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Renewing our Minds

Renewing our Minds

God has recently brought me through a refining season of life that has taught me some extremely important lessons to take onto my next phase of life. One being how easy it is to get deceived by the enemy; how it can all happen one […]

30 Day Challenge–>Lets REST, RECHARGE AND RESET

30 Day Challenge–>Lets REST, RECHARGE AND RESET

I am finally feeling like I am coming out of a tough, dark and awful season of my life. I am not there yet, but taking leaps towards being there because I hate being there. I have been listening to a lot of podcasts on […]

Get Over It

Get Over It

Have you and your spouse ever had a fight that you just couldn’t drop? Have you ever struggled to stop holding onto the anger and moving on with life. I struggle with this at times, ok way more often than I’d like to admit! When […]

Jesus Loves This Hot Mess

Jesus Loves This Hot Mess

I wrote a facebook post last week partly as a confession and partly to stick to my underlying goal of this entire blog; to be authentic. It all started when I kept hearing from other people “you are super mom” The scariest part was some […]

Money & Marriage

Money & Marriage

They say that money is the number 1 marital conflict, and now that I’m married I completely understand why that’s true. Money can become the biggest issue in your marriage if you do not prevent problems before they can occur. When we first got married […]

Marriage Lessons

Marriage Lessons

“Marriage is a compilation of different seasons.” That was the advice my mom gave me before my wedding.  I have never heard more true advice.  She elaborated even further.  Sometimes you will both be happy and in love, other seasons are harder with one of […]

Just Keep Swimming

Just Keep Swimming

I was so tempted to update this post because it was written 2 years ago, only 1 year after our life exploded. But reading it, I can still remember the raw and realness of the situation, so I am deciding to re-post this without changing […]

Build him up

Build him up

My husband struggles with a chronic depression and has been making such amazing progress. The other night I told him how much progress he had made and it hit me how long it had been since I built him up. That my friends, for a […]

Camping with Little Ones

Camping with Little Ones

Camping with Babies and Toddlers I have been camping with kids since my oldest was 5 months (one camping trip was 2.5 month long one with a 1 month old and 2 year old) and have learned many helpful tips, and many lessons the hard way […]

Postcast

Postcast

Parenting is tough-but Christian parenting is NEXT LEVEL! Not only do we want our kids to learn to share, make friends, be kind and nice but also add onto it their salvation, developing a relationship with God, living in a counter-cultural way etc etc is […]

A difficult journey to Feeding my Baby

A difficult journey to Feeding my Baby

I am struggling with something and writing is always so theraputic for me. Also I really feel like I am not the only one with this struggle and want to write this and publish is because I want to let other mama’s know ‘I see […]

Make my life EASIER!!!

Make my life EASIER!!!

As a busy mom of 3 full of energy, full of extra curricular and just busy busy children, I have found some things that have saved me and thought ‘why am I keeping this all to myself, I need to share these things with other […]

Is Good Enough Okay?

Is Good Enough Okay?

We were away for 5 days, we came home and it was such a nice feeling…until I realized we left in such a rush that I didn’t get a chance to clean the house. I had 2 friends coming to visit in the afternoon, 2 […]

Preventative Maintenance

Preventative Maintenance

Looking at your marriage, what would you consider where you are failing the most? The way you talk to your spouse? The way you treat your spouse? The time you spend with your spouse? We all have area’s we aren’t perfect in, we all have […]

Truth Bombs #authenticliving

Truth Bombs #authenticliving

I was talking to a friend the other day and I was telling them about some stuff I was struggling with, and they were shocked and said they had no idea because I seem so put together. I laughed really hard at that thought, I am […]

Meet The Family!

Meet The Family!

Danielle aka MOM This is me, the author behind #thestruggleisreal.  I may be the only writer here but these other guys give me all my material so they are a crucial part of the blog. I love to write, I think I’m particularly funny although my husband […]

How am I coping?

How am I coping?

People keep asking me how I am doing, my first response is always fine. But after over a week of frustration and stress I decided it’s time to reevaluate where I am at see am I really ‘fine’? One thing I constantly need to remember […]

Marriage after the baby

Marriage after the baby

The first weeks after a new baby are purely survival. The first months are filled with adjusting, recovering, and learning your new normal. But what happens to the marriage relationship during all that time? Sometimes you can lose sight of how important it is to […]

Two to Three

Two to Three

**I am likely more sleep deprived than I think I am, so I apologize for anything that makes no sense…I blame the newborn who thinks the middle of the night is party time** I recently had my third child, and as we transition into this […]