Karen Oden @itskarenoden

Believer. Wife. Sometimes photographer, sometimes writer. Admin at @lifekidstx. Quietest extrovert you'll ever meet. Website will BRB. ✌🏼️❀️✨

  • itskarenoden

    January 17th at 2:30am
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    One week of the Daniel Diet done! My favorite part about this fast so far has been going out of our comfort zones and trying a ton of new recipes, which so far have all been great. Tonight's dinner may be my favorite - roasted veggie soup! This is the first time I've ever cooked homemade soup!! Definitely going to be a go to recipe for us in the future. πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ₯•πŸŒΆπŸ πŸ… #danieldiet #lifeaustin @lifeaustintx

  • itskarenoden

    January 14th at 5:30am
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    Maybe we were a bit crazy deciding to move from the second floor to a first floor unit just two days before Christmas, but this makes it worth it. I can't for the conversations and memories that will take place around this little fire pit. πŸ”₯β€πŸŒ™

  • itskarenoden

    January 12th at 4:54pm
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    John Piper and I don't always see eye to eye, but this is πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ’―

    creativechaoses

    6 days ago
    @itskarenoden 😭😭😭 Stealing this!
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  • itskarenoden

    January 9th at 7:03pm

    Today starts day one of fasting with @lifeaustintx! On top of doing the Daniel Fast, I'm attempting to read through the New Testament in 21 days. The next 21 days are going to be an adventure, that's for sure. πŸ˜‰ Anyone care to join? Download the #21dc app to read along! #lifeaustin #bible #newtestament #jesus #danielfast

    brockstamps

    9 days ago
    Awesome! Great commitment.
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  • itskarenoden

    January 9th at 4:00am

    Throwback of @fleetcoffeeco's cutest hot cocoa sipping patron. #wildclementine

  • itskarenoden

    January 9th at 3:54am
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    Our favorite dinner πŸ™ŒπŸΌ Now to start the Daniel Fast tomorrow!

  • itskarenoden

    January 7th at 3:35am
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    Yes, I did get booted from reading stories because I don't do fun voices like Mr. Cameron. No, I'm not bitter about it at all... πŸ˜’ They're lucky they're all pretty cute. πŸ˜‰ #misskarendiaries

    liveluvd

    11 days ago
    Stopping by to say we believe in you! Keep being awesome! πŸ‘
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  • itskarenoden

    January 6th at 5:47pm

    I've wanted to write a long, triumphant blog post about this for a few weeks. Excuses kept popping up; my website is down, life is crazy, and there's the whole my last name is different now thing. When these little badges started popping up over social media, I felt a tug on my heart. I used to be so good at sharing my story, but now I get so scared to do so. That needs to change. So, here is my messy, thrown together, honest post. .
    About six months ago, I found myself crying and crying to Cameron. It had been a long, hard day filled with extreme emotions, ups and downs, as roller coaster as you can get. I cried about how I have been on antidepressants for years, I've taken pills for anxiety, I've been in therapy, I've done all the right things - so why were things only getting worse? That's when Cameron sweetly, calmly, and probably on his highest tip toes suggested, "Honey, have you ever considered that you may be bipolar..?"
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    Fast forward six months. Life isn't perfect, but it is so much better. A diagnosis of Bipolar II is terrifying, but it has allowed me to get the help I've needed for years. I'm on a treatment plan that's slow moving, but it actually works. We' found coping skills and action steps that help me when I'm having an "episode." I'm slowly coming to terms that this is the way the Lord allows my brain to be, because I can help others who are living with this too. I'm living, I'm breathing, I'm loved, and I'm happy. I'm the happiest I've ever been in my whole life. And, honestly, I'm really proud of myself. .
    The stigma of being bipolar is heavy, but being able to say, "I can do this, and I am absolutely not alone," makes the load so much lighter. It requires me to reach out when I need help, be honest with how I'm feeling, and most importantly to surrender it all to Jesus. β€œThat is why, for ChristΚΌs sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” ‭‭2 Corinthians 12:10‬‬ #endthestigma #bipolarII #mentalhealth #God #Jesus @endthestigmabadges

    brianne.campbell

    12 days ago
    Aww Karen, Im so happy you figured this out. There is power in that. I'm happy you have a great guy that is standing by you through it all. Had we or you only knew this many moons ago, but so happy for you now. Thanks for being so humble and sharing

    jessjmcd

    12 days ago
    Wow Karen thanks so much for sharing this in boldness!! Love you

    miranduh802

    12 days ago
    What an amazing post! Beautifully wrote too! πŸ€—

    danielle_klee

    12 days ago
    Very brave, Karen. Thank you for sharing! ❀️

    tarajbarrett

    12 days ago
    Love this and your heart so much!!

    danielawalters

    12 days ago
    You are simply beautiful

    bitches_aint_poppin

    12 days ago
    I love you, Karen ❀ this is very inspiring because you understand, so thank you
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  • itskarenoden

    January 4th at 2:18am
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    To all our amazing friends and family: How can we be praying for you as 2017 begins? Cameron and I will be spending a lot of time fasting and praying this month, and we want to pray bold for you! Honestly, I hate asking for prayer. I get embarrassed and feel ashamed, like I'm being too needy. But the Lord tells us so clearly that we do need to reach out for prayer and together! So that's what we will be doing - loving our friends dearly, supporting you whenever you need it, be there to encourage, listen over a cup of coffee if you just need to vent... whatever will help you most! If there is anything you need prayer for, and I mean ANYTHING, please DM me or send either of us a text. We would love to join up next to you and support you in the beginning of this New Year! πŸ’•
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    "When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness." Acts 4:31 | NRSV

    melaniesayz

    15 days ago
    Marriage πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ’πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Ž
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  • itskarenoden

    January 2nd at 6:14am

    The more photos @malderton sends me from our wedding, the more grateful I am to have such a talented and beautiful friend in my life. And then I cry. 😭 If you're looking for a wedding photographer, you need to book her. Right now. πŸ’•

    _sweetcarolineee_

    17 days ago
    This is gorgeous omg 😍❀️

    jazminantoinette

    17 days ago
    You're so beautiful!
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