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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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Do you ever have a day where your spiritual senses feel heightened? As if the stuff you’ve read or heard about God being all around us suddenly starts feeling really, tangibly REAL? He just keeps blowing my mind. Just when I think I’ve experienced the apex of the love of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2019 at Word Therapy
All this controversy swirling around a few Christmas songs lately, has me overly analyzing every lyrical composition that comes across the airwaves (or whatever you call streaming pandora Christmas music). I was listening to the familiar favorite 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town' the other day, and realized just how... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2018 at Word Therapy
“Are you begging for compliments again?” I immediately blushed and felt busted for my unconscious attempt at gaining praise and affirmation. I hadn’t ever thought of it that way and the way she so pointedly articulated exactly what was going on with my moment of self-deprecation was an eye-opener. As... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2018 at Word Therapy
You know when you’re prepping to do something that freaks you out a little bit and all your insecurities and presumed inadequacies come rushing through your subconscious and the doubts and lies are louder than a passing freight train? This is a busy week and I have a few things... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at Word Therapy
“I just don’t know how you have time to read!' “How in the world do you find time to listen to all those podcasts?!” As an information hound and someone who loves to learn, I’ve heard both of these statements numerous times in the past decade. For 10 years now,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2018 at Word Therapy
It's been almost a month since we said goodbye to my Grandpa, and I'm thinking about him today. I shared a few things at his funeral that he taught me, and I noticed that two of these legacy points showed up in our lives today. Namely, butter and saltines, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2018 at Word Therapy
*SURRENDER* What comes to your mind when you think of that word? I get two images. First: a person kneeling with hands in the air before someone in authority over them, probably a police officer. Second, I get the classic military example of waving the white flag as a bedraggled... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at Word Therapy
Have you ever had one of those days where strange things happened? Like, unexplainable, maybe coincidental to the point that you feel like there is a force that is reading your mail and then tweaking your circumstances to make you wig out a little bit? That’s happening RIGHT NOW IN... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at Word Therapy
Are you a details person? I would say that I’m not. I’m more of a big ideas person and the details sort of fall by the way side. Frequently, this leads to me finding myself in a situation where I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. I was reading... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at Word Therapy
“It takes a village to raise a child” A proverb we’ve heard numerous times. We nod our heads in agreement, or maybe we pull back from that mentality thinking “If I let the village raise my child, I’ll end up with the village idiot!” Depending on where you live, that’s... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at Word Therapy
“If the Devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy” -Beth Moore I was a brand new Christian the first time I heard Beth Moore say that. I was in the living room of my Mentor mom’s house (MOPS, Mothers Of Preschoolers, has “Mentor Moms” who are basically the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at Word Therapy
Have you ever read one of those books that, when you finished it, you felt like your life had just been forever changed? One of those stories with such persistence and otherworldly truths and experiences, that there’s no way you could read it with a “meh” attitude and carry on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at Word Therapy
So, we are halfway through January. I forgot to get a New Years journal. I didn’t set any resolutions. I didn’t make a “Top 10 books I read last year” list like I’ve done in the past. I didn’t choose a word for the year either. I see a lot... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at Word Therapy
I can see clearly now, the CLOUD is gone! Did you look outside today and clap to the heavens like I did?? My kids probably think I’m such a loon with how excited I get about non-foggy day. They literally didn’t even notice that we had been under an inversion... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at Word Therapy
Me too mom! It is hard but if you plan well and just decide to do it and not allow ANY cheating, it's possible!
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2017 on Whole30 January at Word Therapy
Aching joints. Sluggish workouts. Peeling, blistered, eczema marred skin. Fatigue. Irritability. Stomach Upset. That’s a fun list isn’t it? Do you have any of those things? I had all of those things before I did the Whole30 for the first time, and now, they are creeping back in. I’ve been... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Word Therapy
See this little setup? I’m pretty proud of it. Very pinterest-y. As someone who struggles to cast a vision and then pull together all of the details necessary to execute it, I’m proud to say that it only took me approximately 3 years to finally get a “family values” placard... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Word Therapy
Oops, I got busy and didn’t write for awhile. Oh well, life happens. Tonight… I did it again. I inadvertently sabotaged what would have otherwise been a nice time with my family. Have you ever done that? Have you ever let stuff get to you so badly that you wreck... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Word Therapy
Listening is becoming such a lost art. Soundbites, rhetoric, 30 second “debates” where no actual information is really exchanged, are the stuff we live and breathe. I mean, look at the National Anthem “to kneel or not to kneel” debate. Whatever side you’re on, you’ve probably noticed that most people... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2017 at Word Therapy
It’s OVER. My first ever round of the Whole30 is done. I can’t even believe I did it. I really think the game changer was that I announced to the world that I was doing the whole30 through my blog. I hate public failure, so I could either finish out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at Word Therapy
Day 17 of Write31Days Oops, I missed a few days. I will chock it up to sheer exhaustion from a weekend full of football, church, and hosting a cider press/kid birthday party. Sometimes you just pass out on the couch at 9:00 pm and all your writing intentions get lost... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at Word Therapy
Day 14 of the Write31Days challenge... 27 days. TWENTY SEVEN DAYS. I have completed 27 days on the Whole30. Some of you may be thinking “big deal”, but I am thoroughly shocked that I actually did it, and the end (Tuesday!) is in sight. I don’t do long term (more... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at Word Therapy
Day 12 of the Write31Day challenge, and no writing today, but I’m sharing an article from a guy who has apparently been reading my mail. I’ve recently felt freshly convicted about my propensity to get irritated over things that really aren’t that important. I’m thankful that this guy took the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Word Therapy
Day 11 in the Write31Days challenge where I'm exploring all the things that surprised me about adulthood. If you haven’t talked to me in recent years, you may not know that I’m annoyingly obsessed with personality typing, strength-finding, and now Enneagram-ing. It’s just so FASCINATING. I think most of us... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Word Therapy
Day 11 of the Write31Days Challenge It's okay to realize you're crazy and very damaged because all the best people are. Anne Lamott Has anyone else shown up to their life year after year, waiting for that elusive time when you’ll finally feel like you’re functioning like you’re supposed to?... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Word Therapy