Roo Trippin Vol 7: A Grand Petrified Albuquerque 

It was time to leave the big city and head back toward Texas, but what else could we possibly see with a squirmy two-year old on our way back through Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas? Well, a whole lot, and the Roo is here to tell you all about it.

After the mountains, caverns, and sand dunes of our first leg, and the Saguaro and Joshua Forests of our second, it was now time for something truly grand. We woke up Sunday morning for an early church service with our sweet California hosts, the Tierney’s, before offering hugs and thanks and hitting the road again. Read More →

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7 Cacti Motivational Posters

About 7 years ago I became friends with a few ladies from the southwest and I will never forget the day they asked me what my favorite cactus was. In that moment I stared at these three lovely ladies blankly, with truly no answer. They posed the question as if asking, “what’s your favorite color?”

They each proceeded to list different cacti and why they enjoyed them, and I blinked a few times and nodded to assure my new friends I was listening. Read More →

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Roo Trippin Vol 6: The One with All the Peculiar Plants

The Great American West is full of some rather peculiar plants, I can’t wait to tell you about it. Anna Roo back again for a part two recap of our great western road trip. When we last left off we were still marching west and had just arrived in Tuscan, Arizona

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Saguaro National Park and Tucson

We woke up in Tucson ready for some new adventures. We headed a few miles south of town to Mission San Xavier del Bac. This is one of the oldest churches in the Americas, completed in 1797. The Baroque architecture, clay mortar and Spanish artwork made for a unique experience. We walked through the church and museum before trying our hand at a docent guided tour. We made it 10 minutes into the tour before I bumped my head and proceeded with a slight meltdown. At this point we bowed out gracefully and attempted to calm down.

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Roo Trippin Vol 5: Headed West

Annaroo here, back with another installment of Roo Trippin. This is likely the last road trip before our new baby arrives. Last year, we headed east for a tour of the south and a few months a go we took a quick adventure north to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Now, it is time to head west for cactus, friends, and hopefully some ocean.

After watching daddy jigsaw all the luggage in the car we loaded up for the adventure ahead.

The Salt Stories: Roo Trippin Vol 5: Headed West  Endless Texas Road

Being the expert roadtripper that I am, I immediately asked for food and entertainment. We settled on animal crackers and Peter and the Wolf music. I ask for the ‘wolf song’ as often as I think of it, mom likes this version, on Spotify, narrated by David Bowie. Read More →

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How she does NOT do it all.

You may have seen posts trumpeting titles like “how she does it all” or “how to have it all”. Articles that, despite their good intentions, seem to celebrate packed schedules and women who successfully juggle 30 balls in the air at once. This is not one of those posts.

I’d be lying if I told you I hadn’t read these articles before or been tempted by the click bait. These articles are often trying to provide their readers with a tool or insight about how to handle a busy life. What I am finding is that I don’t need more tools, I need better discernment. I am the type of person who is energized and consistently motivated to do every great idea I hear or think up, but I am learning to love that I can’t do everything.

This ‘yes-girl’ wants to embrace and relish opportunities to confidently say no and live life more fully, but a little less full. I recognize that as life continues more commitments will fill our days, and my perspective may change, but here is a plan for today.

So here I am before you, work outside the home mom, thriving young adult, amateur blogger, and loved wife, and this is how I do NOT do it all.

The Salt Stories: How she does NOT do it all

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The Great Amen: Understanding the sanctuary and celebration

This post is part of a series on understanding the physical, sensorial and spiritual elements of our sanctuary and celebration. Today we will take a closer look into the Great Amen.

As a young girl I sang in our church’s youth choir. I am grateful to our director for always explaining how our ministry supported the celebration. I remember clearly the day she told us that the Great Amen was the most important thing we lead the congregation in each week. It seemed crazy, it was only one word, often sung as second nature. It was definitely an easy part of mass to miss. I had some investigating to do to figure out why it was so important.

I am excited to share the results of my research on the most important sung element of the service, the Great Amen.

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A Dance Party… and exciting announcement 

We’ve had a wonderful summer in this neck of the woods. Busy and hot, but absolutely sweet.

The Salt Stories: A Special Announcement

We also have an exciting announcement…

 

We’re truly so excited that we can’t stop dancing. There have been challenging moments and natural fears, but we are enjoying the time we have with this new family member and looking forward to those hazy moments when we hold this baby for the first time. Not to mention all the new memories and milestones to come.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the love and support you continue to show our family! We are grateful to share this journey with you.

For similar content click over to these posts about the emotions of our first pregnancy, the announcement, and the birth story.

 

The Salt Stories: A Special Announcement

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St. Edith Stein: Making New Friends in Heaven

This post is part of a series on the lives of the saints. If you are interested in more information about what a saint is, check out this introductory post. Basically, saints are holy men and women whose lives demonstrate the glory of God and are now in heaven in his presence. Read More →

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Prayer Hacks: Turn your day job into a prayer (7QT)

Each time I read Ephesians, my mind gets hung up on this verse about prayer.

“Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.”-Ephesians 6:18

My prayer life has looked different in every season, and I am now beginning to understand that this is okay. I don’t have endless hours to journal as I once did; I have new wonderful people in my life to share my mornings, and prayer with. I need to be open to some new techniques.

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So what does praying at all times mean for me in this stage of my life? Read More →

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Roo Tripping Vol 4: Colorado Edition

Anna Roo here, for another installment of my rootripping adventures, this time almost a year wiser and sitting forward in my car seat.


You may remember when I headed out on my first road trip, visited the smokey mountains, and was welcomed by family and friends on our tour of the south last year. This rootrippin adventure took us to colorful Colorado, for more family time and mountains. Read More →

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