Why Children Make The Best Teachers

Motherhood can be a funny thing. We spend years putting as much effort into the lives of our kids as possible, hoping to teach them new things and introduce them to the world. Children are wonderfully innocent, and they have the amazing benefit of being able to experience everything for the first time. The world is like a giant coloring book to them — completely blank and ready for the pages to be brought to life. I have always viewed motherhood from the perspective of a teacher. We’re the ones teaching our kids everything, right? Of course, this is true, we do teach kids so much about the world that they take with them as they grow older. But, did you ever stop and think about how much your kids are teaching you? It’s an interesting idea, and something I touched upon in a previous article that I wrote after taking my son to the library. I won’t go through the whole thing here, but the main aim of the piece was to show that kids see things from different perspectives. They approach the world in a different way, and their memories are forged differently. It really got me thinking, […]

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Armed With Truth: Encouragement Through Temporary Tattoos

Outside of people, there are fewer things I love more than words. If the human soul could be fed by way of written expression, my soul would be in full bloom — awake and alive. Recently I was introduced to the company Armed With Truth. It’s not often I find a company that connects so well to the mission of Downs Ups & Teacups. They encourage truth found in scripture through the wearing of temporary tattoos. My body has been carefully imprinted with three real tattoos — all deeply meaningful to me. But if I wore every empowering phrase on my skin, I’d look like a black and white typescript, and the message of each one would become blurred. This is why I love the option of temporary Armed With Truth tattoos. Designers, illustrators, and letterers came together to create the perfect designer tattoos and scripture packs with the messages that Christ wants our hearts to learn. I’m able to place these messages onto my body in a nonpermanent way according to what I need to remind myself at the time. For example, my anxiety has been running rampant lately, and my response is often to distract or disengage. So the relevant […]

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How To Find Affordable Travel Options

**This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.** As most of you know, my family are big travelers! Last year we went on five separate trips to six different locations. We spent time in the mountains of Colorado, dipped our toes into the sandy, Bahama beaches, and spent time visiting great friends scattered across the U.S. The year before, my family hadn’t traveled due to welcoming two new additions to our family in a single year. I longed for an adventure, but the timing wasn’t right. We decided to make up for the 2015 Year of Isolation by planning a Year of Adventure for 2016. Traveling makes us slow down, be present, and experience diversity. If we never let ourselves explore, we get stuck in the mundane patterns and routines. I love to promote growth and learning in my family — both of which happen while traveling. Many people have asked how we make adventuring a priority while sticking to our frugal budget, and one of our favorite answers is Groupon Coupons. When we are planning a family vacation, we typically choose a long weekend so not as much time off is required. We then reach for our Family […]

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A Summer Adventure with Schoola

I often write about exploration. This weekend, the hubby, kids, and I loaded ourselves into the car to explore our city and all it has to offer! We began at the farmers market to get our hands on some locally grown, vibrantly colored produce. We did snag a donut or two as well and decided to walk them off on the trail that runs behind the market. Along our walk, my husband and I stood back and watched how our children took in the people around them and made their own entertainment climbing up statues and running through the gardens. They were uninhibited and free enjoying the present moment of a beautiful day. My husband enjoyed photographing the memories we were making embracing the areas of our city that so often go unappreciated. Later that afternoon, we had a guest join us! A friend of mine who I met when I studied abroad in Australia came to visit Indianapolis while she was on a road trip across the United States. We were so happy to be able to share our city with her as well! She is someone who is always up for an adventure and makes the simple moments […]

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Power of Light

Darkness can only be scattered by light. Hatred can only be scattered by love. –Pope John Paul II So much darkness has wrecked havoc in our world. My community in Indianapolis lost Amanda Blackburn, who was killed in her home along with her unborn baby leaving behind her husband and son. Paris experienced an act of terror in recent days.  And, when tragedy strikes, it seems to open our eyes to all the additional chaos and hate that fills the world. Wars and injustices in Africa, the worldwide orphan crisis, terminal sickness, and the list goes on. It’s. just. too. much. I wrote a post recently about the first step in my discovery of hope. You can read the post here. But this week, I have been reminded that this world is not our home. If you are a Christian, you can agree that we know this. We have been taught this from day one. But can I be honest? My whole focus as a Christian growing up was more along the lines of right and wrong. It wasn’t so much what other people were doing, but it was more about whether I was doing the right thing. I didn’t think much […]

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