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Living 3 years in 3 months

July 17, 2017

We’ve only been in TN 3 months and it feels like 3 years. Years. ‘Cuz there’s a lotta life we’ve been living these past 91(ish) days. We’ve: Set up a home Rearranged a home (if you know me, just shrug, per usual) Discovered Spring Hill Antique Mall, a killer secondhand store around the corner, Delta Bound’s brisket melt and our fave spot under the far tree at Arrington Vineyard, Firefly rosé in hand. Fallen in love with our hood and…

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When Are YOU Most Alive?

June 27, 2017

He asked me to lay with him at bedtime. Our oldest boy who comes just below my chin and appears as if he’s been pulled by a taffy machine the eve before. We laid on our backs, he grabbed my right hand, draped it across his chest, rubbed the back of my palm, and in that moment, I saw him as a man. A husband rubbing his wife’s arm, talking before falling asleep. This curly-haired boy who wants nothing to…

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#realisthenewperfect Meet Up

June 19, 2017

When Bryan and I came to Nashville in January of this year, we connected with Kim and David Leggett of City Farmhouse Franklin. Their hearts. Their creative work. Their event venue and space speak to my soul. And I’m not alone. Their following reflects their authentic nature because they are the real deal! I’m thrilled to join them at their City Farmhouse Event Venue Tuesday, June 20th for a relaxing evening of connection, wine, nibbles and talking about all things authentic.…

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Why You are OK Even When You’re Not

June 12, 2017

Listen up, my friends. You who have experienced depression, situational depression or are moving into a season of growth and change. Today at the park, while my monkeys roamed God’s green earth, I sat on a blanket with a much needed Americano at my hip and read a life-changing passage from The Road Less Traveled, a book a CA soul sister and I are reading. It’s our virtual book club so to speak. The first time I experienced depression was…

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Fillable

June 2, 2017

I walked into the quaint corner church and found a spot at the end of a middle pew and joined around 200 other women gathered close for bible study. I can’t remember the last time I entered a new church where I don’t know a soul for a bible study I signed up for online. The summer series is on Eden, on the anticipation of the fullness of the one day Eden, when all will be as it should. Nancy…

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A Baker’s Dozen: 13 Reads & Inspirations

May 15, 2017

A stranger rang our doorbell and asked if I was selling the vintage doors propped along the street’s view of our Wonder Home. I smiled and looked at my hubby. See buddy? All those years you’ve teased me about collecting old windows, doors, clocks…? Thankyouverymuch. Before I knew it the guy was in our house, looking around, commenting on the bookcase and asking where I got our zinc side table. And then he starts picking up our collection of teal Ball jars,…

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Grace & Space

April 27, 2017

We’ve moved enough in our married life to know that following any big move or transition comes the reality of that newness no longer being, well, new. It’s a whole different ball game doing it with a kindergartener and 2nd grader. The entire 2nd grade put on a “wax museum” where each student dressed the part and verbally shared about their American role. Harriet Tubman and Amelia Earhart, George Washington and Thomas Edison were among the group. Parents and siblings…

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Welcome to the Wonder Home

April 19, 2017

Road tripping across the US is no joke. People warned us. But here’s what literally kept us sane while simultaneously enjoying one another in the car for way too many hours at a time: We downloaded the audible book, Wonder by R.J. Palacio. And it was freakin’ magical. Something about listening to the story unfold while we drove through the deserts of Flagstaff, lunched at my friend Sarah’s in Albuquerque, and breathed in deep the emerald carpeted lands of Oklahoma. We…

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Dear California

April 3, 2017

Dear California, Leaving you is bittersweet. We heart you. Your beaches. Your culture. Your food. You see, the first half of our story began with you. We love the memories our family made here. We love that Azusa Pacific University is where Bryan and I met and fell in love (although I played hard-to-get for far too long). We love that as newlyweds we lived within walking distance of downtown Brea and spent entirely too much money eating out and buying…

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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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