Dreaming Big…In Motherhood and Beyond


Note from Kat: This post is from my good friend and monthly contributor, Liz Griffin.

I was sorting through all the end of school papers that had come home with my daughter a few months ago when I got the call. A congressman was coming from DC to his district and he wanted us to brief him on human trafficking in his district. Well, not just us. The FBI was gonna be there too to brief him. Tomorrow. Gulp.

The most urgent thought would probably be, “What am I gonna say in that meeting???” but instead my mind went immediately to “What am I gonna wear???”.

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ITA #49 – How Moms Can Take Personal Retreats (…really) with Erin Odom


For most moms, a trip to the bathroom with a working lock is the only kind of retreat they’ve ever known. I hope to change that today. Erin Odom and I are chatting about how to take a personal retreat (even if you don’t have the time, help, or money) and what to do on a personal retreat to maximize the effectiveness of your time.

Grab your headphones, join us for a chat and keep reading to learn more!

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Renew Your Mind

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(Note from Kat: Today’s post is from regular contributor Jenni Keller.)

I’m a first generation athlete. I grew up in a family that valued health and watched their diets, but athletes, we were not.

After my second pregnancy, I was up about 50 pounds and feeling desperate to reclaim my body and my health. And so my journey began.

I’m not sure at what point I crossed over the line and began to embrace and believe it; but after six years, I finally believe I’m an athlete.

One very important lesson I’ve learned in my pursuit of health and in my life, is that my “norm” is always changing. As I eat more healthy food, healthy food tastes and even sounds better to me. As I push my body to new goals, my endurance, my muscles and my mental toughness continue to evolve.

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Three Places to Find God


Note from Kat: Today’s post is from my friend Christie Elkins.

One of the things that the Lord has been impressing upon me lately is His omnipresence. Summer months can derail a morning routine quicker than you can say “sweet tea” due to the changing schedules of children and spouses in your household. I have found this particularly to be true over the past week or so, when my boys have shared this bizarre virus that is floating around (Seriously, who gets this stuff mid-June?) and has left their mama depleted and in much needed time with God. Yet, there are three places I can count on when I really need to hear His voice. When I feel like I am hitting a brick wall in my quiet time, I can do a simple retreat to clear my mind and hear His voice with increased clarity:

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ITA #48 – How to Have a Wardrobe You Love without Losing Your Money or Your Mind – with Hayley Morgan


If the idea of a simple, beautiful and intentional wardrobe sounds fantastic to you, you’ll love this episode of the podcast with Hayley Morgan.

Hayley wrote a book called The No Brainer Wardrobe and she shares some fantastic tips on how to feel good about what’s in your closet, what you wear and how much you spend on clothes.

She also talks about how to approach fashion as we get older and wear clothes that feel “honest” to us.

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It’s Not About a To-Do List

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Note from Kat: Today’s post is from my friend Patti Brown.

Some days my brain doesn’t want to turn on until 8:00. I get up early, sit on my couch and look at my bible, but the words swim.

I’ll fight it. I’ll brew more tea or make an egg or do something that I hope will get those brain cells firing. But some days it just isn’t gonna happen.

Do you have days like that too? Do you get worried or feel like you’ve failed if you can’t get your bible study done first thing in the morning?

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The $300 Cookie – God sees the value in what we do


Note from Kat: This post is from my good friend and monthly contributor, Liz Griffin.

For nearly five years my husband and I have been in the process of adopting internationally. The whole story could be an entire summer-long series, so I will spare you too many details. The journey has included four different adoption agencies, three different state processes, and three international adoption programs. It’s been kind of insane at times.

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ITA #47 – How To Deal with Unexpected Turns and Help Our Children Follow Their Dreams – with Kate Battistelli

Most of the people I’ve interviewed for this podcast are in thick of parenting, but Kate Battistelli is on the other side of it. Her grown daughter loves God and has a beautiful family of her own.

Kate is the mother of (my daughter’s favorite singer) Francesca Battistelli. You’ll love her encouragement and insight no matter where you are in your parenting journey.

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Is It Worth It?

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As I was running this morning I found myself asking “Is it worth it?” I’m training right now for my next race and I’m attempting to stay on a running schedule. But it’s hot and humid and I’m sacrificing sleep for this run right now. So the question comes to mind “Is this worth it?” This question comes to mind in other areas  of my life besides exercise.

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ITA #46 Jen Murray – Raising Quadruplet Boys and How To Have Summer Fun With Kids

Having one child at a time is hard. Imagine having four at a time. Today’s guest, Jen Murray, doesn’t have to imagine, because she is the mother of quadruplet boys who are now the energetic age of 7. Join us today as she shares her dramatic motherhood story and some tips on how she keeps the boys entertained all summer long.


Listen as Jen Shares:

  • Why she wasn’t able to enjoy many of the typical pregnancy joys
  • What it was like to come home – and recover – with four boys & the team it took to make it happen
  • Why each milestone has made her more confident in God’s provision
  • …and the great eBook she’s written to help you plan simple, memorable outdoor activities for the summer
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