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Choosing REAL Anniversary & Giveaway!

December 1, 2017

One year ago today- December 1st- my maiden voyage of a book, Choosing REAL released into the world. While it feels like a fafillion years ago, we’re celebrating the bookaversary with a giveaway and a behind-the-scenes story. *** Once upon a time there was a new author who wrote a book, sent the manuscript to her publisher, edited back and forth, co-designed a cover and awaited the day she could walk into a bookstore and find the book on a…

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Sunday Confession: Honest Thoughts About Christmas & Creative Ideas for Budget-Minded Souls

November 27, 2017

Are you excited for Christmas? she asked. No. I nothing it. The words tumbled out before I knew I felt them. Been there before? Not sure how you felt until someone asked you and suddenly, whelp, there it is. I’m dreading Christmas, actually. We’re on a slim budget. I want to throw big dinner parties and the reality of opening our doors only to offer a small table is, well, humbling. I mean, where do we even put a tree? She…

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Dear Friend, What’s on your Heart?

November 20, 2017

Hi friend, It’s chilly out and the sky is waving her autumn leaves; those that have yet to drop. My oldest is on the couch, his lap practically in mine, a 3 day fever breaking my heart. I find my thoughts drifting to you. What does your day look like? What are you carrying on your plate? In your heart? What thoughts are bouncing around in that multi-tasking mind? I ask because when I write, I’m communicating with you. I…

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I Shall Not Want

November 7, 2017

I’m gobbling up Psalm 23 with a newfound appreciation for these old school verses. “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” The first line stills me and I find myself whispering this phrase under my breath a dozen times a day; thinking of the simple significance of David’s words when I wish for life to go different. “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” I shall not want. Want. What is want? Want is “to wish…

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How to Experience Hope in Hopelessness

November 1, 2017

I didn’t get out of bed until 11am. Yesterday I took a mid-day nap and fell asleep reading shoulder to shoulder with our oldest at 8pm. Motivation has withered. Purpose is foggy. I applied at the library- the library, friends. The very one which holds my book on its shelf, and I couldn’t even get an interview. Bryan has applied for over 50 jobs. It feels like 100. All around us is space and beauty and silence. I’ve reached out…

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Reminders in the Sky

October 25, 2017

To date there is no other place I experience God so right-here-present-and-close-I-could-taste-Him near as when I sit among the expanse of green meadow behind David Arm’s Gallery in historic Leiper’s Fork. The ways the trees sway, conducting classical music coming from inside. The adirondack chairs, the open fields, the yellow leaf bursts against a sapphire sky. Up, up, up a skywriter plane glides white wake behind. Heaven touch earth. This is why we are in Tennessee. This place. The smoke…

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Sunday Confession: Take THAT Salmonella

October 23, 2017

There once was a girl who loved baking chocolate chip cookies. Any chance she got. Her mother cautioned her not to eat the dough for fear salmonella would sicken her dessert-obsessed spirit. While the girl spooned scoops onto the baking sheet, she simultaneously (and secretly) scooped raw dough into a Tupperware, promptly walked upstairs and put the bowl under her bed. Every night this girl brushed her teeth, read under her covers by flashlight, and then reached down, grabbed the…

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Sunday Confession: Reclaiming myself in the Kitchen

October 16, 2017

Yesterday my friend Crystal invited me to (in)courage’s event, (in) real life Friended, surrounding friendship. I was struck by the words from one of the speakers- was it Kristen Strong or Jen Schmidt? My memory escapes, but what I remember was this: “People are inspired by our strengths, but they connect to our failures.” Boom. Isn’t that the truth? But here’s another truth. Confessing failure is scary. Sharing my failures feels like throwing vulnerability out to the wind and then running,…

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Crying in the Walmart Parking Lot

October 4, 2017

I cried in the Walmart parking lot. I cried because there are moments I still feel so damn new in this place. I cried because I’d been on the phone for hours trying to find a local doctor for our family and the earliest appointment is April. April, people. I cried because I’m PMSing and desperately need In N Out in my face. I cried because I want to open every door and window and let the breeze shimmy through…

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The Power of Gentle Words

September 26, 2017

He’s a whirlwind of creativity. I can tell when he gets that squinty, far-off look in his eyes that an idea is simmering and he must.act.NOW! Out comes the paper… run run run… rummage, rummage for watercolors…run run run… “Mom, where are the brushy things?” It’s like watching a tornado in fast-forward. He literally sweeps up everything in his path, spinning and swirling until he lands on the front porch to draw. First with pencil outline, then colors follow. I…

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