• Extending Hospitality

    Extending Hospitality

    Everyone has a story to share, though I didn’t always realize it.   There was a time when I hid in my house behind locked doors, blind to the happenings of others. Why? Out of shame for my own story. Shame for certain things in my life that I preferred to keep hidden. “Yes, remaining hidden would be best,” I thought. Until one day…   One day, a peculiar thought entered my mind. I felt I should invite someone over for dinner. And I knew exactly who. There was a young family at church who had a child the same age as ours. I would invite them. I would somehow build up the courage to invite them into our home.…

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    My Favorite Things // March 2018

    The following are a collection of articles, websites, podcasts, and other finds I have found this week that I hope will encourage and edify you on your journey toward connection.   FAVORITE BLOG POSTS It’s tough being a mom, especially when you feel all alone, and what mom doesn’t feel all alone from time to time? In the midst of the Adventure of Motherhood, which….{ahem}….often feels like complete chaos, who among us does not occasionally find ourselves wishing for the assistance of a village as we endeavor to tackle tantrums, laundry, and sick kids…all on approximately 2.5 hours of sleep. (Been there, done that.) In her recent blog post, Grace the Labor Mom shares her feelings on the subject of…

  • Our mission down aspen lane

    Our Mission At Down Aspen Lane

    Our mission at Down Aspen Lane is simply this—to encourage the creation of authentic connections in our homes, community, and world. Through the sharing of personal stories, creative resources, and simple challenges, we encourage others to create a more authentic life…one simple step at a time.   Hi, I’m Carri! Let me start by saying that this blog is probably not for everyone. It’s true. There may be some who feel perfectly content with the world as it is, but if you, like millions of others in our society, desire more authenticity in your life, then keep on reading. OUR MISSION Down Aspen Lane details my family’s journey towards a happier life, filled with authentic connection. Our desire is to create more…

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    Let’s Collaborate!

    I am currently accepting guest bloggers! Read the guidelines below and fill out the form to get started.   GUEST POSTING GUIDELINES Because I strive to put out a high quality of content on my blog, each blog post should be interesting and actionable! I accept posts on: creating authentic connection with family, friends, community, and/or God Christian hospitality   SUBMIT FOR GUEST POST APPROVAL Please use the form below to provide a list of 1-5 topics that you would like to write about, and I will let you know the date I will need your post by. Once approved, please note the following guidelines:   EACH GUEST POST SUBMISSION SHOULD INCLUDE: Please limit your post to 1000 words or less.…

  • FREE St. Patrick's Day Love Notes Printable For Kids

    FREE St. Patrick’s Day Love Notes

    What better way to begin St. Patrick’s Day than with some holiday note cards? Surprise your children by tucking a note with their lunch, on their pillow, or on their bedroom mirror–a simple and inexpensive way of saying, “I love you”! No children at home? Why not place individual cards in hidden spots throughout the community for strangers to find—a simple way to brighten a strangers day! Interested in more fun ways to build authentic connections with your children and others in your community? Ready to take the first step towards a more connected life? Click HERE to subscribe to the blog today to gain access to our FREE Resource Library, filled with activities, worksheets, and fun ideas for creating…

  • What My Children And A Monkey Taught Me About Cherishing Every Moment

    I found myself face to face with a monkey and I wasn’t sure what to do. His little patchwork body was sewn to the front of the tiny blue pajamas that had, only weeks ago, adorned my newborn.   He sat, with his tail curled around him, looking at me. He and I were eye to eye. “What am I to do?” I asked, willing him to answer. He didn’t.   The tiny blue monkey pajamas held so many memories: like the times I would gaze down at my baby boy and play with his little toes while he held my finger in his tiny fist.   Giving away the pajamas almost seemed like giving away the memories. How could…

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    Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself, Unless They Are (fill in the blank)

    “But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:34-40)   Was there anyone that Jesus didn’t love? Was there anyone that He was unwilling to associate with?…

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    Are There Angels Among Us?

    Angels. They’ve been on my mind lately, thanks to the experiences shared by those around me. My mind begs to ask the question:   “Are there really angels among us?”   The following experiences, shared by friends on social media, have helped to remind me that, yes, there are indeed angels around us, guiding us, protecting us. These shared experiences have helped me to become more aware of and more grateful for angels in my own life:   From a young mother:   “Being a wife and a mother is such a blessing! I am so grateful, but there are moments, days, weeks, and sometimes even months where it is hard for me to remember that this season of life…

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    The Benefits of Outdoor Play (Kids’ Club Intro)

    **Someone hacked my website last night with a PRIVATE post about mud cakes. Mud cakes, of all things. I was deeply concerned until my daughter confessed that she was the culprit. When did she learn how to post something onto a blog? Seriously, children these days seem to be born with the natural ability to use technology. I read through her short post again and have decide to make it PUBLIC. She is excited to have it added to the Kids’ Club collection of posts.   What is Kids’ Club, you may ask?   Kids’ Club is a collection of posts on this blog that we feel will benefit children of all ages in their efforts to create a happy, healthy,…

  • I can do all things through Christ

    I Can Do All Things Through Christ Which Strengtheneth Me

    I was going to write an encouraging tidbit that inspired positive self-talk as we engage in trying new things and setting far-reaching goals, however; my daughter has managed to sum up my thoughts in a cute little story, so I’ll just hush up and let her do the inspiring:   Once upon a time there was a little girl named Claire. She didn’t know how to ride a bicycle. When her dad gave her a pink bicycle she was shocked! “Dad, I love the bicycle, but I don’t know how to ride it,” she wailed. “I’ll teach you,” he said. “If you say you can’t, then you can’t; if you say you can, then you can.” “I can do it!”…