By: Jennifer Murray

The Many Seasons of Marriage

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Life has seasons. Marriage has seasons.

Currently we are in a 70 degree, mostly-sunny season, but it hasn’t always been breezy.

Brad and I have had to watch several marriages around us crumble in the past few months. It’s so brutal and feels helpless to watch. The only thing we can really do is pray and be available, but it sometimes feels like not enough.

We certainly can’t speak of why their marriages didn’t withstand time and trials, but we know that it certainly makes an impact on our own.

It’s led us to good discussions and growth and I’m so thankful that we are in a very good season in our marriage of honesty and vulnerability with one another.

I think there’s an often fatal mistake we walk down the aisle with, and that’s the idea that the person waiting to wear that gold band is going to be that same exact person years down the road. 

Brad is not the person I married.

And I am not the same person he promised to love, honor, and cherish until death. 

We have both changed and our marriage has had to navigate through different seasons.

The one thing that hasn’t wavered in the winds of change has been our commitment to one another. 

We know that “good marriages” have fallen apart, and it’s an eye-opening reality that our commitment has to remain active. The work is never over. The good times are not guaranteed.

We are often spectators of marriages that appear to be healthy from the outside. We laugh about putting the toilet paper roll on upside down and the toothpaste drama and act like those are the struggles each other’s marriages. We fail to recognize that not everyone is in the “spring” of marriage. We don’t get close enough to one another to know there are battles raging and hearts that are broken.

We recently lost a friend who’s marriage had been an example to us. His wife at the funeral spoke about the good season of marriage they were in and how they were investing in their marriage. What a poignant reminder that today is the day to build one another up.

Today is the day to speak kindly, to be gentle, to give the benefit of the doubt, to listen, to encourage, to go to battle for one another. Today I choose gratitude for the man my husband has become, not who he is not. 

Marriage is a gift that I must choose to not take for granted.

Today I’m thanking God that He is who I look to for all my needs. He remains the same. He’s always faithful. He loves me in all seasons.

And I’m thankful that he’s given me a husband that hasn’t given up on me, who loves me in for better seasons and in for worse seasons.


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By: Jennifer Murray

Wellness Isn’t Selfish


3 Years Ago…

I thought I was fairly healthy. I tried to make good meals for our family, exercise when I had a “free” week, and felt like I was doing better than most in taking care of my health.

In reality I was staying up way too late, cleaning with and applying toxins to my body, lacking energy or motivation, sick often, not investing in relationships, feeling run down, and putting myself in last place on the care chart.

I thought getting by was good enough and what I was supposed to do as a mom.


I know better so I’m doing better. Our home is free from toxic products, I eat cleaner, our family uses essential oils that support every system of our body, I sleep better, and exercise is something we DO,  not just intend to do.

Can you SEE the difference?


I can too. I see a girl who has more energy, more life, more confidence, feels better than ever, and knows that wellness isn’t selfish. 

It hasn’t happened overnight and we certainly can still make changes and improvements, but I’m so thankful for where we are and where we are headed in this journey.


Can I encourage you to quit feeding yourself the lies that you might be in your head that were in mine three years ago? 

~ Taking time to exercise isn’t selfish – it’s good for your entire family. It motivates them and it shows them that you care about being there for them in the future. 

~ Researching, reading, and spending time figuring out what works best for your family’s health isn’t wasted time. 

~ Spending money on your family’s health isn’t throwing away money. {This held me back from ordering my Premium Starter Kit for over a year! How I wish I would have known then what I know now!}

~ Finding time to be quiet, read your Bible, pray, and reflect is never going to be something you regret. 

~ Putting yourself on the very bottom of things to care for doesn’t make you a good mom/wife. {Still working on this one.}


If these or other lies are holding you back, I really encourage you to start somewhere towards a healthier you in three years.

Find accountability. Talk out your goals and make them realistic. Make LIFESTYLE changes over joining the next quick fix.

I’m cheering you on and I’d love to be a part of it! 

*** If essential oils are something you’d like to explore as part of your wellness goals, I’d love to lock arms with you!  I have an incredible community of support, and I LOVE the relationships I continue to build as a result of this journey.

I have these fun oil bags that I’m gifting to new sign-ups this month (along with my already awesome resources) to celebrate better wellness! LOVE THEM!  I have a limited number of these available, so first come first serve!!! Find out more about how to get started with Young Living essential oils here. 


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By: Jennifer Murray

Murrays Meet Mountains


My boys have begged to fly on an airplane since they could talk. We used to take them to the airport just to give them a taste, but they’ve never had the feeling of the power of a take off, or being in the clouds, or traveling at 500 miles per hour. In fact, we didn’t have any plans at all for making their dream a reality, because flying with 6 involves spending a small fortune.


Late one Friday night my friend Adrienne found one-way tickets to Denver for $25 a pop. I thought it was a scam, or some sort of glitch, but it turned out to be legit, and something Brad and I couldn’t pass up for our family.

Could have we used that money for a new mattress, flooring, savings, GROCERIES?  We certainly could have, but no one talks about their mattress for years to come and groceries are gone in less than a week. An opportunity to introduce all of my boys to the Rocky Mountains for the price of one airline ticket – how could we not go for it? 

I think the video captures the enthusiasm pretty well from us telling the boys the other night…

So in a couple of weeks we’ll make a quick 3 night adventure to Colorado! We’re had such a great experience with Drury Inn for our St. Louis trip that we decided to partner with them again for our accommodations in Denver. We’re excited to check out the newly opened Drury Inn in Stapleton.

We hope to do as much outdoors as possible and take in all the beauty of the area. So far we’re planning a day in Colorado Springs at the Garden of the Gods, but that’s the only thing we have on our agenda.

We’ve never been to Colorado before, outside of the Denver airport, so we’re up for suggestions and MUST SEEs! Thanks in advance for your awesome sightseeing suggestions, food recommendations, and any other travel tips you’d be willing to offer.


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