Author Archives: caseychappell

Texas dwelling Gulf Coast loving mama of 6 who loves redemption of pasts & changing of futures. 💗for the marginalized & pursuit of upside down kingdom

1. Dealing with Narcissists/Covert Narcissists: and how often it’s a root cause of #3 and #4. (how did I live 40 years NEVER having been exposed to this disorder when it hits so close to home?) 2. HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) #thisisme (it’s not about feelings being hurt… it’s about how you experience/absorb everything around you.) 3. Spiritual […]

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Lily was one of my first friends here in St. Petersburg after we moved here. She was Evie’s kindergarten teacher. The way I know Evie is bonding with someone is that she comes home and when we are just hanging around the house she tells me stories that person has shared with her or has […]

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When we keep elevating the voices of super educated and powerfully positioned people to be on boards of Pro-life orgs and to speak on the topic of abortion and life at conferences and on websites OVER those in the trenches of doing the work needed for holistic upstream change, we will keep patting ourselves on […]

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IF our neighborhoods are set up to be segregated… IF our schools are set up to be segregated…IF our churches are set up to be segregated…IF businesses are set up to be segregated… IF power and influence and wealth are set up to be segregated….  AND  IF segregation is rooted in inequality, injustice, opportunity hoarding, oppression, privilege, […]

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There’s a lot of people who if they found out they were expecting another child would freak out, cry, and worry how in the world they would do this parenting thing without losing their minds only to stop freaking out, accept it, adjust their life to make room and capacity, and tend to arrive at […]

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The thing with so many Christian books and podcasts and influencers targeting middle/upper-class women/men talking about YOU do YOU, and pressing into what God’s called YOU to, and YOU pursuing YOUR God-sized dreams… is that in order to tackle the wicked systems of oppression and to surprise the world with the subversive ways of Jesus… […]

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3 1/2 and almost 6. Best of friends. Constant agitators. He tattles on her.She smacks him around. He’s daddy’s boy.She’s mommy’s joy. Both love jumping on the bed, parks and French fries. Both hate cheese, bedtime, and being left out. When they get to giggling together it’s the best. When they can get into everything within minutes it’s the worst. I love that they […]

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In honor of #WorldDownSyndromeDay I wanted to share a few thoughts about sharing life thus far with two amazing people who are rocking their extra chromosome. 1. Abel and Isla are the heart and glue to our family togetherness. It’s really hard to explain honestly, but they just are. There is rarely a day that goes by […]

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What if we renamed MISSON trips to DISCIPLESHIP trips? I think it would help on so many levels.  1. It would communicate that we were going to LEARN and receive: even if what we were doing was some type of work, the purpose of it would be to grow in our own faith and knowledge […]

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If you are a white person who talks or posts online regarding any number of issues facing our country and our faith, and have had the humbling opportunity to be called out by someone you know (or don’t know even) for racial bias, racism, white privilege, white fragility, or mansplaining… Please please please see it […]

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After my facebook post recently inquiring about authors and influencers that friends have experienced to be problematic at best and abusive at worst. A LOT of discussions was had regarding Spiritual Abuse. Many stories were shared, and there are all sorts of levels of grief and trauma being acknowledged, named, and processed.  Here is a […]

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Being a politically homeless upside down Kingdom driven gal means that I’m lamenting and angry over the wall rhetoric and immigration policies AND also over the newly passed reproductive rights bill.  But that doesn’t mean that I check out of politics. Because politics are about people. I love the quote by Eugene Peterson that says […]

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Ya’ll…. how has it been 3 years since I’ve featured my all-time favorite baking items?? I know you might be thinking… are the Chappell’s adopting again? And while we never know if God has more Chappells in store for us, right now we are really pressing into our family of 8 and letting God sustain […]

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Last year my friends and I engaged in a robust conversation on Facebook that you can read HERE regarding THIS post.   (See also, THIS post, THIS post, and THIS post and THIS post I feel also apply, even though some aren’t directly talking about OCC) These posts focus on the western mindset and at times […]

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This photo was taken 5 years ago to the day. This was the first time I held Abel in my arms. The first time I laid eyes on my new son. The first time we fell head over heels in love with this child! But let me tell you something about what made this moment […]

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By Monica Orjuela: For the majority of my life I could not communicate with an entire side of my family as they did not speak English and I did not speak Spanish. And I know I’m not the only one. I see so many first generation Americans growing up completely disconnected from their culture partly […]

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Several of you have asked “How is Jack doing in his new school?”  And he is doing well.  He’s making friends, and is learning to trust the staff there. He’s riding the bus and LOVING it and the support staff that rides with him.  Of course he still has Autism. So no matter where he […]

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