Tuesday, April 26, 2016

My Skin Cancer Story

About a year ago, I noticed a very small clear blister-like bump on the side of my right nostril.  Honestly, I chalked it up to my "almost 40 skin issues" and didn't think much about it.  A few months later, it was still there and completely unchanged so I decided it was time for that little "zit" to go away. So I sterilized a needle and tried to pop it.  Nothing came out if it, it didn't bleed, and honestly it didn't change.  So I started some intense "zit" creams to get it gone and after a few more months the stubborn thing was still there.

Now y'all should know....it wasn't flaky, it wasn't bleeding, it wasn't hurting, it wasn't discolored in anyway, and in fact, it blended in with my skin so well that people didn't notice it unless I pointed it out to them.  So about a year after I first noticed it, I decided to just go to the dermatologist and have him take the silly thing off so I could move on with my life.  So I got an appointment in December 2015 and went to the dermatologist.

38 years old....skin cancer was the last thing I ever expected to hear.  I've never been a tanning bed girl, not one to just "lay out and bake" in the sun, but I haven't always been the best at wearing sunscreen when I'm outdoors either. The bump literally had none of the typical signs of skin cancer at all.  The dermatologist said it needed to come off now because he thought we might have caught it in a very early stage.  So he removed it and did a biopsy to determine what stage of skin cancer it was even though he felt like it was just early stage basal cell carcinoma.  I was left with a small area on my nose that was open and he opted to let it heal naturally with no stitches.
The biopsy came back exactly what the dermatologist thought it was...early stage basal cell carcinoma skin cancer and on my follow-up visit he felt like he had been able to get it all and it should be fine.  My nose healed over a couple of months and while I did have a small divet in my nose from the scaring, I was just thankful the skin cancer was gone.  

Then in January, I started noticing that the area on the outside of my scar was beginning to make the same clear, blister-like bumps that I had previously.  So I called and got another dermatologist appointment for him to check it.  Turns out, the skin cancer was back and it was being "aggressive" as the dermatologist put it.  He recommended that the best course of treatment would be to have MOHS surgery done because it has a 99% success rate of removing all the skin cancer.  The closest MOHS surgeon to where we live at the Texas-Mexico border that he trusted and would recommend was in San Antonio, TX about 4 hours from us.  
So I got an appointment for February 10 and we took off to San Antonio.  We went up a day early and took the kids to the Alamo, took the boatride along the RiverWalk, and walked all over downtown San Antonio. We were blessed to get to meet up with some friends from Alabama who had moved to San Antonio also and we enjoyed being with them for the day too.  My surgery was scheduled for bright and early the next morning at 8:00AM.  David dropped me off for surgery that morning and then he and the kids went back to the hotel until check-out time.  Then, when they had to check-out, they did a little geocaching until the surgery center called to tell them I was ready to be picked up.  
The surgery lasted just over 3 1/2 hours long and I was awake through the entire thing.  They just numbed my nose/face for the actual surgery and then when it was done, the area he had to remove was too deep and wide for stitches so I needed a skin graft. They took it from my collarbone and I was actually awake through that whole procedure too.  Now I have to admit, I did great during the MOHS surgery on my nose but when it came time to do the skin graft I had to really focus and recite scripture and do lots of praying because it was a little unnerving to me to be awake while they were removing and grafting skin.  I had an incredibly wonderful MOHS surgeon (Dr. Hobbs at the MOHS Skin Cancer Surgery Center of South Texas).  He and his PA, Chris, both had amazing bedside manner, we actually talked about our mission work during a lot of the surgery, and they were both so supportive and kind too.  

Once David picked me up, I was free to go home so we actually drove back home that afternoon and got home about 6:30PM.  I came home with a large bandage on both my nose and my collarbone.  I had strict instructions not to get it wet at all and not to be moving my right arm (the side the graft was taken from) above my waist.  I also wasn't supposed to lay flat so I had to sleep elevated and they recommended bed rest or being on the couch for 8 days to allow my collarbone and nose to start healing perfectly.  Talk about limitations, plus I am right-handed and I couldn't wash my hair for 8 days either!  My husband and kids were amazing with helping me, taking care of me, encouraging me when I would get frustrated, and making sure I recuperated well.  Our church family was incredible...they provided dinner every evening for our family so David didn't have to cook and some even brought breakfast and lunches too!  Y'all, I don't know how people go through life without a church family!  Ours is truly family to us and such a blessing.  
8 days later, the stitches and pressure bandages were all removed and I finally got to see the damage to my nose.  It was a little overwhelming but then I realized how blessed and fortunate I was to have caught it when I did.  The MOHS surgeon had also told me that they got all the skin cancer and I was cancer free in this area now. He didn't see any other areas on my face that were of concern either, praise God!  While I was super excited to have the stitches out and begin to start using my arm again (and washing my hair), I was put on another restriction to stay home for 14 more days.  My graft was still very "fresh" and still needed time to heal and the surgeon said it was very susceptible to germs/bacteria.  If I were to get it infected, I would lose the graft so he wanted it to have another 2 weeks to heal better and not be exposed to lots of germs/bacteria.  So I was confined to the house for basically 3 weeks after surgery.  
My nose and collarbone continued to heal well over those weeks of house confinement and the Lord used that time to grow me spiritually too.  It is a beautiful thing what the Lord can use to draw you closer to Him and what He can reveal to you when you truly seek Him more.  I praise the Lord that He allowed me to catch my skin cancer in a very early stage (even if it did require MOHS surgery). I am thankful that it is healed well.  The only thing I have to do now is for the next year, I must keep sunscreen of SPF 50 or higher on the spot when I am going to be outdoors.  
Today, you can still see a circular scar on my nose but when I wear makeup it's not really even visible.  I share all this with you today because I want you to know how important it is to get your skin checked.  I would have NEVER thought that little bitty clear, blister-like "zit" would turn out to be skin cancer.  Mine had none of the classic symptoms or signs of skin cancer.  So, please, please, please get your skin checked...especially if you have suspicious or strange things on your skin.  








Saturday, April 23, 2016

Adams' Chart of History Review

I can admit it...I'm a huge history geek!  History & Chemistry were my favorite subjects in high school. History, to me, is also a subject that is best taught visually and not just all through lectures and reading books.  Timelines are an awesome way to help kids (and adults) understand history more clearly.  MasterBooks has been one of our favorite book publishers for a long time so we were super excited to discover they have an amazing history timeline chart, Adams' Chart of History.  
From the MasterBooks website:
A vintage reproduction of this famous illustrated time-line of earth history first published in 1871. The fold-out chart features detailed, full-color drawings of various stages of history, from Adam and Eve to the late 19th century, with handwritten commentary throughout.

Perfect for educational settings or Sunday school walls, the 21 full-size panels make it an unique resource and an easy way to learn. Children and adults alike will be fascinated by the gorgeous illustrations that are woven throughout the time-line, creating an intricate and uniquely synchronized visual map of the ages.

Discover ancient cultures like the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and more! Delight in the mysterious Seven Wonders of the World and learn where they once stood. Get the big picture of history and how it falls in line with a biblical world view! Starts with creation at 4004 B.C. and goes to 1870 and our 19th President, R.B. Hayes. A virtual library conveniently at your fingertips with the incomparable Adam’s Chart of History. 
What we loved:
Wow, just wow, oh wow!  This chart is chocked full of beautiful full-color graphics and illustrations and it is packed with tons of information and facts.  This is a very versatile timeline chart too. You can use it by either reading it like a book (turning the pages panel by panel), or you can unfold it completely into one long timeline, or you could cut it apart and use it panel by panel (although I wouldn't really recommend cutting it because you would lose some of the writing/art).  

This chart was made to last. The panel pages are incredibly sturdy and made with a heavier paper than most charts/books.  We love how much time it covers and we still haven't studied all the panels yet because there is just so much information on each one.  The chart also includes a 64-page key (booklet) with it.  This is a very useful tool in using and understanding your timeline chart.  This booklet includes information about the author, covers each major world civilization including summaries of people, places, and events.  This is a great tool for using it in homeschooling too.  
What I wasn't crazy about:
Ok, I have to admit...we knew it was going to be big but honestly, I was a little shocked at how big it actually was when it came.  It is about 28 inches tall and unfolds to almost 23 feet!  We don't have a dedicated homeschool room so when we unfolded it, it went down the hallway and clear into the living room. We also don't have enough free wall space to even put it up on a wall in our home because it is so large.  So we just have to use it like a book (and it takes up almost our entire kitchen table when we use it).  The large panels do make it easy to see the graphics and read all the information but since we are using it in homeschooling, it doesn't function exactly like I had anticipated or hoped it would for us because the panels are so large.

Now, if you have a bigger home than we do or a dedicated homeschool space or you're going to be using this in a Sunday school classroom or something, then this would be PERFECT for you to hang on the wall.  We are just going to have to use it as a book and turn it panel by panel when we are studying it.  And honestly, the kids don't mind doing that because they are fascinated by all the amazing information and graphics it contains.  

Where To Buy It:
MasterBooks offers the Adams' Chart of History for just $31.99 and it includes the 64 page booklet too.  You can PURCHASE IT HERE.  

Make sure you check out all the other wonderful Christian based resources that MasterBooks has to offer as well.  They have homeschool curriculum, books on apologetics, creation, reference, and books designed specifically for young children.  

Disclaimer:  I was given the Adam's Chart of History as a reviewer for Moms of MasterBooks.  No monetary compensation was received.  The opinions expressed here are my own and reflect our own personal thoughts and experiences.  Your results may vary from mine.  


Friday, April 22, 2016

Orkin Mosquito Summer Scientist GIVEAWAY and Blog App

Maybe it's just me, but I cannot believe that summer is almost here!  Seriously y'all, there are only about 6 weeks of school left and then it's SUMMER!  (I can hear the kids rejoicing now) Summer provides so many fun opportunities for families from road trips and epic adventures, to camping (we love tent camping), to going to the beach, to hiking,rock climbing, canoeing, etc.  The summer fun possibilities are endless.

With the summer fun, there usually comes bugs...specifically mosquitos!  Now, I realize everyone doesn't love essential oils the way we do, so I'm excited to share with you that the experts at Orkin study the science of mosquitos and other pests closely in order to better tailor plans that will help keep them out of your home this summer.  Did you know that only are mosquitos really pesky but that they also pose serious health risks too??
The Orkin "Buzzer Beater" app will let you watch videos on how to deal with mosquitos, why mosquitos prefer children over adults, and even give you access to the rest of Orkin's "how-to" series.  These videos will provide you with the most up-to-date knowledge on dealing with these pesky home invaders.  You can also take a fun quiz to see if you are prepared for mosquito season and find out if your city is on Orkin's yearly "Mosquito Cities" list.  

Orkin uses the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop an effective treatment that's just right for your needs.  To learn more about Orkin's pest control based in science or to schedule an inspection, call 1-800-800-ORKIN or visit their website at www.orkin.com 

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~ GIVEAWAY ~ 
Not only does Orkin want to help you be prepared for a pest-less summer, but they also want to give your a fun kit for your kids to enjoy this summer too.  The Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kits are fun for the whole family! Each pack includes:

2 Bug Catcher Craft Kits: These awesome DIY bug catcher kits will let your family’s personality shine through while also learning about nature and the world around us. The kits include a variety of foam ladybugs, dragonflies and more!

2 Bug Nets: Explore the great outdoors with these fun mesh insect nets. They can be used to collect and study butterflies, ladybugs, caterpillars and many other backyard creatures.

2 See-Through Bug Jars: Reveal the wonders of your backyard with these clear bug jars. Each transparent plastic box has a magnifying lid for better insect viewing. Young explorers love discovering worms, butterflies, ants and insects. These containers allow them to make homes for their new discoveries.

2 Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters: Scratch faces, designs and more on these Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters! A perfect kids' activity for critter lovers, simply scratch away the black coating to reveal vibrant rainbow colors. Includes butterflies, frogs, turtles and more.

Glow-in-the-Dark Creepy Crawlers: Turn off the lights and let them glow! These vinyl glow-in-the-dark bugs are lots of fun for all ages.

Enter on the form below for your chance to win this super fun kit your whole family can enjoy! 

Disclaimer: This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Each household is only eligible to win one Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. No P.O. boxes please. Prize is being provided by PartnersHub and Orkin and will be shipped from PartnersHub to the winner.  

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A little glimpse of life lately....

We recently announced on our missions blog that we are going to pursue a move to Roatan, Hondruas to do full-time mission work there for the next 3 years. We have been invited by a community on the island to come work in their area and work alongside their church to basically do discipleship, evangelism, and David will be doing pastoral training and preaching too.  We are still in the very early stages of all the "fun" logistics that have to be worked out for such a move but we are excited with each step of progress we make.  We are currently working on the budget for both our one-time needs and our monthly support that we will have to raise. Once we get our budgets finalized, we will start support raising (which typically takes 6-12 months). You can read more details about this on our missions blog but we sure would love your prayers for our family as we step out on faith and begin making plans to move to Hondruas to serve the Lord there.  
We haven't posted a family picture lately so we thought we would share our Easter picture.  We were blessed to have a very worshipful time of Easter this year with the local church here at the border.  On Thursday night, the church had a worship service & Lord's Supper.  On Friday night, they hosted "The Final Words of Jesus" worship service.  On Sunday, we attended the sunrise Easter service, enjoyed a delicious brunch afterwards, then had our regular Sunday school classes and 11:00AM worship service too.  It was a long weekend but so blessed.  It was great to focus on the true meaning of Easter in so many different ways too.  
Y'all know I always have a few books I'm in the process of reading...yes, I'm a bookworm!  This is one of the latest additions to my reading.  Justin Wren is a former martial arts champion who stopped fighting for fame and fortune and started fighting for others.  This book will be near and dear to our hearts as we are passionate about missions and since David is a 2nd degree black belt in tae-kwon-do and has a huge heart for missions, I think we will both enjoy reading this book!  
Here in South Texas, for a few months each year, we are blessed to have "winter Texans" in our area.  This is people (mostly senior adults) who come to a warmer climate for the winter.  (Kind of like "snowbirds" in other parts of the U.S.).  I met a lady from Iowa who was staying at a local RV park in our town and she is a Stampin' Up demonstrator.  She was hosting weekly stamp classes at the RV park and she invited me to join them.  A few years ago, a sweet blog friend Amanda, had sent me a huge Pampers diaper box filled with Stampin' Up supplies.  While I used them some I didn't really understand how to use them correctly or really enjoy them.  So I was delighted to get to take weekly classes and learn tips and techniques while making cards and fun handstamped items too.  I took classes for 3 months and learned SO much and got to start putting all those awesome supplies Amanda sent me to good use.  My friend has now gone back home to Iowa but I'm still enjoying making handstamped cards almost every day.  The possibilities are limitless and it is quite relaxing and fun to make the cards too.  Plus, I'd much rather send a card made with love than buy a $5-7 card at Walmart!  
Wyatt is still our animal loving kid!  He says he wants to be a marine biologist or a zoologist.  He knows some c-r-a-z-y facts about animals and I sware he could watch animal documentaries all day if we would let him.  Recently, he discovered The Bug Chef  on one of the shows he was watching.  So of course, he had to look up his website and we ended up watching more videos of his on YouTube.  One of his recipes was for a fried tarantula.  Since we live in South Texas, tarantulas are a common occurence here and we have seen many of them, held them, gone "hunting" for them, etc. So Wyatt wanted to go hunt for one and then fry it up.  After we finally convinced him that was not a good idea, he still wanted me to save the recipe "just in case" we ever got the chance to try one!  YUCK!!




Thursday, March 17, 2016

loved+blessed® Subscription Box Review & GIVEAWAY

I have never been one who has subscribed to monthly subscription boxes.  So I was intrigued when I was given the opportunity to receive and review a monthly subscription box from faith-based company, loved+blessed®.  Unlike many subscription boxes, loved+blessed® is about hope and encouragement, rather than products.  As a cause box, they measure the value of their boxes a little differently than many other companies.  Each month they send a box of encouragement to your loved+blessed® ladies with a different theme that they hope will brighten their month, help them get through the challenges of life and help them to pass encouragement along to someone else. Speaking of encouragement, keep reading to the bottom of this blog post for your chance to WIN a Year of Encouragement (12 free boxes) from loved + blessed! When my hot pink box from loved + blessed arrived in the mailbox, I couldn't wait to open it!  
Inside the box was a sticker that described what the theme of this month's box was. This box was based on "You are God's masterpiece".  That is such a beautiful reminder in today's world where so much focus is being placed on outward beauty, youth/adults are comparing themselves to others and trying to "be like" or "fit in" to standards that the world has set.  I loved the encouragement and wording of the explanation of this box's theme.  
 
Inside the box were several different items that all tied into the box's theme of "masterpiece".  There was a mini-poster that reads "Make each day your masterpiece".  You could easily frame this mini-poster and put it on your office desk, in your bathroom, on your refrigerator, etc.  The possibilities of using this mini-poster are endless.  There was also a scripture card with Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) on it.  I plan to use this scripture card in a special way.  Next time I go to Starbucks, I am going to "pay it forward" and ask the cashier to give this scripture card to the person behind me.  That way, not only do they get the blessing of a free drink but they will also get a little reminder of who they are in Jesus Christ.  
There was also a reminder sticker (see picture above) that I put in my Bible.  I have had the same Bible since my high school graduation and on the inside of it are some stickers I've placed over the years.  I loved this reminder sticker from loved + blessed and decided to add it to my Bible!  You could put this sticker on your laptop, your bike, a planner, your tablet, etc.  Some teenage girl might especially love a sticker like this too!  Then one of the neatest parts was the colored pencils, a coloring page, and a picture frame to use for your coloring page when it was complete.  This box allows you to literally create your own masterpiece and then display it.  Adult coloring books are all the hype right now and this is a fairly easy coloring page with a beautiful reminder that "we are God's masterpiece".  

One of my favorite things about loved+blessed® subscription boxes is that they are extremely affordable!  These faith-based, monthly subscription boxes cost just $10/month.  You can either subscribe to these boxes for yourself or even gift them to a friend. Subscriptions are available on a month-to-month basis or pre-paid in 3 months, 6 months, or a year subscriptions.  Think how fun it would be to order on a month-to-month basis and surprise a different friend with a box each month!  

What is your favorite part of loved+blessed® subscription boxes?  
How would you use these subscription boxes? 

You can learn more about loved+blessed® subscription boxes by visiting their website or following them on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook.  While you're stopping by, don't forget to ENTER TO WIN a Year of Encouragement too!  

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Young Messiah Movie, App, & GIVEAWAY

As parents we are always face with difficult decisions on what's best for our children. Being a Mom to 3 children, there are often times when I would love to "fix" their problem for them or solve it for them but I know that in order for them to grow and learn from their mistakes, sometimes I have to sit back and watch them struggle or mess up.  The beauty is that in those moments, David and I get the chance to point them to Jesus, to walk them through their mistakes and how they could have handled it differently and we get to see them be a better person for having gone through that experience.  
We believe that it is also extremely important for us to be modeling the Christ-like characteristics, morals, and values in our own lives that we want to instill in our child.  We have certain people in their lives that they can look up to as role models also (because sometimes children will listen to others when they don't listen to their own parents).  We are also teaching them that "blood is thicker than water" and we are a family that will be there for each other, love each other, support each other, and encourage each other no matter what happens.  That's what family does...they don't rejoice in each other's mistakes or trials, they come alongside each other and walk through life's journey together whether it is good times or bad times.

The Young Messiah is not just a story about Jesus. It’s the story about Jesus and his family. Heading into this film the producers knew this was a fresh take on Jesus and the Holy family. The filmmakers quickly realized Mary and Joseph faced many of the same problems as parents today.  The Young Messiah came out in theaters nationwide on March 11. You can watch the official Trailer HERE!
Inspired by Scripture and rooted in history, this story imagines a year in the boyhood of Jesus.  Remaining true to the character of Jesus revealed in the Bible, The Young Messiah is an inspirational story about the childhood of the Savior for the whole family. When the mystery of Jesus’ divinity begins to unfold in His early years, He turns to His parents for answers. But Mary and Joseph, in an effort to protect their child, are afraid to reveal all they know. How do you explain the ways of the world to its Creator? How do you teach the Teacher? How do you help the Savior who came to save you?
Follow the young Messiah as He and His family take the extraordinary journey from Egypt to Nazareth and on to Jerusalem – where His true identity and profound destiny are revealed.
I am very excited to announce that not only can you watch the trailer for this movie, have fun on the movie app, but you also can enter for the chance to WIN 2 MOVIE TICKETS to see "The Young Messiah"!  For your chance to win, enter on the form below....

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

"Strong and Kind" by Korie Robertson {book review}

I was blessed to grow up in a loving, Christian home where my parents instilled Christ in us first and foremost and then taught us manners and virtues that would last a lifetime.  If you don't already know, I was adopted and I was not your typical adoption either.  You can read my testimony here.  I grew up with parents who set a beautiful example of parenting for me but parenting isn't easy and sometimes it's great to be reminded of what we are trying to achieve with our children.  
We are also huge Duck Commander fans!  To have a family that exemplifies Christ in all they do, that boldly stands up for Jesus and the Bible, and that can create a TV show that is very enjoyable to watch and totally family friendly will always have my support.  They love adoption (and I do too), Jase and Missy's daughter Mia has birth defects similar to what I had, and my husband loves that they make duck calls since he used to go duck hunting before we left to do full-time mission work.  In 2013, on a trip back to Alabama to visit our families, we purposefully stopped at Duck Commander and we all enjoyed a short stop there so much.  Our kids still dream of one day getting to go back to Duck Commander and actually meet some of the Robertson family.  So it was very exciting for me to learn that Korie Robertson had written a book on parenting called "Strong and Kind".  
"What America needs today are parents who don't just say they value these virtues but who live them and passionately and boldly teach them to their children.  It's up to me and you and every parent in America to make the necessary changes to give our children the opportunity to change the world.  We do that by instilling good character traits in them so that they will be capable of being the adults our world needs." - Korie Robertson
While this book is very well-written and quite easy to read, the content in it really hits home and sometimes will even hit your heart, emotions, and thoughts.  Parenting isn't easy and several times in this book I was so convicted about what was being shared that I hit my knees in prayer to God asking Him to strengthen me, to change me so that my parenting would be continually in line with forming and shaping my kids to be equipped and able to be bold, courageous adults in all they do.  Korie (and Willie) share very personal stories in this book that show you that they are imperfect parents just like us who are all on this same journey as we are trying to raise our kids the best way we know how using the Bible as our guidebook.  There are 8 full-color pages of family pictures which are fun to look at too.  I wanted to share a few things from this book that really impacted me (but if you could see the book, you would see it is highlighted & marked in on many, many pages).

(pg. 28-29) "The bottom line is that parents today spend too much time preparing the road for their children instead of their children for the road.  When we take away all of the trials and disappointments from our children's lives, we're robbing them of the opportunity to develop perseverance and the ability to become mature and complete human beings."

(pg. 121)  "We should take a hard look at our calendars to see what we can give up so that we'll have more time to do the important things and accomplish the goals we really want to accomplish as a family."

Pages 124-127 give "Tips for Being Consistent" and those little gems are something all of us as parents needs to be reminded of and actually put in place.

  • Be Prepared for the Long Road - training for anything doesn't happen overnight.
  • Circle the Wagons - Get everyone on board to help 
  • Your Kids May Not Like You - and you have to be o.k. with that.  
  • Don't Back Yourself in a Corner - Consistency, it says love and it creates security.

Thankfully, David and I have always been pretty unified when it comes to parenting but there have been those occasions when we weren't on the same page and it affected our family and our children in so many ways.  Honestly, those times were usually because one of us (honestly, probably me) was being stubborn and strong-willed in wanting our own way or thinking that our way was better than the others  Chapter 21 of "Strong and Kind" is called "Be Unified" and honestly, this would be a great chapter to be used in pre-martial counseling too!

If you have kids (or if you are planning to have kids), I would highly, highly recommend this book to read!  Unlike other parenting books, this one isn't filled with big psychological words or medical jargon but rather it is filled with real life experiences, personal stories you can easily relate to, and the best parenting guidebook of all, the Bible.

You can learn more about Korie Robertson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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