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Body, mind, and soul (and everything else)


Aging, NaNoWriMo, and little hinges… these are a few of the things that have been on my mind this past month. Thank you for joining me for another edition of body, mind, and soul (and everything else).


Less than a month away from 40

Yes, it’s true… I’m less than a month away from turning 40. As the day gets closer I keep on reciting… “It’s just a number. It’s just a number.” Seriously though, I’m not anxious about my age. I try to look at every year as a blessing – why resent that we’re aging?! It’s a gift… another year of life! We need to be thankful for it.

That being said, 40 needs to be celebrated! I want to do some great stuff this year. I’ll let you know when I come up with my fantastical plans. Any suggestions?!


Okay, I know I already told you about this but I just have to reiterate how MUCH I am loving this Stay-At-Home-Yoga program! I am doing yoga more than I ever have in my life. It’s awesome! Jennifer offers a 30 day free trial, if you like yoga, you really should check it out!

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It’s hard to believe, but I finished NaNoWriMo! What a journey this has been! I pushed the boundaries of imagination and perception in that:

  • I used my imagination to envision scenarios in order to tell this story.
  • My previous perceptions of what I can and can not do were altered with every page that I wrote. I didn’t think I could write fiction… but I did it and it’s done! Woohoo!

I’ll  be taking a break from Where She Wandered but will begin editing in the new year! If you haven’t read the excerpt yet from Where She Wandered, you can do so HERE.

I won NaNoWriMo!


“Big doors swing on little hinges”
I recently heard this quote and I have fallen in love with it. This is life. We are “little” people but we can do big things. Our one prayer can heal a major hurt. Our one action can have a huge impact.

However, as a Christian I like to think that God is the one who swings that big door and I am the little hinge. He uses me to accomplish his will. Sometimes I’m a little squeaky or I may need a good push but ultimately I pray that I can be used by Him and for Him.

"Big doors swing on little hinges." W. Clement Stone

Reading the Bible

I have been reading the Bible every single day for a few years now. Recently I realized that my retention isn’t what I would like it to be. I recognized that I needed a push and a strategy to read and retain what I read. So I started a study by Kay Arthur, entitled Lord, Teach Me to Study the Bible in 28 Days. I’m loving this book and the practical skills it is teaching me to help me read and retain scripture.

I think my biggest take-away point so far is how I often try to “cram in” as much Bible reading as I can. I do this as opposed to reading and dwelling on small bits of scripture. Don’t we often hear the value of quality over quantity? I think this book is teaching me that this same principle applies to my reading of scripture.

Lord, Teach Me To Study The Bible In 28 Days - by Kay Arthur

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Another Bible study?
Yes, I’ve also started another Bible study! I recently purchased the complete Emotionally Healthy Spirituality study by Peter Scazzero. I am LOVING this study and it has revolutionized my walk with God and the way I interact with others.

The premise of the study is that we all come into our Christian walk with humanistic baggage. That baggage and the way we handle it can have a huge impact on our walk with Christ. The book’s tagline expresses its content so well:

“It’s impossible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.”

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero

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Past hurts can create future obstacles in our walk with Christ. This program helps to teach Christians how to properly release those hurts rather than suppress them. Often the suppression of feelings leads to a vicious cycle of hurt, frustration, guilt, and self-condemnation. I have completed one full week of the study and I am loving it! The program that I purchased included: the book, an accompanying work book, a DVD set of mini-sermons, and a devotional entitled Daily Office. Every component has been fabulous but I am completely loving my Daily Office breaks.

Everything Else

Family novel study

If you follow me on social media, then you most likely already know about our homeschooling family novel study of The Tale of Despereaux. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed this process. We’ve been reading The Tale of Despereaux together and have been attending a weekly meeting at the office of our homeschooling association.

The weekly meetings are complete with discussions, activities, and presentations. My daughter even got to learn some steps from a “scripted” sword fight! We are having a blast and I’ll be sad when this session comes to an end. I’m hoping that over Christmas break, I can investigate a new novel study option for us.

The Tale of Despereaux - Family Novel Study Class

A new animated short
My talented hubby has done it again! He created a sweet 30 second animated Christmas video and I just adore the simplicity of it. It you have a moment, please take a look and share your YouTube love!

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Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool and creator of The Deliberate Mom. Jennifer writes about parenting, homeschooling, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.

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