Julie is a Texas-born missionary kid that grew up in New Zealand and finally found her way back to Lone Star state, by way of Missouri and Tennessee. Back in the DFW area, she met her worship pastor husband, Jake, in 2011. In 2013, Julie gave birth to a feisty little boy named Jude. In the summer of 2016, Ella Jene was born and balanced out the family. Julie loves good coffee, thrift stores, and occasionally faking a New Zealand accent. She is also a teacher, a singer, a songwriter, an Alabama fan, a traveler, and a Jesus follower. She considers herself to be an expert in food, music, and mistakes. Julie tells stories about her life and the people in it over at The Potluck Diaries.

How Motherhood Changed Me

When my son was just a few months old, there was a tornado warning in our neck of the woods. At 2:00 a.m., I heard the sirens, woke my husband, grabbed my newborn out...
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My Virtual Village

  It takes a village to raise a child, the African proverb says. When I learned that I was pregnant for the first time, I was clueless. I didn't know anything about pregnancy symptoms or...

My C-Section Story

This post is part of an editorial series, "The Stork Stories," brought to you by the Fort Worth Moms Blog and Texas Health. We hope these pieces provide you with helpful information, encouragement, and answers...
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Listen Up: The Hip Mama’s Guide to Podcasts

I am the proud new owner of a used iPod Nano. It was a steal at $20 on a local buy, sell, trade page, and over the last few weeks, I have filled it...

On Being Pregnant After a Loss

On the day I found out I was pregnant with this baby, I told my husband quietly, as if saying it out loud might cause something bad to happen. We didn't cry and laugh like we did with our first. We were excited, of course, but with the unspoken knowledge of how this could end permanently written on our hearts. It's hard to let that go. It's hard to live in hope.

Mama’s Guide to Whole 30

I knew I needed a change. I had lost and gained the same five pounds at least three times. I was craving carbs, feeling lethargic, and by the end of most days, my knees...
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The Top Albums You Need for Your Toddler

Music. It colors our lives with happiness (and sometimes sadness), and it makes us sing and dance and sometimes laugh. Songs can take us back to places and people from our past. The familiar...