An Untangled Summer ~ Welcome to Week One

Welcome to An Untangled Summer! I’m so grateful you are here, so many of you from so many different places! I wish so much we could take just a minute to look around and say a collective hello, but as you sit with your coffee on that side, I’ll grab some over here as well…THANK…
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Brand New Study Starting Tuesday!

You know what just hit me? 2015 is officially half-way over. What.in.the.world. Remember when you were a teenager and you absolutely lived for school to start, or homecoming or spring break, and it all just seemed to take FOREVER. I remember my junior year of high school hearing one of my friends say, “there’s not enough…
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We Interrupt This Summer to Bring You…Rest.

Well, vacation has come and gone, our phones are filled up with fabulous pictures, and the house looks like camping just barfed all over it. My fam just got back from a 10-day tour through the Black Hills, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. Over TWO-THOUSAND glorious miles with a camper, four kids, and all the chips and…
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Living It Out at Age 16: Meet Jayla

A teenager girl who goes against the social norm, who knows why she was put on this planet and isn’t afraid to dream crazy big dreams? It is a rare find, but that’s Jayla Elstad. I’m soooo happy to introduce her to you today. I sat down with Jayla and her mom recently and listened…
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BRAVE, Because McDonald's Fries Cannot be the Way We Go

The other day a bunch of us and our kiddos were at McDonald’s (because apparently Chipotle doesn’t have a kids’ play place yet), and my littlest wanted to see if he could exchange out his toy. I wavered between taking him back to the counter to get a new one vs. just saying “you’re fine, go play”. Nice…
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When We Want to Be BRAVE: Why Being In His Presence Matters Most

A question weighed in the room, and it was not settling well among us. Last week I sat with some amazing women in my living room. Women who challenge me to think big, to reach wide and love with intentionality.  We sat together, some on the floor, others on my couch, plates filled with crackers and cheese, chocolate…
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Brave with Hope: Melanie's Story, Day 5 of Unemployment

I sat with my friend, Melanie, as tears brimmed. Sunday’s service had just ended, and her first week of unemployment was about to begin. Messages of being brave have been everywhere for her, but Melanie is a single mom with no job, no current options, and one month away from not being able to pay…
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Brave, Even When Life Makes No Sense

At age 16, how would you have answered this question: “What do you want your life to look like?”  At 16, I would have said that I wanted to go into the business world, get a college degree, get married and have kids by the time I was 25. But life went a little differently…
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One Brave Story, One Year Later

Today marks the one year anniversary of a death for one of my dearest friends. She has walked through a full year. Three hundred and sixty five days of her life being one hundred percent different than what she’d ever dreamed. She’s walked through birthdays, seasons, holidays, feeling every single ounce of the loss that…
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BRAVE: A New Summer Series

It is on. That Summer Shift. And my family has binged on it like we’ve been waiting all our lives. My kids have been out of school for a mere four days and we’ve already had three sleepovers, two picnics, late night movies and sleeping in like it’s breath to our lungs. Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the…
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