Usually, vacation days are planned far in advance. But this week, I had to take an emergency day off. I'm not sure if it was a busier work season, the fact that we have foster puppies right now, or it was in the air, but I felt like I was going to crash and burn if I didn't take a moment to rest. As school wraps up, summer begins, and our schedules are fuller than…

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Mother's Day can be a surprisingly difficult holiday. While most of the world gushes about the day with flowers and cards, others are hiding the pain of infertility, mourning a loss, or wrestling through a strained relationship. For me, it's a reminder that I'm not exactly where I'd like to be in life right now. While I was never in a rush to have kids, the plan was to start the conversation as we approached…

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You can always count on kids to be honest! We asked kids of all ages: "What's something your mom always does?" and, "What do you love most about your mom?" Their answers are the perfect Mother's Day present for any parent:

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There are times in life where you realize that you've been a hypocrite. I've written blogs before about struggling with insecurities when it comes to my body.  I've published podcasts featuring experts that preach body positivity.  But still, I struggle. Recently, I had to face the always-daunting task of shopping for jeans. I knew I needed to go up a size and had finally come to terms with it when a saleswoman sent me into…

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If you're struggling today, you're not in this alone. Depression and anxiety hit so many people, regardless of your faith, and it can be hard to know what to do when it comes. Mandisa is no stranger to that concept and has been so open and honest in sharing her story of how God helped pull her out of a season of deep depression. She joined the Holy Mess Podcast to talk all things mental…

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Aaaaah, vacation. That magical time when you get to unplug and enjoy your family and some well-deserved time off. Except....if you're like me, maybe you're not the best at actually taking time off. I have a vacation coming up, and if I were honest in my "out-of-office" reply, this is how it would sound: View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Bekah Eaker (@bekaheaker) Hey, I am not thankful for your email, but…

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