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31 Days {Day 31} – Couple Costume Ideas

31 Days {Day 31} – Couple Costume Ideas

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Welcome back to the 31 Days of Mary, Martha, & Sparta! If you missed it, here is the link to yesterday’s post!

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Ty and I are not being anything for Halloween this year. Last year we were Lois and Clark, and it was really fun! I’m not into the skin-tight costumes (for example, the “slutty batgirl”, as Sandra Bullock calls it… – thanks for saying it Sandra!), so I always try to find something that is more appropriate. Plus I like the thought that goes into costumes, so I like costumes for us that aren’t store-bought.

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So even though Ty and I are not dressing up this year – our lives have been a little crazy – I thought that I would share with you my favorite couple costumes that I considered for us this year! Some of these could be super easy if you have the items to throw together tonight – even if not as intricate as the pictures are.

31 Days {Day 30} – 30 Things About Me

31 Days {Day 30} – 30 Things About Me

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31 Days {Day 29} – Why Spartans?

31 Days {Day 29} – Why Spartans?

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I started thinking about what to post today right after I posted yesterday. It came pretty quickly to me – which is weird because I’ve been having trouble thinking of things to write.

But now that I’m at the end of this challenge and I have a lot of new followers, I thought it would be helpful to spend some time explaining why my blog is called “Mary, Martha, & Sparta.”

What I wanted to share with you is actually the first post I ever posted. It explains why I added the “Spartan” part to the “Mary and Martha” part of the blog. It’s actually my favorite part!

Soo…I cheated a little bit and copied and pasted that first post. I tried to rewrite it a little bit, and then I just decided to keep it just the way I had it at first. I did change the picture to a more current picture.

31 Days {Day 28} – My Fault

31 Days {Day 28} – My Fault

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Well, this morning kind of sucked.

A couple weeks ago I noticed Noah had what I was pretty sure was a cavity in one of his molars. It had shown up really suddenly, and it totally took me by surprise!

I had his teeth cleaned a couple months ago and it seemed like things were fine.

Turns out…they weren’t fine.

31 Days {Day 27} – Lesson in the Driveway

31 Days {Day 27} – Lesson in the Driveway

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You guys, guess what? It’s almost the end of October!

Know how I know? I have pretty much run out of things to talk about.

All day long, I couldn’t think of one single thing that I might say that you might care about.

Blah.

I sat here staring at the computer screen for….quite a while, and I just kept typing a sentence and deleting it. Such is writing sometimes.

So here I sat.

I could have told you about my day, or what we’ve been up to lately, but no one wants to read my diary – waste of time.

I decided that I will just tell you about the only thing I’ve learned today. I learned it from Aidan, and it’s the only reason I’m writing anything at all today.

31 Days {Day 26} – School Games

31 Days {Day 26} – School Games

Welcome back to the 31 Days of Mary, Martha, & Sparta! If you missed it, here is the link to yesterday’s post!

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I spent this afternoon hanging out after kindergarten getting all of the games ready for their Halloween parties this week!

Wait until you see all of the cute little games we have!

31 Days {Day 25} – How Great Thou Art

31 Days {Day 25} – How Great Thou Art

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Today is Sunday.

It’s the day we’re supposed to rest.

In this time of craziness, and all of my stress, I’ve just been enjoying my day being back home with my boys. We spent the night at my in-laws’ house and woke up and just relaxed all day.

I’ve had this song stuck in my head all day. It’s been so wonderful to just reflect on how good God is today. Because He is so good. Even in the stress, the chaos, and the hard parts of life.

31 Days {Day 24} – Empathetic Spartans

31 Days {Day 24} – Empathetic Spartans

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Welcome back to the 31 Days of Mary, Martha, & Sparta! If you missed it, here is the link to the last post!

I didn’t post yesterday, and I’m so excited to tell you guys why next week! Stay tuned…

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The thing that I want the most for my kids is for them to love Jesus. Like chase-after-Him-with-total-abandon love. Jesus-is-oozing-out-of-me love. Share-His-love-with-everyone love.

One of the biggest things that I hope comes out of loving Jesus for them is a strong sense of empathy.

I once heard someone describe empathy as “fellow feeling.” Think about that for a quick second. Fellow feeling – “I feel it, too.”

  • “You’re frustrated? Yeah, I’d be frustrated, too.”
  • “I can see that you feel left out. I understand – I’ve felt that way.”
  • “My heart hurts for you that you’ve been so wronged.”

Empathy is a gateway character emotion. If you can feel empathy for someone, so many other things fall right into place – love, mercy and grace, patience, selflessness, advocacy and intervention.