Get It, Girl: How I Wear Activewear and a Sale for You!

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I’m currently training for my first marathon. I shared some of that story here, but I have to tell you that as the days have sped by and my marathon is only three weeks away, a little bit of fear has started to creep in.

I’ve been a runner for four years now. I hated running before that, but now it is so many things to me. Running is about a healthy body AND a healthy mind for me. I run because it helps clear my head. Running used to disgust me, now it makes me happy.

Running also provides a way to challenge myself and this is where fear can factor in. I never enter a race thinking I might win, but I always have goals and sometimes those goals are scary. Like this marathon.

If I let my mind wander for too long, I start to think, “I’ve never run longer than 20 miles – how will I make it 26.2?!” or “What if feel sick or get hurt or can’t finish the race?” It’s enough to make me want to back off, but I’m not going to be that person. I don’t ever want to be the person who backs away from challenge.

Since quitting is not an option and I won’t let fear get me down, I find ways to keep myself motivated, like fun activewear with great patterns and sayings that make me want to crush the run and reach that goal!

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I love the phrase, “Get it, girl,” and I often use it to cheer on my friends in their healthy pursuits. I love that I have that phrase to encourage myself now, thanks to this awesome tank from Cents of Style! I have a half marathon coming up tomorrow and I’m planning to bust out a new PR, so I threw on this sweet tank with a pair of heathered yoga capris (also from Cents of Style) for my easy run yesterday. I felt pretty darn good and a little invincible – ready for the challenge of pushing myself to a new best this weekend! Go ahead – tell me to “get it, girl!”

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Here’s the fun part for you: the fun activewear collection from Cents of Style is 50% off today with the code ACTIVELOVE at checkout! This includes great tanks and capris like mine for $14.98 each, as well as more yoga pants and sports bras. There are some GREAT sayings on these tanks – I know you’ll find one that gets your motivated or puts a smile on your face!

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Whether you wear activewear to run, lift weights, or go to the grocery store, grab this fun deal before it’s gone! Use the code ACTIVELOVE to get 50% off AND free shipping today only!

I have to know: which tank is your favorite?

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#BMGMStyle: Cool, Calm, and Casual with Chadwick’s!

I received complimentary product to review from Chadwick’s. I was not compensated in any other way for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own. This post contains referral and/or affiliate links.

It’s the Boy Mom/Girl Mom Style Challenge! Shannon – mom to four girls – and I – mom to three boys – will be posting a style challenge twice a month and we want you to join in!

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Each #BMGMStyle challenge will have a theme. You just need to post a pic on Instagram following that theme and use the hashtag #BMGMStyle to be a part of the challenge! Shannon and I will pick our favorites to feature each week and one participant per month will win a giveaway from the month’s featured companies!

Are you ready for #BMGMStyle Challenge #2?

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We’re partnering with Chadwick’s today to show you some cool, calm, and casual looks for spring! My absolute favorite everyday look when the weather warms up is a maxi dress. A maxi dress is an instant outfit – no mixing and matching necessary! Just add some simple or bold accessories and you are ready to go.

I also love maxi dresses because of the practicality and comfort level. Dresses are my favorite and I love all lengths, but the maxi dress has a special place in my heart for the following reasons:

  1. I can move around easily with my boys and not worry about anything (ahem) accidentally showing.
  2. A maxi dress won’t fly up and expose others in this Nebraska wind.
  3. I can look dressed up, but feel like I’m in my pajamas.

This maxi dress from Chadwick’s is all of the reasons I love the maxi dress…

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I firmly believe every woman needs a simple black maxi dress in her wardrobe. The knit tank maxi dress from Chadwick’s is the definition of cool, calm, and casual, with bra-friendly straps, fun front pockets, and small side slits. I could throw it on in the morning for just about any occasion and feel totally at ease all day long.

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I also love a pop of color with my basic black. I went for red with this ensemble, with a great hat from Cents of Style and my fabulous new Avarcas. If you see me out and about with the fam this spring and summer, there’s a high probability I will be wearing a very similar outfit!

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With the Nebraska wind and active boys, shorter skirts and dresses can be a little risky for a casual, active day. But this French terry skort – a skirt with shorts hidden underneath – is a great solution for those warmer, casual days. I can look sporty yet feminine when I pair this comfy skort with my Royals tank and classic Converse!

Find out how Shannon styled her Chadwick’s items, including the same maxi dress, over on The Simple Moms today!

Chadwick’s has great pieces for you to stay cool, calm, and casual this spring, so we’re giving away a $50 Chadwick’s gift card! Enter below and remember to tag your casual spring looks with #BMGMStyle on Instagram!

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What is your favorite cool, calm, and casual look for spring?

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The Perfect Spring Travel Dress

I received complimentary product from Orvis for this review.

Long road trips and weekend getaways, with family or friends, to a different city or state or country – I just love traveling. Seeing new places and meeting new people is a fun adventure, and we might do it a lot more often if not for the responsibilities and logistics of school, work, and activities.

Even with our schedules getting busier as the kids get older, we’ve managed to schedule quite a few fun trips for this spring and summer! It has become my mission to pack wisely for these trips, so finding versatile wardrobe pieces that pack well is a top priority. I just found a dress that meets all of the above criteria (and has a whole lot of awesome extra features) making it the perfect spring travel dress.

Have you ever shopped with Orvis? I will admit I had not heard of Orvis before a few months ago, but their new spring line for women has won me over with pieces that are both feminine and functional for an active lifestyle!

The Florence Travel Dress is a part of the lovely Orvis spring line.

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This classic popover-style dress is absolutely divine for travel for so many reasons. Let’s start with these functional details: wrinkle-resistant, quick-drying, and moisture-wicking. The fabric is SPF 50 and and the sleeves can be long or rolled up. There’s a zipped pocket on one hip to keep important things close and safe. So. Much. Function.

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Function is one side and fashion is the other. I love the versatility of this dress. You can never go wrong with black, especially for someone like me who is likely to spill while traveling, but also for anyone going for a classic look. The Florence Travel Dress worked perfectly for church with some bold red jewelry and tan wedges, but for travel, I’ve paired it with these great, comfortable Merrell Around-Town sandals. I can just imagine wearing this exact ensemble on those trips when you’ll be walking for miles a day to sightsee and find new adventures!

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The length of the Florence Travel Dress is modest and flattering and it has just the right cut where I’m not worried about the whole skirt flying up when the Nebraska wind rears its ugly head…which is happening every single day right now!

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Can you tell I really love this dress? I may even wear it when I hop on a plane to head to Nashville this weekend (with a great pair of cowboy boots) because it will take me from plane to day to night effortlessly! And I will pack it for many trips to come for these same reasons – and to keep my packing simple and streamlined!

Now is the perfect time to shop the fabulous Orvis spring collection for women! Use the code ICSPRING to get $25 off your order of $50 or more through September 30, 2016!

One more thing…

You could win one of ten $100 Orvis gift cards! Just enter the giveaway below through May 2, 2016!

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What items are you loving from the Orvis spring line? How would you style this dress?

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How to Help Your Boy Discover His Gifts and Purpose

One Friday morning earlier this month, we made the trip to an area arts and academic meet for our oldest son. He had been chosen to participate in a math competition as well as have his artwork displayed at the art show. The fact that he was doing well in both math and art at school really got me thinking about the gifts God places in our kids and how unique they are for each child.

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As a mom to three growing boys, I have a front row seat to see these gifts being revealed in each of my sons. It is quite the show and I’m realizing I am not a passive viewer in this situation. God has a role for us as parents in helping our children discover and grow in the talents given to them by Him.

As my oldest is only 10, I don’t have any expert advice for you, but I do have real-life experience, right now in the trenches with you, and I’ve observed these ways to participate in this process without taking over the lives of my kids.

I’m sharing my thoughts on a parent’s role in this process over at the Tommy Nelson blog today! Head on over there to read more and join the discussion!

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#BMGMStyle Challenge: Spring Flats!

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I’m always on the hunt for new style inspiration – the latest trends, new ways to wear things already in my closet, fresh ideas for each season. I find a lot of this inspiration on Instagram, so when my friend Shannon (The Simple Moms) and I were thinking about a way to connect with other moms about fashion, we knew an Instagram style challenge would be the way to go! So today we’re introducing…

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It’s the Boy Mom/Girl Mom Style Challenge! Shannon – mom to four girls – and I – mom to three boys – will be posting a style challenge twice a month and we want you to join in!

Each #BMGMStyle challenge will have a theme. You just need to post a pic on Instagram following that theme and use the hashtag #BMGMStyle to be a part of the challenge! Shannon and I will pick our favorites to feature each week and one participant per month will win a giveaway from the month’s featured companies!

Are you ready for #BMGMStyle Challenge #1?

Spring flats!

Here’s the thing about spring in Nebraska – it’s still not very warm. And it’s windy. I haven’t been able to pull out any sandals yet, so I’m super thankful for fun spring flats to keep my toes warm! Spring flats make us think of sun and flowers and new life all around us – bright colors, floral prints, sparkly neutrals are all hot for spring feet!

My favorite comfy flats from Ja-Vie Flats are now available in all sorts of fun spring designs, like this one:

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I’ve worn these beauties so many times already this spring, despite the cooler temps. The tropical pattern at least let’s me pretend warm weather has arrived! The great thing about Ja-Vie Flats is they look great with jeans and a hoodie or with a nicer dress. And because of the jelly + knit design, rainy days are no problem!

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I adore this pattern, especially all the green. Love. Did I mention these flats are washable?! Yep.

Here are two of my favorite outfits with the Ja-Vie Tropical Flats:

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tunic – Evy’s Tree // earrings – Nickel and Suede // jeans – boutique // tropical flats – Ja-Vie Flats

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hoodie – Evy’s Tree // tee – Target // jeans – boutique //tropical flats – Ja-Vie Flats // earrings – Nickel and Suede // necklace – handed down from my grandma

Staying warm while still celebrating spring – that’s my style right now! Spring flats are just too much fun, right?! Check out the fabulous spring flats Shannon is styling from Ja-Vie today, too!

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN: Show us on how you wear your spring flats! Post your favorite outfit with spring flats and tag it with #BMGMStyle to join the challenge! You’ll be entered to win your very own pair of Ja-Vie Flats and more!

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Teaching Kids About the Character of a Jesus-Follower

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So here’s the deal…

I’m not a big fan of what the world thinks a “Christian” looks like these days. If you were to ask a person on the street about the character traits of a Jesus-follower, I’m afraid you would hear words like self-righteous, judgmental, and close-minded. These are ugly words and the furthest thing from the character of Jesus.

This is the world in which we are raising our children. It is more important than ever to teach our kids to be Jesus-followers not just in name, but in everything we do. My character has to speak louder than any label I may claim. And I want the character of my boys to do the same.  

When we look at the life of Jesus, there are so many character traits for us to emulate and teach to our kids. I like to narrow down our focus when the kids are little and build upon it as they grow and mature in their faith.

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I Will Follow Jesus, a bible storybook by Judah and Chelsea Smith, is a great starting point for sharing these character traits of a Jesus-follower with our young kiddos. Every family should choose their own focus, but here are a few we emphasize from an early age:

Loving

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. -1 John 4:18

Jesus loved people. All people. He loved like no one ever has because He is God and God is love. When we look at the two most important commandments given to us by God, they come down to love. Love God. Love people. A Jesus follower is loving.

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the great and first commandment.And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” -Matthew 22:36-38

Brave

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9

We’ve already talked about the negative view much of the world has of Christians. Living and loving boldly in the name of Jesus takes courage. One day it might look like standing up for a classmate who is getting picked on at recess. Another day it may mean stepping out of your comfort zone to share a bible verse with someone who needs encouragement. We’re not scaling physical mountains, but sharing the love of Jesus in a hostile world most definitely requires bravery. And Jesus is the one who makes us brave!

In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect… -1 Peter 3:15

Humble

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. -Philippians 2:5-8

Jesus was the only perfect person to ever walk this earth, yet He was humble, even to the point of death. We live in a world where pride matters and we don’t want our pride hurt. Being a Jesus-follower means leaving our pride at the foot of the cross and walking in humility.

What does humility look like for our kids? Sometimes it means putting others’ needs before our own, which goes hand in hand with loving well. It also means not always having to be “right” all the time. We have some stubborn boys in this house (they might get that from their mama), and they like to be right about things. They also like to correct someone when they are wrong. A humble person knows how to take constructive criticism, as well when to keep their “right” thoughts to themselves. If we as Christians are always pointing out what others are doing wrong, we are exhibiting pride and opening ourselves up to a big fall when someone catches us in sin.

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. -Proverbs 16:18

When we look to Jesus and see His grace and mercy to us even when we were still sinners, we can’t help but be humble.

We can talk about all these characteristics to help our children in their walk of faith, but being a Jesus-follower comes down to one thing. We must be willing to follow what Jesus asks of us – no matter the cost, no matter what we look like.

We look at the life of Jesus, as told so well for kids in I Will Follow Jesus, for how to live, but we must also pray and listen for His voice, calling us to do the work He has just for us here on earth. Invite your kids to live out these characteristics, open their heart to the call of Jesus in their life, and follow Him!

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” -Matthew 16:24

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What I’m Reading: Spring 2016

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I’m not ashamed to admit this: I am currently reading five different books.

Some of you may think this is crazy, and some of you might think it is totally normal. It’s just how I go about reading. I always have and probably always will. I’m actually reading four books and listening to one audiobook, but that totally counts as reading, so my total is at five.

Here’s what I’m reading, because they are all amazing and you’ll want to read them too…

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Pride & Prejudice

This is my audiobook of choice for two reasons: I’ve tried to start reading it many, many times and always failed AND it was free to listen to from my library! It has been absolutely delightful to hear and I’m almost done with it. Audiobooks have won me over, so tell me your favorites!

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

I’m eating up Kristen’s words just like I knew I would because she writes real, beautiful, hard truth. This is my parenting book for the moment and it is really making me think about how we do life as a family. This quote jumped off the page at me the other day: “It’s our job to teach our children to be different from their natural bent toward sin.” AMEN.

Tales from Another Mother Runner

I’m training for my first marathon and I need all the inspiration I can get as race day approaches. The Hubby got me a signed copy and I’ve been intentionally saving it for these last few weeks leading up to the marathon. These ladies always make me want to kick butt with my training AND make me laugh at the same time. Just what I need right now.

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

My reading of the Wingfeather Saga has begun and I am hooked. Andrew Peterson is a creative genius, both in music and in writing. I can totally see now why our oldest son is in love with this series. It is just so magical and I want to immerse myself in the books and not come out until I read all four. See you in a few months…

Wild and Free

I’ve known this book was in the works for quite a while and I’ve been excited about it ever since hearing the topic: this wild and free life we’re called to live as women of God. This JUST showed up in the mail last week and I’m part of the launch team, so I’ll be diving in right away so I can tell you all about it! Jess and Hayley are a gift and I know these words will be, too! Just go ahead and pre-order your copy now.

YOUR TURN: Talk to me about what you’re reading right now! My reading list is a mile long, but I always love good recommendations! And include those fave audiobooks!

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LulaRoe + The Amelia Dress

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I’m a little late to the LulaRoe game, but when my first pieces arrived, I was instantly in love.

First of all, there are the leggings. They are just as soft and lovely as everyone says. You need some. End of discussion.

But I want to talk about a different LulaRoe piece today: the Amelia dress.

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The Amelia dress is simply one of the most comfortable and practical dresses I’ve ever owned. The flattering cut and length paired with POCKETS makes it every woman’s best wardrobe friend. And with LulaRoe, you know it comes in a million different unique colors and prints! NOTE: I’m wearing an XS, but a S could work for me as well. The fit of the Amelia depends on the fabric, so check on that before buying!

I went with the most simple styling for this first look so you could see the whole dress in all its wonder. I can’t wait for it to warm up outside (for good) so I replicate this outfit often – fun flats and classic jewelry is all you need to complement the Amelia!

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The reality is the weather in Nebraska is not quite warm enough on a regular basis for bare arms and legs yet, so, for now, I’m more likely to grab a cozy sweater or hoodie, some leggings, and bright boots to pair with my Amelia! I love that the dress is not too fancy to be lived in on a “normal day.”

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The Amelia can also be a comfy spring day dress with a whole lot of flair! I’m loving it with my white denim jacket and Converse.

I’ve worn this dress with a black cardigan and black riding boots to church, and I could also throw it on with brown wedge sandals. I am telling you – there are endless ways to wear the Amelia dress!

LulaRoe is a fun company that operates through individual consultants, like my friend Danielle! LulaRoe offers leggings, dresses, tees, tunics, and more, all high quality and super comfortable. They make a limited number of each style and pattern, so the inventory of each consultant is unique and always changing! If you see something you like in your size, you better grab it quick because you might not find that exact piece again!

Did you know this is my birthday week?

Yep. I’m turning 35 on Friday, so I thought I might throw a little LulaRoe party for you Thursday night to celebrate! Is there any better way to celebrate than with shopping?! I think not.

Here are the details so you can join in on the LulaRoe fun:

  • Where: Danielle’s LulaRoe Facebook group (just ask to join the group!)
  • When: Thursday, March 24th at 8PM CST
  • What to expect: Just join the group before the 8PM party to find all the details on how to buy, sizing, and more!
  • Special bonus for YOU: When you checkout at the end of the party, use the code “homewiththeboys” to get free shipping on your order!

Danielle is so helpful and ships items out quickly – shopping her parties is easy and fun! I hope you’ll join us Thursday evening and maybe grab a fabulous Amelia dress of your own! See you then!

Do you own any LulaRoe pieces yet? What are your favorites?

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Holy Week 101 for Parents and Kids

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Although we have observed Holy Week in our own way as a family, when I asked my oldest son what he knew about Holy Week, his first question was, “What is Holy Week?” I apparently had never specifically labeled the week with that title, so my question and his response opened up a wonderful conversation about the week leading up to Easter!

Holy Week is extraordinarily significant to Christians and I have always felt strong desire to share all aspects of what Jesus went through in that week with our children. Maybe that is your desire as well. In my post over at Tommy Nelson today, I recorded some of the more relevant questions and answers from the conversation with my son in the hopes that it would be a guide for your own conversation with your child. Think of it as “Holy Week 101!”

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Head over to Tommy Nelson to read the answers to my son’s questions, including:

  • What is Holy Week?
  • What happened to Jesus during Holy Week?
  • What am I supposed to do during Holy Week?

We’ve kept The Story of Easter board book around our house to help introduce the events of this week to our kids at a young age. And we always follow this simple plan with the Jesus Storybook Bible as a family to remember the events leading up to and including Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Do you observe Holy Week as a family? What are some of your favorite traditions?

 

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Miles for Mercy + My First Marathon

I haven’t mentioned it much around here, but I’m running my first marathon this year.

I started training in February, the race is in May, and I already have a million thoughts about the process. This weekend I ran 17 miles – my longest run yet – which meant I also had almost three hours by myself to think. That’s a lot of thoughts!

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I’m going to try to write more about the marathon training journey here each week because I don’t want to forget what all of it felt like, but I wanted to start with one of the things keeping me motivated and a way for you to join me in the journey!

Mercy House, a maternity home in Kenya, has been close to my heart since it first opened several years ago. I was a reader of Kristen’s (the founder) blog and, through her writing and photos, she took us along as girls were rescued, buildings were purchased, babies were born, and God showed up through it all. My heart is stirred each time we hear of a new girl in the house or a new baby being born. This is life and beauty out of a hard place, which makes it even more beautiful.

I’ve shared the story here before many times and now I want to take your involvement one step further! This marathon I will be running will not be just about me. I’m running for Mercy House and I need your donations!

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Here’s the deal:

I want to raise $10 for every mile of the marathon for a total of $262! I’m setting small goals along the way with my training, so let’s do the same with our fundraising goals!

I have signed up for several shorter races leading up to the Fargo Marathon on May 21. My first is a 10-mile race this weekend. I’m looking for TEN people to donate any amount before my race on Saturday morning! Will you be one of those TEN?! Just click below or head over to my fundraising page to get started!

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When you donate, you are supporting the amazing work of Mercy House, but I want to help you get even more involved. As a donor, I will email you a specific prayer request for the ministry that I will also be praying for during my race. 26.2 miles means 27 different people and needs to pray for along the way!

So many others are taking on this #MilesforMercy challenge, as well. In fact, most of them have already finished their races and I’m feeling a little alone on the tail end of the challenge, so I need you with me cheering me on and making a difference for the women and children of Mercy House! Let’s do this together!

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