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New Year, New Blog

Funny that I’m using the term “New Year” when it’s already mid-March.  My last post was in October of 2013, so yes, life has been busy!

But I am sooo ready to get back into the blogging world.  I hope my readers (and some new ones) are ready to jump back on the journey with me!

A quick recap of 2013 – I started out the year with my goal of being “TRUTHFUL” (click on link to read my post on this). 2013 has taken me on an unbelievable journey. First, it was a journey of trying to be more truthful in my interactions with people close to me (instead of always trying to please them). Then in the second half of the year, life took some unexpected turns and the word “truthful” took on a different meaning. I came to a place where I had to face some “truths” about myself. This was very hard and humbling. It’s actually a process that’s still going on, and when I’m ready, I will be sure to blog all about it. Then towards end of the year, God brought me to a place of true WORSHIP. He reminded me that being TRUTHFUL – being TRUE to myself – was really about fulfilling the ultimate purpose for my life…which is to be a WORSHIPER of God. I was created to WORSHIP. This is my true identity. This is where I can be the most truthful – to myself, to God, and to others.

I know it’s pretty vague – but I had to write that for myself as a quick summary of 2013. Again, I will write more on all this later.

This brings me to 2014. For the past few years, I have sought God to give me a word that sort of describes my goal/mission for the year. This year, it couldn’t fit into a single word. My phrase this year is “In His Presence.” This year, perhaps more than ever, I need His presence. I need it constantly. I need it every minute of every hour. I NEED Him. I want to be more intentional about staying in His presence…being in sweet communion with Him constantly. It’s so necessary yet so hard to do, especially as a mother of three!

Blogging really helps me to be in His presence…because most of the time when I blog, I’m reflecting on something He has taught me in the past or is currently teaching me. I am reminded of His goodness and His faithfulness as I reflect on my life experiences.

Some changes…

In addition to a new blog design (a BIG thanks to my friend from Blue Yonder Design), I want to make some changes to my blog. I felt like I was all over the place with this blog. I want to concentrate on specific topics at a time (maybe write 2-3 posts in a row on a particular topic), instead of picking a topic randomly and moving on to something else on the next post.

Here are some topic series that I have in mind….

  • How to choose the right kind of spouse
  • Practical tips on raising a strong-willed child
  • Practical tips on helping your children develop loving sibling relationships
  • How to effectively communicate with your spouse

In a nutshell, I want to make my blog more focused and practical.

Here is my new ABOUT page.

I hope you’ll subscribe to the blog and join me on the journey for 2014 and beyond!

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10 Years

Last month was the 10th anniversary of my big move from California to Florida. My new life in Florida began on August 21, 2003. This made me think of who I was 10 years ago…and who I am now. ME 10 years ago: -Young (Boy, was I young! 23 years old. I had no clue… Continue Reading

7th Anniversary Part 2

Here is what my husband and I had to say about our 7 years of marriage together. We hope our children will enjoy watching this in the future. Part 2 of 2. To view in HD, click on this link: http://vimeo.com/69466198 To view Part 1, click on this link: http://vimeo.com/69013514 7th Anniversary Part 2 from… Continue Reading

7th Anniversary

Here is what my husband and I had to say about our 7 years of marriage together. We hope our children will enjoy watching this in the future. To view in HD, click on this link: https://vimeo.com/69013514   7th Anniversary Part 1 from Maria Parry on Vimeo. Continue Reading

Happy Birthday Peanut

My One and Only Peanut, Did five years really pass by already? What an adventure you and I have had. You let me know, from Day 1, that being your mother was going to be nothing like I had imagined for myself all these years. What’s more, you and I are like two very opposite… Continue Reading

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