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Amber is currently a full-time wife and mom, whose past careers include journalism and bank management. When she isn't neck-deep in room-mom duties or laundry, she can be found in the driver's seat of her minivan chauffeuring her four girls to gymnastics and soccer. Grief warrior, football fanatic, collector of lip gloss, wannabe health nut, humor addict, completer of bucket lists, and drinker of coffee... music is her love language. Her three guinea pigs, two cats, and one dog think she walks on water.
forgiveness is the key to living a bitter-free life

I have a lot of conversations with people in my job as an office administrator for my church. Most of the time, these conversations


Growing up, I had a tendency to act like a spoiled brat whenever I didn’t get my way. Many people have done this, I

When You Go All in on the Life Hand You've Been Dealt

“It’s not about the cards you’ve been dealt, but how you play the hand.” -Randy Pausch Hello. My name is Amber. I love God, my family,

making these 3 changes helped me reclaim my joy

It started with one word: shutdown. At first, it wasn’t really noticeable. I went about my days as best I could, navigating the “new normal,”

Why i stopped deep cleaning my house to start enjoying my kids

There’s an old adage that says, “Cleaning and scrubbing can wait 'til tomorrow, for babies grow up, we’ve learned to our sorrow. So quiet

To the Mom Who Feels Like It Never Ends

“When you’re a parent, you’ll understand.” How many of us heard these words from our mothers on one or more occasions growing up? If you’re

To the Woman Who Cleaned up After My Autistic Son

All my life, I wanted to be a mother. It’s just something I knew, deep down, I was meant to be. I also knew

Why This Girl Mom Thanks God for Unanswered Prayers (For a Boy)

Life has a funny way of working out sometimes. Have you ever heard the song, “Unanswered Prayers,” by Garth Brooks? It’s about a man who

This Is Why We All Need Holiday Traditions

I love Hallmark Christmas movies. It drives my family crazy, but each year on the last weekend of October, my television is tuned to

This Is Why I Love Hallmark Holidays and I’m Not Backing Down

If I had to pick a favorite week of the year, hands down it would be the last week of October. It’s the week

Here’s How to Embrace Growing Older With Grit and Grace 2

When I was working one of my first “real” jobs in my early 20s, my brother invited me to his 21st birthday party. I

What Your Grieving Friend Really Wants You to Know 2019

When I first lost my mom, I had so many well-meaning friends, and relatives offer help, advice, and words of encouragement. The outpouring of

Why You Need to Let Your Teenager Go

My daughter’s middle school recently held a parent meeting for students interested in its biennial trip to Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas. This excited

Keeping a Record of This Can Change Your Life

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more." —Melody Beattie Since my mom’s passing in 2015, I have

3 Marks of a Matriarch Love Understanding and Grace

“Grace, then, is grace—that is to say, it is sovereign, it is free, it is sure, it is unconditional, and it is everlasting.” –


If you are a mother, chances are you’ve had to deal with your fair share of homework battles. Some instances have probably been minor,

Want to Be in Style? Spreading Kindness Is Always Beautiful

“I always say that kindness is the greatest beauty that you can have.” –Actress, Andie MacDowell I will be the first to tell anyone that

You Need to Read This If Your Life Hasn’t Gone as Planned

October is my birthday month, and at nearly (cough) 39, I recently discovered that it’s OK to start over in my professional career. For the past

14 Ways to Save Time and Money on Family Meal Planning

When I first became a stay-at-home mom, my children were younger and fairly easy to please. At the time, I had an infant, a

All the Feels from This First-Time Mom of a Teenager

At the end of July, I will become the mom of a teenager. I am having a difficult time swallowing that thought: mom of

Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD) is an extremely rare autoimmune disease. In fact, it is so rare that no one knows what causes it,

Simple Guidelines for Traveling With Kids and How to Enjoy It

Let’s just get this out in the open: vacationing with children is a daunting affair to think about. There’s planning and packing and food