CHOOSING REAL BOOK TRAILER

PRE-ORDER CHOOSING REAL TODAY! (DECEMBER 2016 RELEASE)

BOOK RELEASE PARTY

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Start Choosing REAL Today

December 1, 2016
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Today is the day, friends. Today my debut book, Choosing REAL, my heartbeat of how to celebrate when life doesn’t go as planned, bursts into the world. Via an Amazon delivery here or your favorite bookstore. And I’m sitting on my couch, Bruiser snuggling next to me, enjoying piny fragrance from our newly dressed christmas tree perched like a 7 ft soldier, feeling just so.dang.thankful. And humbled. And full of every emotion. Because this is the day my story becomes our…

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Declaring ‘Kid’s Day’

November 10, 2016
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“Wrap it tight. Like a burrito.” I pushed blankets under his sides with the force of straight fingers until only his nose and eyes peeked under cacoon-like sheets. “There. A Ty burrito ready to be gobbled up.” And then the stinker wriggled his hands free and pulled me next to him, playing with the charms on my white bracelet, spinning them ’round and ’round. “What did we make these for,” he asked, referring to the hand-stamped words on a silver…

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Releasing Panic and Claiming Peace

November 2, 2016
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There are three significant life moments when I declared, I’m releasing this. I’m gonna go mad trying to control every piece and that’s no way to live. Instead I’m going to hold it open and trust Your way is better than my pithy plans. Even though my plans seem like a really great idea right now. The first time I recognized my body nearing panic mode I was lying on a beach. In Spain. Yes, I know it sounds relaxing but my insides…

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Join Our Fam at ‘Home for the Holidays’

October 27, 2016
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In July, our family got to go to Forest Home’s ‘Family Retreat.’ Basically it was a gift-of-a-week in regards to connection and laughter and God meeting us right where we were- depleted and weary. We left feeling filled in the most unexpected, beautiful ways. And then. Then we found out they do a mini holiday version right after Thanksgiving and I’m like, ‘Yes. Please and thank you!’ Because a cozy winter weekend away lighting a 20 foot christmas tree and…

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How to Trust Goodness in Doubt

October 24, 2016
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What keeps you from allowing the good in? I paused and searched the ceiling for an answer. Because I’m afraid it will run out. Like air from a balloon. I’m not sure if there is enough to last. I’m not proud, but I’m realizing this is my honest response. Apparently in the deepest parts, I doubt God’s goodness will prevail or endure. So I protect myself from experiencing joy or celebration to its’ fullest, wondering when it will be taken, or…

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Grace Refined

October 21, 2016
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I’m welcoming Karin, today’s guest contributor, to our cottage to share about grace and faith and all the beauty discovered when those two gifts collide.  It was one of those utterly crazy day. Laundry everywhere. Crabby kids. Piles of paperwork. No dinner plan. Normally it wouldn’t bother me much. I’d give myself a little pep talk. Get organized and move on. This time that strategy wasn’t working. I was frustrated and exhausted, and couldn’t, for the life of me, figure…

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Winner Winner…

October 20, 2016
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…Chicken Dinner! The Simply Bliss Boutique Giveaway Winner is…   LAUREN WASHER! (cue confetti falling from the sky) or 25 $1 bills to spend at Simply Bliss Boutique! “Ooo! They have so many beautiful items! I love that fall brings with it a forced sense of slowness. The days are shorter and while I love the late evenings summer provides, the earlier darkness gives me permission to stay home, nestle in with my family, and simply be present in my…

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24 Hour Giveaway from Simply Bliss Boutique!

October 19, 2016
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One of the aspects I love most about collaborating with creative souls is watching others rock their God-given thang. Like the gals at Simply Bliss Boutique. Their mission is simple and inspiring, surrounding Proverbs 31:25, “She is clothed in strength and dignity.” Founders, Melissa and Staci met nine years ago and realized they shared a passion for clothing and faith. “This boutique is more than just clothes to us.  It’s about sharing the message that women are beautiful and modesty…

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Dear Lonely One

October 14, 2016
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Dear Lonely One, I can’t stop thinking about you. When you shared – your big eyes brimming so brave, about how lonely you feel, about how you wish you actually had invitations to say yes or no to, about wondering where your friends are, about the confusion at why you don’t have a packed calendar- it broke my heart. And my first instinct was to make your lonely aches disappear. To find you a friend, or connect you with opportunities galore, or help…

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