Grace is real.Today we were privileged to witness the baptism of our friends' sweet daughter. I absolutely LOVE getting to witness and celebrate the sacraments of the church with our community. They are grace made tangible. As a mom I don't know why I'm sometimes surprised at my children's propensity toward virtue. Their incredible ability to choose good even in hard situations. But then, I have to remind myself, my children are God's first. When we presented them back to him at baptism the channel of Grace was opened and every good gift was made available to them.Our responsibility toward our children is not to be perfect parents. (try, in vain, though I might) Our responsibility is simply to introduce them to HIM. Grace will draw them to Jesus. Grace will incline them to good. Grace will hold them fast. Grace will bring them home.#lifeofjoy

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adminGrace is real.Today we were privileged to witness the baptism of our friends' sweet daughter. I absolutely LOVE getting to witness and celebrate the sacraments of the church with our community. They are grace made tangible. As a mom I don't know why I'm sometimes surprised at my children's propensity toward virtue. Their incredible ability to choose good even in hard situations. But then, I have to remind myself, my children are God's first. When we presented them back to him at baptism the channel of Grace was opened and every good gift was made available to them.Our responsibility toward our children is not to be perfect parents. (try, in vain, though I might) Our responsibility is simply to introduce them to HIM. Grace will draw them to Jesus. Grace will incline them to good. Grace will hold them fast. Grace will bring them home.#lifeofjoy

Real talk time. I didn't always know I'd have seven children. We honestly never had a plan. As a young starry-eyed newlywed I remember telling people "we're open to whatever The Lord gives us!" That's still a true statement. However it now has a much deeper meaning. If I had known then the sheer scope of the laundry alone, there's no way I would've casually said such things.This is the scene from my living room this morning. Clean laundry everywhere. Children dutifully sorting. One child is naked from the waist down, one has a fever. One child is running late to her championship track meet and I haven't brushed my teeth yet. It's not pretty. I am often overwhelmed by everything it takes to care for a family this size. But let me be clear, I wouldn't trade this crazy life for ANYTHING. Joy IS found in the ordinary. Joy is found in service to those I love. And Joy is even found in the chaos. It is God's gift to us. To all my fellow mamas out there, struggling in the day to day grind. Know this: joy is available to us! Receive it. Embrace it. Live it. It's yours. #lifeofjoy #anotherdayinparadise

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adminReal talk time. I didn't always know I'd have seven children. We honestly never had a plan. As a young starry-eyed newlywed I remember telling people "we're open to whatever The Lord gives us!" That's still a true statement. However it now has a much deeper meaning. If I had known then the sheer scope of the laundry alone, there's no way I would've casually said such things.This is the scene from my living room this morning. Clean laundry everywhere. Children dutifully sorting. One child is naked from the waist down, one has a fever. One child is running late to her championship track meet and I haven't brushed my teeth yet. It's not pretty. I am often overwhelmed by everything it takes to care for a family this size. But let me be clear, I wouldn't trade this crazy life for ANYTHING. Joy IS found in the ordinary. Joy is found in service to those I love. And Joy is even found in the chaos. It is God's gift to us. To all my fellow mamas out there, struggling in the day to day grind. Know this: joy is available to us! Receive it. Embrace it. Live it. It's yours. #lifeofjoy #anotherdayinparadise

For almost seven years now we've opened our home almost every week for an event we call family dinner. Sometimes it's exhausting, and rarely it's even stressful. But mostly it's a unique and wonderful weekly blessing. We don't often know who will show up, or how late they'll stay, but for these hours every week, we get to stop and do life with our neighbors and friends. This time of fellowship refreshes us, and keeps us grounded. It gives our children and their friends an opportunity to socialize outside of an academic or athletic setting. And it brings great joy to our home every time we host it! #famdin#lifeofjoy

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adminFor almost seven years now we've opened our home almost every week for an event we call family dinner. Sometimes it's exhausting, and rarely it's even stressful. But mostly it's a unique and wonderful weekly blessing. We don't often know who will show up, or how late they'll stay, but for these hours every week, we get to stop and do life with our neighbors and friends. This time of fellowship refreshes us, and keeps us grounded. It gives our children and their friends an opportunity to socialize outside of an academic or athletic setting. And it brings great joy to our home every time we host it! #famdin#lifeofjoy

This man. All day I've been trying to put into words what he means to me. Every word I choose comes up short of expressing the the depth of my gratitude for him. His love for me has been a shelter, a beacon, a light. Through him I have come to know the Father's love in ways I could not have imagined before.Happy Birthday to the best gift God has ever given me. @ennie4 You're my favorite! #lifeofjoy

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adminThis man. All day I've been trying to put into words what he means to me. Every word I choose comes up short of expressing the the depth of my gratitude for him. His love for me has been a shelter, a beacon, a light. Through him I have come to know the Father's love in ways I could not have imagined before.Happy Birthday to the best gift God has ever given me. @ennie4 You're my favorite! #lifeofjoy

I went shoe shopping yesterday. I really like shoes. In fact, if we didn't live on an intentionally tight missionary budget, I'd probably own too many shoes for my own good. As it is though, about once every 2 or 3 years I realize that all of my favorite shoes are about to fall apart. I hit that point about 3 months ago, and it's taken me this long to remedy the situation! This is probably because the crazy train that follows me almost everywhere I go, is not conducive to a pleasant shopping experience. But I did it!! I didn't get much else done that day, but I found some really cute shoes to carry me through the next year or two of my #lifeofjoyCurious which wedges I chose? Maybe I'll give you a peek in a future post! @canahickman

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adminI went shoe shopping yesterday. I really like shoes. In fact, if we didn't live on an intentionally tight missionary budget, I'd probably own too many shoes for my own good. As it is though, about once every 2 or 3 years I realize that all of my favorite shoes are about to fall apart. I hit that point about 3 months ago, and it's taken me this long to remedy the situation! This is probably because the crazy train that follows me almost everywhere I go, is not conducive to a pleasant shopping experience. But I did it!! I didn't get much else done that day, but I found some really cute shoes to carry me through the next year or two of my #lifeofjoyCurious which wedges I chose? Maybe I'll give you a peek in a future post! @canahickman

#lifeofjoy – Cana Hickman

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  It feels false sometimes. Calling myself a missionary. The reality is that my #lifeofjoy doesn’t look a whole lot different than any other stay at home mom. My tendency is to get caught in the trap of comparison and self-reproach that I’m not able to do more for the needy amongst us. In my best moments though, I have … Read More

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#lifeofjoy – Cana Hickman

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My name is Cana, and for the next week I’m going to be sharing with all of you a little of what makes up my #lifeofjoy.I am wife to an incredible man of God, and mother to seven beautiful children. It’s not glamorous. Most days are full to the brim of circumstances over which I have no control. Children get … Read More

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