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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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We've all heard of trauma-informed therapists, and I am very thankful for the work that they do. I've been in the season of life where I have greatly benefited from the work of trauma-informed people. As I go through life I'm finding that I want to be more trauma-informed in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2022 at Word Therapy
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This morning, I failed. I failed so hard. It took me back to the scary years. The years when I was constantly plagued with anxiety, depression, and overwhelm. The outworking of the chaos of my interior would often come out in the saddest of ways; cycles of numbing out, freaking... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2022 at Word Therapy
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I had a WEIRD dream last night. In my dream, I was back in scrubs like the old days when I worked as a nurse. I was in the back room of what I think was Doane’s pharmacy, although the room in my dream seems to be figment of my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2022 at Word Therapy
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In between drop off lanes at the schools this morning, the following thought popped into my head: Years of spiritual bypassing and emotional stonewalling have brought us to a crisis of ideological fracturing that’s dependent upon self-deception in order to deal with the cognitive dissonance that’s been created because of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2022 at Word Therapy
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The book of Amos is a strong section of scripture that has been making me think. This book is set during a time when Israel was, yet again, engaged in a way of living that did not properly honor the One true God who had shown himself good and worthy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2022 at Word Therapy
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“Among my people are the wicked who lie in wait like men who snare birds and like those who set traps to catch people. Like cages full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; they have become rich and powerful and have grown fat and sleek. Their evil deeds... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2021 at Word Therapy
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“Now it was the day of Preparation and the next day was to be a special sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down.”-John 19:31 It’s Friday. You... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2021 at Word Therapy
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For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2021 at Word Therapy
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“Be careful to do the things that you demand of others. If you give yourself a pass, you might get hurt.” This was an insight that God gave me when I asked him for wisdom in a brief, painful situation. I had just turned away from setting something on the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2021 at Word Therapy
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Remember those pictures from the 80s, where if you stared just right, a different picture would emerge? I feel like I’m playing that game all day when I try to look and find reality and specifically, how the church in America is engaging with the world right now. I don’t... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2020 at Word Therapy
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“If you’re a Christian, you CANNOT vote for ____________” “If America is going to survive, this person/party CANNOT win” These are both things I keep hearing. To my fellow brothers and sisters IN CHRIST, we have to stop this! ________________________________________________________________________________ The first statement ADDS TO the gospel. It basically says,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2020 at Word Therapy
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Every day I wake up and the world feels a little more intense than the day before. Anyone else? I can’t say this with 100% certainty, but I do think we are in the midst of a shift of some sort that is going to transform our world in ways... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at Word Therapy
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Well, that was fun. Exhausting, but fun. We hadn’t really left our house much since Covid started, and then, starting July 17th, and ending this past Sunday, we traveled for 5 weekends in a row. We did long weekends on our boat 3 times, twice at Lake Roosevelt, once at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2020 at Word Therapy
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Raise your hand if you woke up sometime in the last 3 months and thought you were in the midst of a strange movie. I’m just 37 years old and I can’t recall a time where our world has ever felt this chaotic, fractured, and painful. Most recently we’ve heard... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at Word Therapy
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I’ve been in the process of becoming a crazy bird-nerd during this season of COVID-19 and spending more time at home than I have since having tiny babies. I’ve had more time than ever to look out my kitchen window as I prepare meal after meal and wash infinity stacks... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2020 at Word Therapy
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Spring has sprung and I forgot to blog for like...3 weeks? It's been busy getting going with homeschool and implementing lasting structure here to help us adjust well to this new season. I felt inspired to grab my big camera today and grab a day in time during this once-in-a-lifetime... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2020 at The Orchardmama Blog
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Well, these last two days bombed a little for mom. For more on that, check here For the rest of the last few days, here are a few photos: Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2020 at The Orchardmama Blog
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Well, these last two days bombed a little for mom. For more on that, check here For the rest of the last few days, here are a few photos: Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2020 at The Orchardmama Blog
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Alright, I'm just going to shoot straight with you because lying is a sin and it's hard to be friends with fakers. The last couple of days were HARD. I started sliding down the slippery slope to anxiety and overwhelm and depression on Wednesday. Looking back, I was a little... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2020 at Word Therapy
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Two days in one because yesterday evening I was just too dang tired to touch a computer at the end of the day! As it turns out, my husband runs a tight ship around here and we will not be sitting idly by during the quarantine, when there is a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at The Orchardmama Blog
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Today was good. I didn't really change out of my pajamas until around 3 pm, but I think that's pretty standard procedure for Quarantine Sundays. Nick finished ripping out our old footbridge today. Kevin and Milo went and got new wood for it and the 3 of them installed the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2020 at The Orchardmama Blog
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I had wanted to start a daily quarantine log earlier in this adventure, but life has been unusual to say the least. I'm going to keep it brief every day and try to include a lot of photos. I got out my "big" camera today because my phone went dead... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2020 at The Orchardmama Blog
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With nearly the entire planet on some form of lockdown, shelter-in-place, social distancing, isolation, or quarantine, life as we know it, has ground to a halt. For many people and many reasons, this presents incredible challenges. There are literally life and death scenarios being thrown to the forefronts of many... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2020 at Word Therapy
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This morning I woke up to what has become a familiar scene in our world: There is a barrage of bad news that will throw me wildly off-center if I do even more than scratch the surface of the news app on my phone. One headline caught my attention: Romney... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2020 at Word Therapy
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Leah is almost 5! She is larger than life, and full of zeal. She talks my ears off (literally off) all day every day when she's not at preschool. Today at preschool, she was asked on the first of what I'm thinking will be many offers for dates in her... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2020 at The Orchardmama Blog