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Taking Route + A Giveaway

Today I’d like to introduce you to Taking Route, a site for women living overseas. But it isn’t *just* for expats. Anyone can appreciate things like chai cocoa recipes, right?

Today I’m at Taking Route, sharing a day’s entry from the devotional Trust Without Borders. So grab a mug of hot goodness, pull up a chair, and click over for your morning devotional.

And can I say something? It is an honor to be a companion to you via the devotional Trust Without Borders. I wrote this friend to friend and hope you get as much out of it as I did writing it. Today we are giving away a print copy of the book, arriving in your mailbox just in time for the New Year.


Trust Without Borders devotional book


For a chance to win a copy of this devotional, simply follow the directions below. See you over at Taking Route!

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This is my life Planner

I love this time of year, and not just because it’s Christmas. One of my favorite parts of the season is year end reflection and goal setting for the new year ahead.


this is my life planner
I haven’t always been a planner. Truthfully, my life involves ALOT of uncertainty and flexibility. But I have found it’s important to plan what I can. I also love simplicity and beauty, which is why I am excited to share A Virtuous Woman’s “This is My Life” planners with you:

this is my life planner page


BONUS: Melissa offers a FREE blog planner for bloggers!


The 2015 planner is a full-color, 172 page planner and includes:

  • 12 {Two Page Spread} Monthly Calendars
  • 52 Weekly Planning Pages
  • 52 Weekly Menu Pages
  • New Year’s Resolution Worksheet
  • Valentine’s Day Planner
  • Resurrection Celebration Planner
  • Resurrection Cookies Recipe
  • Summer Bucket List
  • 4th of July Planner
  • Fall Bucket List
  • October Fun
  • Thanksgiving Menu Planner
  • Christmas Menu Planner
  • Christmas Shopping List Page
  • Christmas Ideas Worksheet
  • Winter Bucket List
  • New Year’s Day Planner
  • 2 Notes Pages
  • 10 Journal Pages


Melissa is a busy mom who knows what works and she has put together a planning kit that works for me. My favorite part of the planner is the monthly calendar. It is extra large, perfect for keeping up with family appointments and notes and to-do lists. Plus, she has used lovely fonts and colors that make this planner a splash of joy in the midst of the mundane.

If you are in the market for a planner, check out Melissa’s and be sure to snag the free blogger’s kit if you blog!


5 Fun Family Christmas Traditions

Christmas Eve family traditions

  Looking for Christmas traditions? Be sure to check out this week’s Loft link up where bloggers are linking up their favorite holiday traditions.  Living overseas, our Christmas traditions have to be portable. Meaning they have to work in whatever country we happen to be in for Christmas. So things like driving around looking at Christmas lights […]

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Welcome to The Loft: Christmas Edition

  The Loft is open, come on up!    Graphic by Kerry Messer   This Week’s Topic: “Christmas Traditions” (How do you celebrate this rich holiday?)   For Christmas and New Years, we will be taking a break here at The Loft to quietly celebrate the holidays. Please link your Christmas posts up today and make […]

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How to be still and set your sights higher

Be still and know that He is God

    She sits at the end of 2014 like a woman on a park bench, the days crowding her off the edge into a brand new year. Ready or not, new things face her and she just wants to know how to do things differently. Better. How to get the most from the time […]

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Prayer Card: N is for Not Afraid

Praying Scripture for our children is powerful… and easier than you may think. We are providing a set of 26 scripture prayer cards to aid in praying for our kids. This week our letter is N for Not Afraid. I LOVE this scripture!     Click here to print the Letter N prayer card   […]

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Welcome to The Loft! Potluck {Best of 2014}

  The Loft is open, come on up!    Graphic by Kerry Messer   This Week’s Topic: “Potluck: Best of 2014″ (Link up your best post of 2014. “Best” is defined loosely!) Next Week’s Topic: “Christmas Traditions” (Tell us how you celebrate this rich holiday.)     About #TheLoft   The Loft is the place for conversation, […]

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The Yes God

The Yes God

  I should have been cooking dinner. I should have been peeling potatoes and par-boiling broccoli. Should have been grating cheese and baking bread. But I was online, trying to catch up with somebody who does the same kind of work I do. I don’t claim to visit this person online often, simply because every […]

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Prayer Card: M is for Meekness

Prayer Card: M is for Meekness

  We’ve been (slowly!) working our way through the alphabet, providing virtues for each letter to pray for our children. Today’s letter is M for Meekness. Have you found these helpful in your prayer time? I have found praying scripture for my children so much easier with these prayer cards. I have cards taped to […]

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Greatest Lesson of 2014

  This week at #TheLoft we are reflecting on 2014. So much could be said! But I’ll boil it down to the greatest lesson I’ve learned this year ~ smiles. Godly, gospel-oriented relationships with sisters who “get” you are worth time, money, and inconvenience. These are a GIFT from God.   That’s it. For sooo […]

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