36 on my 36th

Be Inspired July 2, 2015
36 Things about Me | InspiredRD.com

For my 36th birthday, I’m sharing 36 things about me. Here is everything you never wanted to know. 1. For the better part of this past year, I thought I was already 36. So I guess that makes this a bonus year? 2. I love to eat breakfast, but I hate to make breakfast. In the movies, people are always sitting down to a table with a carafe of orange…

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Now what?

Be Inspired June 30, 2015
Hard conversations happen best in community with grace heaped upon the table. Face to face. Story to story. Life to life.

This past week I have felt tethered to my social media feeds. I couldn’t stop myself from reading and reading, side-eyeing, and reading… Opinions were flung, hope was hollered, lines were drawn in the proverbial sand. And now? What? The great (and sometimes horrible) thing about social media is that we can type anything we want, press enter, and reach hundreds, maybe thousands of people in a single moment. Maybe…

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Why I love being out of the baby stage

Be Inspired, Family June 24, 2015
Why I love being out of the baby stage | InspiredRD.com

Certain moments in the lives of my children have turned me into a weepy mess. The last nursing session, the first haircut (he looks so grown up!), the last day of preschool, the first loose tooth (and the first GIGANTIC adult tooth). These are the moments when Jeff and I look at each other, sigh, and say, “Our babies aren’t babies anymore.” But if I’m being completely honest, after the…

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How wide is your circle?

Be Inspired, Faith June 19, 2015
How wide is your circle? | InspiredRD.com

As an introvert, I tend to keep a small circle of friends. This is intentional. I only have so much of myself to give, so the circle stays small. But there is a danger that can creep in when you live only inside a small circle. Sometimes a small view of the world can follow. If I only interact with those closest to me, those in the same stage of…

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Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Be Inspired June 13, 2015
Summer Capsule Wardrobe | InspiredRD.com

If you see me in the next couple of days, I will probably be wearing scrubby clothes because everything else is packed and ready for Montana. Packing has been easier this time around since I know what to expect. I kept my capsule comfortable and neutral with lots of layers because the days can be warm (and sometimes even a little hot), but the nights are cool. Also the baseball…

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Thankfulness Lately

Be Inspired, Thankfulness Lately June 10, 2015
Thankfulness Lately | InspiredRD.com

The house is piled with boxes and the stress of moving is creeping in. So I thought it would be a good time to take a breath, look around, and give thanks for tiny glimpses of heaven. For beauty in the desert, for 40 pounds of crawfish and friends to share it with. For a superhero and her grandpa, and fresh pickings from the garden. For hard work and dreams…

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We’re going back to Montana – Frequently Asked Questions

Be Inspired, Family June 4, 2015
Going back to Montana - Frequently Asked Questions | InspiredRD.com

In ten days or so, our family of four will be packing up and heading back to Montana for three months. Jeff is the pitching coach for the Missoula Osprey, and their season begins on June 18th. As a baseball family, this is considered normal. But as I started getting questions from those around us, I realized this isn’t normal for most families. So I thought I would answer some…

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