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Kristi Ahrens
Just a mom trying to keep everyone happy and have some fun while we're at it.
Interests: Being a mom, loving my husband, reading, writing, sending off-the-wall snapchats and texts to my friends, studying the bible, taking pics of my kids and anything else fun, playing outside in nice weather
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*This is my 2nd attempt at Five Minute Friday writing, where you are given a word, set a timer, and write for 5 minutes. This week's word was 'place'. If you want to join the fun, check out FiveMinuteFriday! What is my place? This question has come to the surface... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at Word Therapy
This is my first try at Five Minute Friday Writing! I loved it. There is a word given to write about, you write for 5 minutes, and then done! INSPIRE What inspires you? Where does inspiration come from? There is a deep well in each human soul that carries the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Word Therapy
You know how sometimes you sit down to read with your toddler at nap time and you feel like God is tapping on you on the shoulder saying “Remember when we talked about this a few days ago?” No? Not a common occurrence? Well, not really for me either, but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Word Therapy
“Don’t air your dirty laundry”. “Keep your drama off of Facebook”. Yes we all want each other to be fine don’t we? We walk around saying “Hi, how are you?” and expecting the “Fine” response. We aren’t REALLY asking how someone is doing are we? Do we even want to... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Word Therapy
The BEST season of the year is here in full swing. Maybe you know it by the blossoms, or if you're from Wenatchee, by the smell of Funnel cakes and the sight of chairs lined up for the grand parade only 5 days away. This morning I watched my husband... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Word Therapy
So, the title....I'm assuming that's everyone. If you don't know anyone dramatic, maybe YOU are the dramatic one. Our family has no lack of emotion. We are what Jen Hatmaker has referred to as a 'Spicy' family (in contrast to sweet). We don't do any of the emotions halfway around... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Word Therapy
Who hasn’t heard the song Amazing Grace? Even if you’re not a church person you’ve probably heard it. It’s been one of Leah’s favorites since she was a newborn. I’ll never forget when she started making cooing sounds when she was a few months old. As she finished up nursing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Word Therapy
So many things. It's impossible to go through a day, when you are really looking, and not find things to be grateful for. Like this lady here. This is my mom, and once a week she takes my kids for the afternoon until bedtime. She's done this since Milo was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Word Therapy
Well it seems I find myself back here in this familiar territory of whiner-land once again. I am, without a doubt, a grade-A grouch when I let my attitudes and thoughts go unchecked. Back in December for advent I found three things to be thankful for each day and wrote... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Word Therapy
My friend and I have this thing. It’s a phrase I swear my husband coined somewhere around the year 2003 when he first noticed it in me, but maybe it’s not original to him. Maybe you have it too. It’s called Imposter Syndrome. You see, for years, I’ve labored under... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Word Therapy
I'm sharing today, the story of a friendship that is such a gift. I wrote this post a while back, and I sent it over to my friend Laura at Seasoned with Salt. She has it up on the blog, and I'd love it if you'd read it and see... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Word Therapy
Contentious. If I had to sum up the feelings of my heart in one word over the past week, that would be it. There have been big issues in the news, and as a result, if we have been paying attention we’ve had to self-examine and see how these things... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at Word Therapy
Yesterday was Leah’s second birthday. It’s so hard to believe. I remember the night we announced to the boys we were having another child, and telling them that the baby at that time, was the size of a blueberry. A blueberry. yet all the wonderfulness of Leah was already packaged... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at Word Therapy
Fear. Worry. Anxiety. Or, the more upwardly mobile, socially acceptable forms of these things: Stress. Catastrophic Thinking, as my counselor calls it; projecting the worst case scenario onto any of your own future circumstances, reassuring yourself that it’s going to be bad-really bad- and there’s never going to be enough... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Word Therapy
I was curious to see what my most read posts were of 2016, and what a fun way to look back over the year this was! Most of them are related to motherhood and the emotions, trials, and minutiae that it entails, but there is that one political post that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Word Therapy
It has been a very festive few days! I’m loving the Christmas season this year. For several years when the boys were younger, Christmas was more of a stress than a blessing. I feel like we are in a new season, with the boys being a bit older, more obedient,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at Word Therapy
Wow! I sort of fell of the wagon with writing 3 things I’m thankful for every day. I would have to argue it’s because I’ve been so busy enjoying life and family and parties and this Christmas season! I don’t think I’ll backtrack and write 15 things I’m thankful for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at Word Therapy
Hi friends. Instead of writing my daily grantidotes, I'm going to take you over to this great site that I contribute to called Seasoned with Salt. One of my posts is up today, and I hope you'll take a minute to read it to hear my thoughts on our often... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Word Therapy
Advent Challenge Day 16 I’m telling you, if you haven’t been purposefully looking for things to be thankful for, start today! It’s a total game changer. I literally can’t count how many times today my mind started to go down the rabbit hole, but retreated back to sanity-land when I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Word Therapy
Part of me didn’t even want to write this tonight. Sometimes the things I’m thankful for feel so shallow, so trite, so #firstworld. This morning I woke up extra early (couldn’t sleep) and my eyes, while trying to find the time on my phone, shot straight to a news headline... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Word Therapy
Days 12 & 13 of my Advent Challenge of grabbing hold of the antidote of gratitude to combat complaining and thanklessness. I’m thankful for prayer. As believers we are instructed to pray without ceasing. Honestly I wish I could nail this but in reality, there are many days where prayer... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at Word Therapy
Day 11 in my Advent Gratitude Challenge You guys, I’m telling you, this thing about looking for the things to be thankful for seems to be really working. I started this whole challenge because I recognized that I had developed an attitude that was dominated more and more by complaining... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2016 at Word Therapy
I'm a bit late! Leah would not go to bed last night, so halfway through writing this post she joined us in the living room and Kevin and I both took turns reading to her. By the time I finally got her to bed, I was so done! Here is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at Word Therapy
A two-fer again. Lots going on this time of year so it’s efficient to consolidate posts yes? Days 8 & 9 of my Advent gratitude challenge. Things have been uneventful other than the SNOW (!) but I’ve been loving looking for things all day to be thankful for. It’s so... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at Word Therapy
Day 7 of my challenge to myself to find three things to be grateful for this Advent season. 1. I'm so thankful to be part of an incredible church. It's just a group of people, but I do love them so. It's so encouraging to have a place each week,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at Word Therapy