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Terrible at First

April 23, 2013 — 3 Comments


Something amazing happened on Sunday night.

The closest to a smile I saw.

The closest to a smile I saw.

Lylah actually tolerated her bath.

But it was after a few minutes of earth-shattering screams. Let me be clear: Lylah wasn’t just shedding a few tears, sniveling, and occasionally letting her anxiety get the best of her by raising her voice.

We might as well have dropped Lylah in a bath of acid. Continue Reading…

This is a guest post from my wife, Sara, about an awesome book that just came out recently.

About a year ago my husband Austin said, “Hey you should check out this lady’s blog. You’d really like reading it.” I added to my Feedler app and read the most recent posts. Immediately I was hooked.

Our advance copies!

Our advance copies!

Carrie writes openly about her desire for a couple’s first marriage to be their only marriage. She knows that using tools like Christian faith and sound money management will help couples achieve this goal. Carrie is like me 15 years from now. She is awesome.

Carrie’s posts are a regular encouragement to me. Some of her advice catches me off guard, like her encouragement to save water by always showering with my spouse and her encouragement to always sleep naked. All of her advice spurs me on to be the best wife I can be as Austin and I pursue our own marriage adventure. Continue Reading…


April 2, 2013 — 1 Comment


I’ve had this stack of cardboard boxes on my back porch for months. Every time I see it, it bothers me, and I say, “I’ll deal with that later this week.”

Half of this pile is still here.

Half of this pile is still here. Notice the Christmas decorations still out.

I finally dealt with that stack today… Well, sort of. I got rid of maybe half of it. Continue Reading…

Keep Knocking

February 15, 2013 — 1 Comment

I asked Austin to guest-post on his blog again and he readily agreed. He leaves tomorrow on a mission trip to Guatemala. Please pray for the team from FPC as they serve God in Central America.


Knock Knock Knock. Penny! Knock, Knock Knock. Penny!

Knock Knock Knock. Penny! Knock, Knock Knock. Penny!

About two weeks ago Austin and I started praying about something. We were both hoping that God would speak to us in a clear way. Honestly, we were both hoping that God would speak to us in a clear way within a few days of our praying. No time to waste, right? After praying for about a week, I asked Austin if he felt any sort of answer. He didn’t. He asked me if I felt any sort of answer. I didn’t. Continue Reading…

The Power of This Moment

February 5, 2013 — 3 Comments


As I mentioned earlier, Andy Traub gave me the book, The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield.

I'm giving away a free copy of this on Friday.

I’m giving away a free copy of this on Friday. (Yes, I know my house is a mess in the background…)

This book is so packed full of gems that I could wrote a month’s worth of blog posts based on each one. Here’s a particularly poignant line from early on:

Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny. This second, we can turn the tables on Resistance.

This second, we can sit down and do our work. Continue Reading…