How to Reach your goals in 2017!

I LOVE the time between Christmas and New Years!

Everyone starts thinking about the new year about to start and they begin to DREAM again.

Adam and I recorded this video to share some of our goals for 2017 and share some great tools on how you can have the BEST YEAR EVER for yourself and your business in 2017!

Watch how we plan to reach our big goals this year and how you can too:

What I love about a New Year is the chance for a restart… refocus… renewal of our goals!

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. 

How do you set goals you can reach? 

One key to reaching your long term goals is by taking smalls steps each day in the right direction.  read more

7 Ways to Help a New Mom

It is a special time for a new mom following the birth of a child.

So many emotions are going through a new mom’s head: I’m not pregnant any more! This is the cutest baby I’ve ever seen! Will I get my waist back? I’m already exhausted! Will I ever sleep through the night again? Are they breathing? Am I doing this right? They are so tiny! Oww I need a Tylenol… And this is just in the first 5 minutes!

Everyone wants to help a new mom out, but sometimes we forget what they need the most. Moms need to relax and recover for at least 2 weeks following birth. Having a baby is no easy task for a mom’s body to go through. If they push themselves too soon, they could hemorrhage or develop mastitis. read more

Why are you here?

 why are you here?

Why are You Here?

Have you ever laid awake at night and asked yourself “Why am I here?” or “What am I supposed to be doing with my life?”

Have you ever thought about how much you have to offer?

Everyone has different strengths and value to add based on their background and experiences. It is what makes you, “you.”

Sometimes it helps to put the pen to the paper and get organized. By organizing your skills, experiences and knowledge, you can have a better understanding about what you have to offer your work, church and other volunteer roles. read more

How to keep Growing in Life

How to keep growing in life

How to keep growing and to have life among the growing.

Life Among the Growing…. What does that actually mean to me?

This phrase really speaks to me deeply in several ways.

First, I think about how I want to be continually growing into a better person with each day and opportunity I get. If you aren’t moving forward, you are moving backwards. If you aren’t growing, you are dying. 

This is in my personal life as a wife and mom. In my spiritual life, I want to continually study and grow in God’s words. read more

30 Ways to Serve Your Spouse Today

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30 Ways to Serve Your Spouse

Serving your spouse should be one of your top priorities in your marriage. God has entrusted you to be the person to show your spouse love on a daily basis. Serving your spouse doesn’t mean you are a slave or a doormat. Jesus talks about serving each other as a way to show love each other and follow his commands. 

Mark 10:43-45 English Standard Version

43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,[d] 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave[e] of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” read more

You Hold me Now

Sometimes we go through times and there is a song that speaks to your inner core and just helps you put faith back in God and be reminded of his love.

When I was pregnant with Aidalyn, the song was “You Hold me Now” by Hillsong. You can listen to it by clicking here.

I was dealing with lot of emotions surrounded by a normal pregnancy on top of hopes and prayers for a healthy child. This song just spoke to me. God was able to tell me that no matter the outcome, He was holding me and holding my child. He also was able to show me there will be a day of complete healing. read more

Confessions of a Church Hunter

We just moved to Richmond, Va. Along with hunting for a house we had to also “hunt” for a new church. I know that some of you are our friends and know how involved we were at Water’s Edge, our church in Lake Charles.

Water’s Edge was one of the reasons it was very hard to leave Lake Charles. We had been on the launch team and seen it grow from about 25 people to over 1,200 people in under 5 years. It was such a special journey and we met some awesome people along the way. read more

17 hours later in a Santa Fe

I am now in Richmond! This has been a long time coming, but it has finally happened.

I think the talk about moving somewhere outside of Louisiana started when Adam and I were getting married. We needed to stay in Louisiana for my tuition, so we figured we would only live here until I graduated.

Then, I started grad school in Louisiana…

Then we were part of a church plant in Louisiana…

God had his plan for us and it was apparent that we were supposed to stay in Louisiana longer than we had originally thought. read more

Living within your means

Adam and I were married really young (21 & 19 respectively).

I am so thankful we were introduced to Dave Ramsey before we were married. I will credit this to Daryl Wolgemuth teaching one night at the college group. From that point on, Adam and I read Dave Ramsey’s books and listened to his radio show preparing us for when we were going to have to live on a budget.

It is said that before you get married you need to agree on the 4 main pieces: Money, Dealing with In-laws, Children, and Religion. Doing so will save you from a multitude of fights and disagreements later on. read more

WE are the church

As I have mentioned previously, I am a Christ follower. My husband and I are fairly active in our local church. Adam is the small groups director and plays in the band, I support him and organize workers in the coffee shop.

Our church is amazing. Water’s Edge (WE) is a place for hurting people. We launched in September 2007 meeting at a local movie theater. We were blessed to be able to build and start meeting at our new location in Feb 2011. We have grown from about 25 people meeting at a Raising Canes to 1200 and growing. We are currently having 3 separate services because we are unable to fit in our building. This year for Easter we are going to be renting out the arena at the Civic center, just so we can all meet together. read more