has nine children.  I have five.  Who has time to talk on the phone! But, I’ll let her tell you how we met.

Because we’ve never had the chance to chat on the […]

By |September 22nd, 2014|Fun, Podcast|1 Comment

Human Anatomy for Five Year Olds

The other day I told my boys that it was time for “quiet time”.

This is the time in our house where the sole purpose is for everyone to leave me alone.

No seriously.

Even though I tell them it’s for more than that.

I tell them that they need time to rest… which is true.

I tell them that they need time alone… which is true.

I tell them they need to time to think, time to reflect, and time to pray if they feel so led… all true.

But really… quiet time is in place so that this mother has a few minutes to collect herself and prepare for the evening shift.

If I don’t get quiet time… everybody knows it.

So last week I told my boys (the three of my five children still at home) to prepare for quiet time.

In our home quiet-time can mean you are  1)  Flat on your back (F.O.B.) in your […]

By |September 18th, 2014|Family, Fun|11 Comments

#026 – Making a Meal Plan

My Monday is a bit of a mess.

There is a podcast and I’ll get to that in just a minute.

Oh! And there are some FREEBIES, but I’ll get to that in a minute too.

But my blog post today is going to be a bit of miscellany because miscellany is exactly what is happening in my head right now!

So forgive me in advance for being a little all over the place.

First of all…

(drumroll please)

I’m so excited to share my first #MilesforMercy report.

The Mercy Marathon

Every Monday, in addition to a new podcast, I will let you know how many miles I’ve run the week before and therefore how many dollars I’ll be donating to the Mercy House.

On August 10th, I decided that from that run forward, every run up to and including my December marathon would count for something more than me.

Since I would be running so many miles, […]

Faith & Friends Friday – Hope

My marathon training plan required me to run 12 miles this weekend.  I normally try to run on Saturday or Sunday mornings but because this weekend I’m traveling, I reached out to my local running club to see if anyone was willing to run 12 miles with me on a Friday morning.  There were two ladies who were willing to join me.

But last night, one of them messaged me to say that the weather report showed a high chance of thunderstorms during the time we would be running.

I run slow.

12 miles is a long time to be getting rained on.

And who wants to run in the rain?

To be honest, I really wanted to throw my hands up in the air and say, “O.K. girls! Nevermind.  Looks like this Friday is not gonna be a good day for a long run. Stay home and enjoy the extra sleep.” But I had […]

By |September 12th, 2014|Faith, Fun|17 Comments

The Mercy Marathon – Part IV

This was supposed to be a blog post.

One blog post.

But I wanted you to know the whole story. I wanted you to know how it is that I decided to run for me AND run for others.

So that “one blog post” has grown into a mini-series.

But I wanted you to know.

The Mercy Marathon

I wanted you to know how I met Linnette on an early morning run and how she planted the seed in my mind to run for the benefit others.

I wanted you to know about a bit more about my story – the reasons I’ve been running, and how I was encouraged by strangers to “steal my life back” during my races.

I wanted you to know.

And now I want you to know about Mercy House.

There’s a story behind that too.

I’ve been thinking for months now […]

By |September 10th, 2014|Faith, Food & Fitness|6 Comments

#025 – Figuring Out Forgiveness

Have you ever been so angry with someone…

that you bristle when you hear their name?

Is there a person that has disappointed you so terribly that even thinking about the thought of him or her leads to tears welling up in your eyes?

Or maybe you’ve been so hurt that forgiving another person seems like an impossible thing to do.

The reality is that the idea of forgiveness is simple…

but the act of forgiving may not be as easy.

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Most of us would acknowledge that should we should forgive but there are many that struggle with exactly how to do it.

Because forgiveness is a matter of the heart, the emotions of hurt, anger, disappointment, and pain can sometimes obscure the importance of extending mercy and grace. However, forgiveness is worth figuring out. It releases both the giver and […]

By |September 8th, 2014|Family, Podcast|3 Comments