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Before I had my son, I did so much (possibly unnecessary) research into what I needed to have at home for my newborn baby. I watched youtube videos, read blogs, talked to other moms…you name it, I did it. I was convinced that there was this magical list out there somewhere that would be perfect for my baby! After spending almost 3 months with my baby boy so far, I now know that there is no one-size-fits-all list that works for every newborn baby. Duh, right? However, I have discovered some specific items that we have LOVED that I think work great for just about any and every baby. These are things that I either discovered while pregnant and am so glad that I did, or they are things that we found a good amount of need for after his birth. This post won’t have exactly, every single thing that your child may need, but will be a list of all the things I found to ACTUALLY be necessary. Babies don’t actually need much, and I found a lot of the lists that I read to either have too many items or not enough. My hope is that this post […]

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If you’ve spent any time looking around this blog or at photos on my instagram, you’ve probably seen a picture of a brightly highlighted bible page with writing in the margins. I love bible journaling! I’ve never been one to paint in my bible or decorate it with stickers or beautiful calligraphy, however, I really do enjoy sitting down for a decent chunk of time, going through a chapter line by line, color-coding my highlighting, and writing my thoughts down in the margins. Doing this forces me to slow down and really take the time to understand what it is that I’m reading.   It can also become such a ritual that I don’t feel as though I’m doing a “good enough job” being a christian if I don’t mark my bible up enough or spend enough time pouring over the text.   Since giving birth to my son Kit, the thought of spending 30 minutes to an hour deeply studying the word feels so daunting. For a few weeks after his birth, I didn’t open my bible at all because it seemed like too big of a task.   So, I stopped bible journaling.   For now.   Right […]

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Hey there! I’ve survived my first month of motherhood! Ha! Seriously though, I don’t think I was prepared for how hard this first little bit of being a mom would be. I had heard from plenty of people that it is the greatest and hardest thing to ever happen to them, but I don’t think you can truly appreciate how true that is until you’re in the thick of it.   The newborn stage is filled with so many cuddly moments, little baby stretches (absolutely the cutest thing on the planet!), and tons of firsts. It’s amazing! However, with how much changes so quickly, I figured I would put together my list of how to “survive” (and enjoy) the newborn stage without getting majorly overwhelmed by all the newness of it all.   take a shower daily This is a total duh, right? Before having Kit, I would hear mothers talk about how it was really hard for them to find time for even a shower…and I get it. BUT, this one thing will make you feel like yourself again within seconds. Whatever you have to do to make it happen! Trust me, do it! Most days, I make it […]

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This post has been a long time coming! The Becoming His Crown blog is basically a collection of all the things I’m not so great at but getting better at. Welcome to my list of things I struggle with. Ha! Fellowship is one of the subjects that I have really had a hard time with over the past year. If you’re in the same boat, keep reading!   What is fellowship?   Fellowship is defined as “friendly association, especially with people who share one’s interests.” Some synonyms are companionship and friendship. In my own words, I would describe fellowship as a close friendship and connection between people who share the same views and goals.   Sounds easy enough right?   When we look at the definition and think of fellowship in black and white terms, it seems as though it should come second nature to us. I think most of us would agree that we enjoy spending time with those that feel the same way as us when it comes to certain issues. Why is fellowship and friendship with other believers so hard, then? Why does it seem that rejection, insecurity, and shame are brought to the spotlight the moment […]

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The New Year season is usually marked by resolutions, goals, and plans…and I’m all for it! I love a good plan, and I’m probably about as Type A as they come on a lot of things.   This year is a little different for me, though. Maybe it’s the fact that being pregnant doesn’t leave too much time to think about a weight loss resolution, or maybe it’s just that this year has made me think about things a little differently. Whatever the case, I’ve been thinking about some things during this holiday season that have led me to why I believe none of my resolutions ended up successful in past years.   It’s probably not what you came to this post to find.   But it’s my prayer that this is just what you needed to read.    Related Post:  5 Tips for a Better Week…(That You Can Learn from Your Dogs)   None of my resolutions ever worked because I was constantly focused on how much I would be able to accomplish in the year ahead. I have always been one to fill my list to the brim with plans and to-dos. In fact, I’m the girl (and […]

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I am a pretty horrible wife naturally. It’s true! If it were all left up to me, I would do whatever I want whenever I want for as long as I want. I have a naturally selfish personality when it comes to my relationship with my husband. This affects things from where we go out to eat dinner to the frequency and style for our intimacy. It’s actually been that way all my life with my past significant others, but only since getting married have I actually really noticed.   Thankfully, the Lord designed me with a deep desire for personal development which has (thank God!) leaked into my relationship with my husband. I slip into my bad habits from time to time, but God always quietly nudges me back towards learning and growing in my marriage.   I’m sharing this because I think you might be the same way. Maybe you’re not struggling with the same things as me, but your marriage isn’t where you want it to be. We’ve all been there! Anyone who tells you that marriage is a cakewalk is lying. It’s the most beautiful blessing, but it’s also really hard work! If we are striving […]

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Hey, lovelies! I know it’s been a while since I’ve put a new blog post out there, but things have STILL been super crazy around here. Learning my new job has taken a lot more time than I thought it would + I’ve probably never had a job in which so much is mentally required of me. I tend to be a bit more on the introverted/reserved side, and my job requires constant communication with new people. I’m grateful for the challenge and the ability to help people, but man does it wear me out!   Enough about that, though, let’s talk about the real reason you’re here! If you’ve ever felt that nervous pit in your stomach over the thought of doing something new, meeting someone new, starting a different job, creating a product, etc…I’ve got a super quick truth bomb for you.   One of the things that has been weighing on my mind the most since starting my new job is “What if I’m not any good at this?”. A lot, if not most, of the days that I walk in to work, I’ve got an underlining nervous fear feeling that I just can’t shake. Every single […]

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As we are nearing Easter, there is always one part of the crucifixion story that brings me to tears…every time. I am always in complete awe of God’s unfailing love for us when I reflect on this part of history. I just finished my bible reading for today (I’ll admit, I’m a little behind in our study of Luke), and I felt called to write about these verses.   Luke 23:45 – “And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.” Matthew 27:51 – “And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.” Mark 15:38 – “And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.”   The curtain of the temple was torn in two. Reading about the entire life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is something that fills me with a lot of emotion, but these three verses touch my heart in such a deep way every time that I read them, hear about them, or sing them in a song.   “What’s the big deal? It’s just a ripped curtain, right?”   It’s a huge deal. The curtain was in place in the temple in order to […]

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