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    True You: Letting Go Is The Way In {Guest Post}

    This post is adapted from True You: Letting Go of Your False Self to Uncover the Person God Created, by Michelle DeRusha, releasing January 1 from Baker Books. As a member of the True You launch team, I received a copy of the book in exchange for a guest blog and an honest review. This post may contain affiliate links. Find True You on Amazon here. The first afternoon I sat on the park bench, I looked at my watch after two minutes and then again after four. The next day I took a cue from Josie, who sat still, ears pricked, nose quivering. I looked at what she looked at; I sniffed, trying to smell…

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    The Minimalist Home

    I received this book courtesy of Waterbrook/Multonoah, all opinions expressed are my own. This post may contain affiliate links. If anyone has heard pieces of our story here and there, you may know that we live in a tiny house. Literally. I’ll share some more about that soon, but basically here is the story: we moved from -1600 square feet to 288 square feet, and nearly a year ago “upgraded” to 350 square feet total by way of an additional bedroom/laundry area for the boys. (All by way of necessity, a solution for a hard problem, not “hey this sounds fun!”) That to say, while we aren’t experts or extreme minimalists…

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    Is Your Mind Growing Flowers or Weeds?

    Have you ever heard the phrase “your mind is like a garden and your thoughts are like the seeds, you can grow flowers, or you can grow weeds”? Well that’s what I think of when I remember wandering through the Carlsbad Flower Fields while we lived in California years ago. It’s a beautiful thing: when you plant a garden, you are believing in the promise of tomorrow. The same concept can be applied to our thought life too: when we allow a thought, whether positive or negative or life giving or what, we are (many times without realizing it) believing it has power to shape us… and we cultivate these…

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    Post-Storm Skies

    Have you ever thought, seriously thought, about the colors of the sunset you see each night? Well, the colors of the sunset result from a phenomenon known as scattering. Essentially, particles in the atmosphere change the direction of light rays, causing them to scatter. Scattering affects the colors of the light coming from the sky – the details of which are determined by the wavelength of the light and the size of the particle. Depending on the position of the sun and how scattering is involved, you get anywhere from a red, orange sunset to a purple pink sunset. Factors such as storms and pollution affect this, also. But oh,…

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    The Reality Behind Crafting The Life You Want

    Last year when I really tried to get back into my blog again, I wrote a post I titled “Crafting the Life We Want,” with this photo I took one slow morning, and added a quote from becoming minimalist. And I seriously loved it- being all into that downsizing, tiny living, simple days on the farm and land kind of life. I’m still all for that- I mean just look at the new title & tagline of the new site that’s soon to come. But still, things look a little different… because, well, life happens. It may not always go as planned, but with intention, life could go better than just one…