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Laura started losing her hair in high school and has lived most of her college and 20 somethings years as a bald woman in a culture that worships beauty. Her story is incredibly encouraging! Read on and share with others!

I Lost All My Hair…and Gained Something Greater

I first saw Laura Hockett at a week-long church event that I help run called Kids Club. She had a huge smile on her face, was leading a group of elementary kids in some cheers, and, most notably, was completely bald. I thought, “Wow, this girl is going through chemo, but she’s serving at church!?” But, …Read More

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Lessons From My Kids’ Confiscated Toys

Guest post by Nathan (Rachel’s husband) Water balloons. The missing ear of a stuffed animal. A Pez dispenser. A doll (inevitably) missing its clothing. Two old iPhones. And both medieval* and futuristic toy weapons. What do all of the things in this picture have in common? Taken together, they look like either (a) the evidence room …Read More

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I Always Miss the Mark During Advent, and Yet…

The angel’s words to the shepherds so long ago really are true: But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11) …Read More

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Truth for Trials: NEW Printable Verse Cards on Sale Now

About 7 years ago, my toddler son was so sick he couldn’t sleep without waking up with blood in his diaper several times a night. He was so weak from not eating and his joints hurt so much that he reverted to crawling again. Nathan and I and our doctors had no idea what was going on. It …Read More

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A Head Shaving Party for Darcie

This post is a long time coming. I started on it this spring, but due to many turn of events I never finished it. Well, it’s high time I told you more about my friend Darcie’s story. Because, well, she’s a pretty amazing woman and a picture of God’s faithfulness through trials in our lives. …Read More

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How to Fight for Contentment

Guest post by Nathan–pastor, dad of three, and Rachel’s husband. Check out his other guest posts here, here, and here. Oh, and you may want to pin his favorite Everyday Smoothie Recipe, too. By most standards, my kids have a pretty good life. And yet, no matter what they have, they seem to be remarkably …Read More

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True Healing Can’t Come from an Oil

A few months ago a dear friend of mine called me to process some yucky stuff she’s been going through. In short, she had recently had a few panic attacks and was fearful that she may have more. After talking through what had possibly been leading up to these and personality tendencies that might be …Read More

Truths to remember during trials. Life doesn't always go as planned. Here are a few great reminders to hold on to when life get hairy.

A Few Truths to Remember During Trials

Dear readers, life is just HARD sometimes. I don’t know why I’m surprised by trials when they come but I always am. I become all melodramatic when my comfort and easy life is interrupted as if it’s an abnormality. When in fact it’s actually an abnormality to live in the comfort bubble I’ve become accustomed …Read More

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Where is God When You Can’t Get Pregnant?

Today’s post has been prayed for, labored over, talked about and worked on for weeks and weeks. Rebekah from Barren to Beautiful has poured her heart and soul into these words and we have high hopes that they will encourage many women out there struggling with infertility. Please pass this on to anyone in your …Read More

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Can “50 Shades of Grey” Enhance Your Sex Life?

Today’s post is a little out of the ordinary for Thriving Home, we know. But with the opening of the movie 50 Shades of Grey this weekend, we wanted to share this thought-provoking and candid post by our friend Kelley. She co-leads the 20 Somethings Ministry at our church with her husband, has been married …Read More

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Profound Pups

One my dogs’ great joys in life is riding in the car with me. When I tell them we are going for a car ride, they scamper as fast as they can to the garage door and eagerly load up once the car door is opened. Last week my sister and I had planned to …Read More

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UPDATE: Verse Cards are 20% Off through December 24!

Looking for a meaningful but frugal gift for friends or a mom in your life? Goods news! We’re running a Christmas discount on a mom favorite–our printable On the Job Meditations for Moms: 25 Encouraging Verse Cards! We are offering a 20% discount on each verse card pack (regularly priced $4.99) through December 24. That …Read More

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I Heart Operation Christmas Child

Before I jump in, I wanted to remind you of our $100 Target gift card giveaway going on. Make sure you enter by commenting on this post of my review of up & up diapers and wipes! One of my favorite posts I’ve shared about on Thriving Home was about creating Helping the Homeless bags. …Read More

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The One Where I Admit I Can’t Do It All

I’ve been struggling with headaches for two years now–ever since I was done nursing my my last child. They seem to have gotten more frequent–about once a week I end up in bed. I’ve linked them to lack of sleep, sitting at my computer/behind the wheel, lifting kids, and stress in general, at various times. …Read More

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Women of the Word: A Book Review

I’m a pastor’s wife who struggles to read my Bible. It’s hard for me admit that but it’s true. Like many disciplines in the Christian life, my interest and passion for the Word has waxed and waned but overall, it’s always been an area that has felt more like a discipline than a joy. It …Read More

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Can Women (and Men) Have It All?

Guest post by my husband, Nathan. In many respects, Indra K. Nooyi is an enormously successful woman. The 58 year-old CEO of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business on the planet, often ranks highly on the list of the world’s most powerful women and top executives in general. She reportedly earned a salary …Read More

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Compared to Her: A Book Review

Disclosure: Affiliate links included. We all do it. We all compare. Some are more aware of this tendency than others but since sin entered the picture, we have been sizing ourselves up based on the people see around us. Comparison rears its ugly head particularly in the areas that we are most insecure in. Appearance. …Read More

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I Heart Sseko Designs

I just got my first pair of Sseko Sandals in the mail. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get some. Not only am I friends with the founder, Liz, but I LOVE supporting businesses that are ethical and have a larger purpose than just making money. I’ve only had mine for …Read More