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Happily Ever After Can Start Today {Beyond the Castle}

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Some people dream about magic; Jody Dreyer has lived it. Jody (or Jody Jean as she affectionately became known as in college) spent three decades working with the Walt Disney company…if you can call it work. But in a recent conversation, she was also quick to share that happily ever after can start today and the magic really isn’t magic either: …

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How to Help Our Girls Overcome Fear with Faith

How to Help Our Girls Overcome Fear

As a mom, I wish I could protect my kids from everything from heartache to natural disasters. Realistically, I recognize that’s not only impossible, it’s not healthy for them. Think back with me to your own childhood and adolescence. When I reflect on the moments that made me who I am today, most stemmed from how I responded to the …

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Why I Didn’t Want to Read “Present Over Perfect”

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I just finished a book I really didn’t want to read: Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. Shauna’s dad is Bill Hybels, founding pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago, which was where my mom started going to church when I was in junior high. I never knew Shauna personally, but to me she represented an ever-increasing number of …

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Top 5 Children’s Books (Elementary) for 2016

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Some of our favorite memories come from the books our kids receive for Christmas each year. Not only do we give our kids books, but some of our favorite memories come from book gifts our kids have received from friends and family. With all the books that come out each year, it can be difficult to pick the perfect one …

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