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Thinking about how sweet budding friendships are. The thrill of a friendship that is real and rooted in the Lord is so so good for my soul. It is incredible how much sweet relief and solace I find in like-minded sisters who speak truth to me. It gives a peace to my soul that I could never find elsewhere. I have friends in my life that sharpen me and make me better and all the while, remind me that I am good. It is truly treasure. And I cannot wait until my daughters have the same things in their lives.

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Reading the Hunger Games finally! I mean, I'm only three pages in, because when the kids want to play outside and you have a hot minute to yourself, you try to take advantage. But then the baby wakes from a nap and that little glimmer of time to your book is a lost memory in the face of your baby girl.

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I mean, seriously, I can't handle those cheeks. Could munch on them all day errday.

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Listening to my girls talk and laugh and tickle and gab with each other. Truly nothing more beautiful than hearing them share their lives together.

And then there's my Lia, who yells and yells every day. Like, do you hear the volume of your voice, child?! I wonder where she gets it... (if anyone knows my family, you KNOW where she gets it.)

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Thankful for family (yes, the loud ones). Both my family and Mike's family are local, and it is so awesome to be near family to randomly see cousins and aunts and uncles and grandparents. I feel so blessed that we have a big family around, because it is SO important to Mike and me that the girls have a strong family unit to feel secure in. They have cousins and aunts who can listen to their moans and groans as teenagers, as opposed to other friends who just "don't understand" us.

I have wonderful memories of confiding in my aunts and cousins who could say to me, "I've been there, I know how you feel, and you are not alone." They reminded me that my parents wanted the best for me and that they would always be there with an ear to listen to my every complaint or frustration with my parents' "hard rules." How grateful I am for my parents' strict guidelines and parenting styles now! They truly did me a great service by teaching me about obedience. (Remind me about this when I struggle with a few teenage girls all at once, would you? And when I try to discipline this sweet face::)

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On the topic of friendships, I thought it would be cool to offer you guys a free printable! Feel free to pin away and share with friends! It is an 8x10 so it will go perfectly in any 8x10 frame.

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In between tweeting, reading books to my daughters, and [not] burning mac n cheese, I am the Founder + Creative Director of Blessed is She women's ministry + community.