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4 days ago ... Our final giveaway day is finally here, and while I'd love to write a lovely wrap-up to the whole thing...well...to be honest? There are so many ...

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  • Giving The Gift of Giving Credit

    crystalstine.me 27 Jun '17, 11am

    I have a big list of “unpopular opinion” posts running through my head. Posts where I’d love to tell you how tired I am of strangers calling me “sweet friend.” Or why it is I don’t think “your story matters” (because it’s ultimately God’s story and when we forget that we make it about...

  • What Happened When We Became #frontyardpeople

    What Happened When We Became #frontyardpeople

    crystalstine.me 06 Jun '17, 4pm

    We became #frontyardpeople last week as we cleared out closets, crawl spaces, and our garage for a three-day yard sale. I had spreadsheets and hundreds of price tags, to-do lists and even a layout of our driveway planned for Thursday so we would know where to put the tables. It took a...

  • Marriage Through Jesus-Tinted Glasses #wifestlyin #holyhustle

    Marriage Through Jesus-Tinted Glasses

    crystalstine.me 29 May '17, 4pm

    Matt’s experience with marriage was considerably different from mine. His parents are still together, while mine divorced (and then remarried – several times in my father’s case) while I was young. Marriage felt like something you did because it was expected, but somewhere. in the bac...

  • She is Priceless

    crystalstine.me 16 May '17, 11am

    The first time I received a pearl necklace it was a gift for my college graduation. Apparently, that’s the traditional gift because I also received matching pearl earrings. The only other time pearls were added to my closet, I bought a strand of fake ones for myself as a souvenir duri...

  • The Seismic Shift from Striving to Responding

    crystalstine.me 02 May '17, 4pm

    I had blogged for years, but one wintery day, I decided to get serious about writing instead of it just being a hobby. I designed a new website and started penning a book. Soon I was writing all hours of the night. I felt invigorated. My husband commented on my pleasant demeanor (as o...

  • Contagious Courage

    crystalstine.me 09 May '17, 4pm

    She walked confidently into the room and looked at the scene. Wading pools, water slides, 50-foot towers filled with water guns, hoses, buckets, and all manner of sprayers filled the space. To the left, a large shallow pool full of toddlers played on four slides. Further in front of u...

  • Goodbye Guilt. Hello Grace.

    crystalstine.me 11 Apr '17, 4pm

    Being a working mama means dishing out a whole lot of grace. All. Day. Long. To my family. To my friends. To my coworkers. And especially to myself. Truth be known, I’m better at frying up guilt than doling out grace. You see, over the years I’ve built up these fabulous fantasies in m...

  • “Tip 2: Show them the “before and after” effects of their work” @laurabooz #holyhustle https://t.co/Uzzu8IDeWx

    3 Happy Ways to Teach Your Children How to Hustle

    crystalstine.me 18 Apr '17, 10am

    I’m sitting here at McDonald’s during my daughter’s Youth Group meeting on a Sunday evening. I have one hour to write this post and I’m determined to crank it out. “America’s Funniest Videos” is playing on the large screen TV and there’s an annoying beeping in the background, but I’m ...