A Stewardship Challenge

My Journey

Many of you know that our family has been on an amazing journey since January when my husband got this crazy idea to get healthy. I thought it was going to be all him. Looking back, I too needed to make some personal changes.

It has not always been easy. At the beginning of the year when I chose my one word for 2012 as Steward, I had no idea that this concept would permeate everything.

Work and Family.

How silly of me.

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Get Your October On Friends

I promise I have not abandoned this blog. I promise. But Autumn is here in Colorado with full force and things get a little nutty in the Abel Abode. Football games, parent teacher conferences, fun clients and week-long trainings for Rocky Mountain Media Group. This list doesn’t even include the amazing activity going on at Family Life Services. All of these beautiful wonderful things keep me insanely busy.

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Liebster Blog Awards

Recently my friend Sarah Warren over at The Accidental Okie nominated my blog for a Liebster Award. Liebster is German, it means precious and dear.

The Liebster blog awards are one of the things that makes blogging with friends fun. This award is for up-and-coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  After Sarah nominated me, I had to write a blog post telling 11 things about me and answering 11 questions from Sarah.  Next, I got to nominate a few of my favorite bloggers and ask them 11 questions as well. I love it that this process is all about networking smaller blogs that may not have the exposure of the biggies.

Thanks Sarah for your dear heart, your nomination is so sweet! Everyone needs to check out your amazing blog as well. You like me, you really like me!

Here are my questions from Sarah with my answers:

  1. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? I wanted so badly to be a country music singer, until I realized I couldn’t sing, then I changed that to wanting to be either a news anchor or writer. The writer bit hasn’t changed, but I know my calling is truly helping those who are in need within their local communities. No kid ever wakes up and says, “I want to be a non-profit leader when I grow up.” But that has been His path for me. So that is the one I accept and love. [Read more…]

To Forge A New Trail

This verse always seems to creep up on me when I find myself in any kind of season of change or new opportunity. I know that I am not the first pilgrim who has walked this earth who has drawn strength and excitement from the words of Isaiah the Prophet:

For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43: 19 NLT

I got a visual picture of this a few weeks ago when I was in Pennsylvania on a trip to the Laurel Highlands Jeep Jamboree. Jeff and I got an amazing opportunity to go to this event and represent Jeep as band advocates. There in the middle of a tree dense forest, our Jeep Rubicon started making a new pathway through the wilderness. [Read more…]

Friday with Freda ~ A Guest Post

This week’s Friday with Freda is a guest blog from my friend Ivette Diaz. Ivette has a unique perspective on our family because sometimes when Jeff and I have to leave town for rm2g business, she stays with the kids and grandma. She is a true blessing to me, and has a heart for family unlike anyone else I have ever known. I hope you enjoy Ivette’s reflections, and take the time to check out her personal blog. She is a beautiful woman of God with an amazing heart.

Getting to spend time with Freda and the kiddos in Jeff and Julie’s absence has been a gift. It’s allowed me get to know these three in  much more personal way and we’ve made some great memories while we’re at it: Dance parties in the living room,  dishwasher mishaps (may the Ice Cream Scoop rest in peace) a picnic at the park and even done some aerobics led by Freda herself! But more than memory-making, I’ve also learned a lot from this bunch, especially Freda.

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It is Almost Here…Jeep Jamboree in Laurel Highlands PA

Tomorrow Jeff and I board a plane to take us to Pennsylvania. I can hardly believe that the Jeep Jamboree Laurel Highlands is almost here. I caught this on The Vermont Jeep Girl’s Facebook page this week and it totally got me stoked for the upcoming trip (and yes, I just used the word stoked):

 

This week I am finding myself needing a little escape from the normal.

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Friday with Freda ~ Role of Responsibility

My grandma is getting old.

I know, you’re shocked. Because for six months now I have been talking on Fridays about the funny things she says and does and how she is in such amazing shape for someone who is eighty nine.

She inspires me.

But the last month it has started to seem like she is getting old.

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A Fun Little Jeep Announcement

 

Remember a few weeks ago when I shared that I had been praying for something for weeks, but the answer came back loud and clear NO? Yeah, that was not a fun day.

Then something unexpected happened that was a huge YES. Remember? Well I finally get to share with everyone what happened.

Over on the Rocky Mountain Media Group blog today Jeff and I announced to our friends and clients about being contacted by corporate Jeep and being asked to be brand advocates. You can read all about the official announcement here.

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Abide, Rest, Love

This long weekend I am taking time to abide, rest, and love.

So far it looks like this…

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Friday with Freda ~ Let’s Make Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup

Last Friday morning over coffee Grandma mentioned she would love to have some of her homemade vegetable soup. Immediately, I got excited. I remembered all of those fall nights when I was a little girl and coming home from school. Her amazing homemade vegetable beef soup would be on the stove simmering. I got even more excited when I remembered we had some leftover roast in the fridge from just two days before—sweet manna from heaven!

It was decided. That evening when I was finished work, we would make this soup together. The menu for the evening was set. I jotted down everything I needed to pick up from the store on my way home. This meal was going to be special.

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