This morning I opened up my devotional to find this verse:

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.  The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other commandments there may be, are summed up in this one rule:  "Love Your neighbor as yourself."

-Romans 13:8-9 (NIV)

This is very timely for my husband.  We recently sat down review our debt and plan our repayment.  We've been working on this for years, but life changes and family situations have caused our debt load to increase to the point that we needed to revisit our plan.

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Dear Daughter, You're Missing Out | Higdons' Happy Home

Dear Darling Daughter,

You know that I love you dearly and I am so proud of the things you are learning.  You haven't started school yet, but you can already count to 20 and know your colors (except for Orange--that one's tricky).  You're making great progress with your ABCs and you're even learning how to pedal your tricycle!  But I am a little concerned for you.  You see, I'm worried about all the things you're missing out on.

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Let's Talk About Respect | Higdons' Happy Home

Around Valentine's Day we hear a lot said about love.  My husband and I will probably have a special dinner together to celebrate how much we love each other.  Sometimes, when things get busy, we skip the dinner and just exchange gifts to show our love.  I'm sure my husband knows just how much I love him, but it's more important to me that he knows how much I respect him.

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This Parenting Style Has Got to Go! | Higdons' Happy Home

Everyone has their own unique parenting style.  There are Helicopter Parents, Tiger Moms, and Free-Range Families.  However, I'm a little concerned about the newest style of parenting I've noticed.  Let's just call it "Furious Parenting".

You've no doubt witnessed this parent in your social media feeds.  Usually their stories are covered by bloggers using headlines that sound a little something like this:  "Her child was sent home from school.  When she learned why, she was furious!"

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I know there are a lot of strong feelings towards letting children watch TV.  Some people think it's great, some think it's harmless, and some parents think it rots kids' brains.  Personally, I'm not too concerned about my daughter watching TV.  I ultimately have control over what (and how much) she watches and I sit with her so we can talk about what she watched.  I've also noticed that even after I've turned the TV off, there are some benefits to her watching her shows.

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So there I was with a microphone in my hands, practicing music with the Praise Team for Sunday morning service.  All of us were parents, and there was no one available to watch the kids, so we let them loose in the sanctuary and tried to keep our practice brief.  As the kids screamed and chased each other around the empty pews we began to sing Matt Maher's version of "Lord, I Need You".  I don't think those words have ever been truer to me. 

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My life looks nothing like Pinterest--unless you're talking about funny Pinterest Fails, and then maybe it does.  But the polished, simple, diy stuff?  None of those pictures were taken at my house.

I would love to be able to serve my family a meal from a recipe I created, but in reality, I use the smoke detector as an over timer.  I tried making a cute keepsake from my baby's footprints, but my design was sized for handprints so the footprints didn't fit.  And the moms who have secrets on how to potty train a child in just three days?  Well, let's just say I'll be washing a load of nothing but little underwear tonight.

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So you've spent all year collecting things to send to a Christmas Child.  Now what?

Packing party!!!  That's what!!!

We have had two amazing people at our church coordinating our Operation Christmas Child collections this year.  They carried up boxes and boxes of things we had collected, sorted them, and laid them out on tables to make packing easier.

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