Praising God For Your Scars

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In my 7th and final pregnancy, I lost twins at 19-weeks which resulted in 3 surgeries: A D&C, which left me hemorrhaging, then a vaginal hysterectomy, and an emergency surgery a couple of hours later for internal bleeding. To save my life, surgeons cut me hip to hip and took out or moved around my internal organs I was later told a second surgeon was called in, it took almost 3 hours to stop my bleeding, I was dead on the table, and I had 5 blood transfusions - 3 were from the blood that was suc…

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Terrible, Tragic, Grief-Laden Loss To Living Life More Deliberately

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As far back as I can remember, I had a recurring dream of a shy, blue-eyed little girl. The dreams were always the same, I would see her, and yet I was still looking for her. I would be in a grocery store, see her, and then she would disappear down an aisle. When I went to look down the aisle, she wouldn’t be there. I would feel disappointed but then look up and see her peeking out of a completely different aisle. I would wake up from dreaming about this sweet, shy, blue-eyed little girl feeling…

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Why In The World Would You Want To Live Full-Time In An RV?

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One question we’re asked often is why would we want to live full-time in an RV, in approximately 220 sq ft. The real answer is — we’re not sure — although there is a story behind the decision and a glimpse into the journey.

We began minimalism over 6 1/2 years ago due to overwhelming stress. After blending families and having 12 kids at home, we realized I was “saving things for when the kids move out” and refinishing furniture I didn’t resell — and we just had too much stuff for the size of th…

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The Woven Intricacies Of Finding My Path With God

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I was under the age of 6 — I know this as that’s the age when my parents would divorce — sitting alone outside on the porch steps offering up a heartfelt running commentary. “Jennifer, who are you talking to?”, my Mother asked. “Jesus.”, I replied. In the innocence of my child’s heart, what I was doing was absolutely normal — I fervently believed that everyone sat and chatted away with Jesus. It was as if my faith was woven into my DNA — an innate part of who I was.

Being raised in a Christian …

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Balancing Work, Home, Kids, And That Elusive Thing Called Self-Care

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Do you drive home from work, using that much-needed time to decompress, to shift gears from “corporate mindset” to “Mommy mode”? To a house that needs to be cleaned up, to kids who need help with homework, disputes, laundry, showers, processing of emotions, discipline, and love. Do you gear up to make dinner, get things in order, connect with the kids and do all the things necessary just to maintain? Perhaps in the shift of world events, you’re working from home with kids, trying to figure out d…

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8 Ways to Stay Motivated After Setting Goals

If you're 6-months into your New Year goals and that piece of paper has fallen off the fridge, or you stopped going to the gym or feel like your motivation and momentum have slowed, I have eight steps to help boost your motivation.



Have a plan, and be specific.

Your goals can't be “I want to work out” or “I want to lose weight.” They should be written, “I'm going to take three classes at the gym a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays,” or “I want to lose 20 pounds by this …

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What I've Learned About Myself at 50

I am writing this post on December 15, 2020 - my 50th birthday. I've learned a lot of things about myself during this time. Turning 50 sounds surreal to me, but it feels amazing. My oldest daughter, when she was 6-years-old, asked me how old she should be to become a Mom. I told her she should be at least 25. She - in all seriousness - said, “25? I’ll be dead by then!” I replied that I was older than 25. She looked at me in horror and said, “Oh my gosh, Mom, how old are you?”

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A Year in Review and Changes

Today I wanted to share my year in review and changes happening in my life. It's been quite a year for all of us. A tremendous amount of stress and upheaval, uncertainty, and fear. It's also been a year of change in many ways outside of this pandemic situation the world has experienced for six-ish months now. I've had a lot of behind the scenes action in my life and the world climate has a flip side that's not entirely awful.

For starters, I moved my blog to my website almost a year ago. It was…

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My Half Marathon Experience

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Meet Jenn: The Mom of 18

Once upon a time...

You and I met. It could have been through my podcast, running, my blog, my website, a past job, the kid's school, in person, or a myriad of other ways. What I do know is that at some point, you and I exchanged information and for that, I'm so thankful.

Allow me to re-introduce myself. It's me. Jenn Taylor, Mom Of 18. Yes, that's 18 kids I claim from biology, adoption, 12 years of foster …

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