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Carey would describe herself and her life with two words: growth and grace. Being a coach’s wife of nearly 13 years, adoptive mom to a wild-at-heart boy and captivating little girl, daughter, friend, and career woman is hard! But with the old saying in mind, “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” she uses each role and season of her life as an opportunity to grow and be used all while remembering that she isn’t perfect and mistakes are inevitable. Carey’s been an English teacher and a stay-at-home mom, but is now in uncharted territory as the development director for a private school. Some days she knocks it out of the park, and other days it’s a swing and a miss. In everything, from her family, friends, and job, she wants to be better today than she was yesterday but welcomes the grace to fail.

Being an English teacher, I always look for the meaning behind the words. A song is not just a song, and a movie isn’t

How to Crush Comparison With a Compliment

Are you tired and overwhelmed? Distracted? Disappointed in yourself? Feeling used and used up? There is a good chance you’re saying “yes” to too

Mom Hacks That Will Make Back to School Easy

Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or working mom, going back to school changes the flow of any routine you got into during the summer. Each

teaching during covid is no joke but we can finish strong

Picture it: a school in 2021. Welcome signs and student artwork are replaced by Covid-19 warning posters. Full faces are replaced by masks revealing

To the Teachers Who Want to Finish 2020 Strong

Picture it: a school in 2020. I dodged students as I sprinted to the bathroom where I had approximately 90 seconds before I had

When You Don’t Love Your Kids’ Dreams

There is something to be said for a kid who knows what they want and won’t let it go. We all remember Ralphie from

how to pray for all those in education right now

There is a popular tagline among teachers these days that reads, “Teaching is my superpower. What’s yours?” We get it printed on coffee cups

How to Give Back When Your Plate Is Full

It’s 8:15 p.m. and you’ve been up for 16 ½ hours. Your day started with coffee, Bible, packing lunches, showers, makeup, actually making yourself

Infertility Is an Interruption, but Not the End TWO

When I was a little girl, I distinctly remember playing with my baby dolls and being their “Momma.” I gave them bottles, rocked them,

I Lost My Mom and Found My True Strength

I’ve heard it said that life is the sum of all the choices you make. I get this, but what about the things we

How to Wait With Grace During the Adoption Process 2 WP

Oh my goodness, it’s with tremendous humility that I write about adoption. To me, there is no greater honor than to have been chosen

10 Ways to Make Memories With Your Kids When You Work Full-Time

What do you remember about your childhood? I don’t cherish the toys I was given or the lavish gifts. I remember and hold on

You Don’t Have to Be Strong All by Yourself

I’ve thought a lot about strength lately. Working full-time, raising three young kids, my husband going through a job change

7 Faith Podcasts That Will Encourage Every Mom

Ever heard the phrase, “It takes a village," about raising kids? Well, with three young ones who are only getting older and more complicated,


Ever wonder if your kids are listening to what you’re trying to teach them? Or if what you’re doing is paying off and if


“Hold your head high when you walk.” “Make sure your skirt and shirt are pulled down.” “Don’t be louder than a boy.” “Cross your legs when you


Several years ago, the school where my husband and I taught asked us to give the Baccalaureate speeches at the graduation festivities. This was

I have to start this off with a confession. I sat down to write this article four different times, but couldn’t put it all

10 ways to make the most of your maternity leave

I just completed my third maternity leave, and I wish I could tell you that I’ve got it all figured out. I feel like

On Christmas morning, everyone has their own traditions. It’s funny because when my husband and I talk about our Christmases as kids, it’s not


Being a #girlmom isn’t easy. Being a #boymom obviously has its challenges and surprises, and you have to be super tough to be a