My Thoughts on Life

How I Work From Home WITHOUT Selling Anything – VIPKID

How I Work From Home WITHOUT Selling Anything – VIPKID

What is VIPKID?
VIPKID is an online company based in Beijing, China. It is an interactive program to teach Chinese kids English. A friend told me about it over a year ago, but I knew I couldn’t add anything else to my schedule at the time.

The company started about 4 years ago and has grown by leaps and bounds ever since. It’s been featured as Number 5 out of the Top 100 Work From Home Jobs in Forbes magazine in January of this year. Bloomberg.com also featured an informative article on VIPKID earlier this month.

Changing Seasons

Changing Seasons

I have so enjoyed experiencing fall in Ohio this year. I’m so glad our God gives us beautiful things. The beautiful array of red, orange and yellow leaves He gives us every year is spectacular! I think he did that for us. He could have just as easily made the leaves change straight to brown and fall off before they rest for the winter, but instead, He gave us a vibrantly colorful display to enjoy. He’s a God of wonderful detail!

Give Handmade This Christmas

Give Handmade This Christmas

I teamed up with 8 Christian moms who make and sell handmade items and I asked them if I could feature their items on my blog. I want to make it easy for YOU to do some Christmas shopping while supporting fellow Christian moms who use their talents and abilities to bless their families and other families.

My Favorite Podcasts

My Favorite Podcasts

In my last post, “10 Ways to Stay Sane Until Bedtime When Your Kids Are Driving You Crazy” I mentioned that I enjoy listening to podcasts throughout the day. Krista commented that’d she’d like a list of my favorites. Ask and ye shall receive! 🙂

As I discover new (to me) podcasts, I’ll update this list.

My Battle With Depression As a Minister’s Wife

My Battle With Depression As a Minister’s Wife

I felt like I knew what I should do. I was doing what I would tell others to do if they came to me and explained they were feeling that way, but it wasn’t working. Or at least I didn’t feel it working. I was making my requests known unto God. I prayed. Even though it was so hard to pray. I figured my depression would eventually go away. I didn’t tell a soul what I was going through. What would people think? I was in ministry. My husband was the youth pastor. We were making plans to move out of state to pastor a church. I couldn’t be depressed. I had to be happy. I had to be the encourager. I had to be the model Christian.

Goodbye, Comfort Zone!

Goodbye, Comfort Zone!

God called our family to this city and obeying Him wasn’t comfortable.

Leaving our church family, my husband leaving his good job right before a hefty raise kicked in, wasn’t comfortable.

Driving 2200 miles with two kids under 2 wasn’t comfortable.

Becoming the pastoral family in a new church where we only knew a couple of people wasn’t comfortable.

Meeting my new neighbors and people around my city wasn’t (and isn’t) comfortable.

That’s OK though because God didn’t call me to be comfortable.

I can’t change the destiny of my city if I stay in my comfort zone.

10 Reasons You Should Buy An Instant Pot

10 Reasons You Should Buy An Instant Pot

I’m not going to be dramatic and say you NEED one. Obviously, you’ve lived (insert age) years without one, just like millions of other people. Humanity thrived, even before Instant Pots.

But I will say that owning an Instant Pot is definitely an advancement in kitchen technology.

To me, an Instant Pot is the smartphone of the kitchen.

Most of us would be able to live a normal life with a flip phone that only made calls, but why settle for a boring flip phone when you can have a smartphone that is capable of doing so much more?

OK, maybe that’s a bad example when a lot of us are trying to be less technologically dependent, but you know what I mean.

An Instant Pot will make your life easier.

Let me share a few reasons how.

What I Want For My 30th Birthday

What I Want For My 30th Birthday

I want to be a better disciple in my 30’s.

I want to be a disciple of disciples.

I want to change more lives.

I want to touch Heaven more.

I want to shine my light brighter everywhere I go.

I want to have a bigger part in populating Heaven.

I want to minister more.

I want to encourage more.

My Open Appendectomy at 36 Weeks Pregnant

My Open Appendectomy at 36 Weeks Pregnant

After hours of blood draws, lots of people painfully pressing on my abdomen, and a horrifying MRI because the CT scan they normally do to check for infected appendixes was too dangerous for the baby, it was finally confirmed.

I had acute appendicitis.

International Women’s Day 2016

International Women’s Day 2016

I’m thankful to be a woman. I’m thankful I was able to carry two children inside of me and birth them without pain medications, one after an induction. September 1, 2014, and July 18, 2016, were two of the most empowering days of my life.