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Love you forever

March 22, 2017

He taped the box shut and with purple sharpie wrote Ty Pogue’s above where I’d written bedroom. Inside books, drawings and nerf bullets were thrown half-hazard, as any little boy does, when feeding treasures to a cardboard mouth. He found Love You Forever and we cozied up like sardines on his bottom bunk and read aloud. As I read, I found my voice shaking. “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, As long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.” The last pages…

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When Doubting is part of the Faith Process

March 18, 2017

How does it feel to have the news out there? This is the main question we’re getting after sharing about our mid life awakening and here’s our real time response: We feel scared and relieved. We feel sad and hopeful. You see, this news of moving to Nashville wasn’t one decided overnight, but after years of inklings and listening and refusing to ignore a tug. And then last week, Bry and I had our first what the heck are we doing? day.…

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Trust Fund

March 10, 2017

Let’s just pretend we’re speed dating and share bullet points over these fish tacos, I told my aunt. Ready. Go. Tell me EVERYTHING. She shared about her new home and the freedom she feels being in a rural space with her daughter, Annie. I’m good, she smiled. I’m good. You, she leaned forward. There’s a lot going on. Go. Bullet point lunches may be the new ticket item to efficiency and depth. So out it poured. We’re having a mid-life awakening. For the last few years, Bry and…

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Writing

Need encouragement in your writing Journey?

March 2, 2017

I didn’t set out to be a writer. I had grand plans to teach curious 3rd graders, but a small voice inside said, You’ll despise your future children if you teach. So I listened deeper and pursued my dream of Event Management until we had our first son. And then like many new parents, I started blogging. A way to record and process the unchartered territory of transition and new life and all that fun identity-stripping stuff accompanied with the unexpected and faith.…

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Alongside Book Giveaway

February 18, 2017

*** Congratulations Lisa Adams! You are the winner of the Alongside Book Giveaway *** Giveaway now closed I’m not sure if it’s the time of year with the anniversary of Dad’s passing approaching, or experiencing deeper healing in my own faith journey, but this book, Alongside, had me nodding and crying and literally yelling out loud, hands springing up and down in the air, Yes! Yes! Sarah Beckman, a kindred and compassionate soul, breathes perspective and permission. She offers practical, real life nuggets with how…

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Focusing on the One

February 9, 2017

He pointed to the large vacant theater, ideal for a reading, concert or a church service. Rows of lined seats faced a house-of-a-stage; ceilings reached high yet still offered an intimate vibe. You could almost feel the pre-gathering energy in the space. There’s a band that did a show here. They marketed and sold tickets and the night of the concert they came out on stage and saw a handful of people in the audience, surrounded by a vast clump…

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Cookie Dough Confessions

February 7, 2017

Chances are if you know me long enough, you’ll hear my cookie dough confession personally or from a friend of mine who tells another friend, because mention of cookie dough naturally comes up in everyday conversation, right? When I was in junior high and my younger brother was in elementary school, our parents taught summer school and being home all day, we had the world at our fingertips. Or better yet, the kitchen. My best friend, Kathy, lived with us…

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The Waiting Room

January 31, 2017

This season. It’s abundant with waiting. And it’s teaching me a thing or two or ten. Waiting is teaching me to find the wonder and mystery in not knowing. In not being able to snap my fingers and create a pretty, perfectly styled Instagram-worthy image or weighty checklist. Waiting is teaching me to listen to the honest emotions springing to the surface. Waiting is inviting me to pay attention to simple beauties like pretending to have a conversation from the geese’s…

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The Road to Authenticity

January 27, 2017

Recently I had an out-of-body experience where I spoke a need and felt dismissed and spoke up (again) only to meet a brisk comment, and there.it.was. That tension of saying my thoughts even if it wasn’t understood and wanting not to appear difficult or ungrateful. The latter won. And I hated it. I slunk out feeling ashamed and frustrated for allowing nice to trump honest. Which is ironic because when the actual event took place, I was playing out an entirely different…

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An Unexpected Surprise at David Arms’ Shop

January 12, 2017

From beaches to barns, we took off for a Tennessee getaway. A local friend recommended a Sunday drive to Leiper’s Fork and I watched contentedly, music singing from our rental, land sprawling for miles, homes peppering countryside and smoke dancing from chimneys. I felt my shoulders relax. My country girl heart was at home. We pulled into the quaint town and before I noticed the grey wood siding of David Arms’ barn-esque store, a halo of twinkly strands welcomed, in…

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