Policies Your Church Needs For Protection From Predators

Who would have thought that church would be in the top list of places that pedophiles target? I know it was certainly not something I expected to hear. But, as a victim of someone within church authority, I can see how churches make themselves vulnerable to sexual predators.

Today is part two of my series about protecting your children from predators. If you are just starting in on the series, you can start {here} and head on back to this post.

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When you go to church, you want to know that you can trust people there. It is church, after all. Church should be safe. It’s a place where Continue reading

The Niche and Nail’s Final Workshop In California

I’m sad and nostalgic as I write this post, so bear with me. A couple week’s ago, I attended my first (and most likely last) Niche and Nail workshop. Okay, so, remember Jenn who did that rustic sign giveaway on my blog about 2 months ago?  Well, not only does this woman make and sell her signs, but she also does workshops where you can make your own. How cool is that?! Instead of canvas painting, you paint rustic wood signs for your home. Not only that, you get to choose out of several options before the workshop. This is totally up my ally!

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A couple weeks ago, I was invited to one of the workshops, and I was so excited to go! Seriously Continue reading

Base House Makeover: The Study

Sometimes when military wives hear the words “base housing,” they groan a bit. I’ll admit that I may or may not have groaned when I realized we were going to need to live on base when we moved to California. But, when we walked into our house full of white walls, white cabinets, white trim, white everything, I quickly became excited about the potential of what this blank slate could become. We were told we could paint and hang things on the wall. That was good enough for me!

I was able to give you a little taste of what our dining room looks like in my dining room table makeover post last month. This time, Continue reading

6 Ways To Help Protect Your Child From Predators

You can empower yourself with info to help protect your child.

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I debated about posting this now, but in lieu of the Stanford rape case, I feel like it is appropriate. Now, what I’m about to write about isn’t necessarily the same exact scenario. But, it has to do with sexual assault, and it is something close to my heart because I was one of them. I once was a defenseless child who had everything stripped from her, and I am still (over 20 years later) dealing with the aftermath of that nightmare. For the longest time I wanted to talk about it. I knew it was important. I wanted to speak out against it. But frankly, I didn’t quite have the courage.

I do now.

I have the courage to speak out against the evil that prevails. For every young child, teenager, adult – I have the courage. I don’t know much about assault between adults. But, I know an awful lot about childhood sexual assault. I know way more than I should. I know . . . because Continue reading

Mom, Give Yourself Grace

When you are your worst critic, give grace.

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“You should probably just divorce me and get a better wife for yourself and mom for the kids.”

Hot, frustrated tears left trails on my cheeks. I was tired, angry, and defeated. Continue reading

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