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For my Mama Friends Who Are Doubting Themselves

August 15, 2017

This morning one of our children (who will remain nameless) was found with a rare lego that he may have *ahem* stolen from a *public place* because he *needed it.* After all, the lego was *gifted to him* so he said (at least he didn’t shove it up his nose). Help us all. I’m raising a dishonest manchild. Anyone know what thought followed next? I’m failing at this whole parenting thing. I kid you not, my mind went there. Cuz’…

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Pasture Premier: Come As WE Are

August 2, 2017

In June I collaborated with Kim Leggett from City Farmhouse, Franklin – a kind soul and creative designer – at her event venue in Franklin’s Factory. I shared on the topic of #realisthenewperfect, a chapter from my book, Choosing REAL. Women from the community gathered in her whimsy space to drink wine, enjoy nibbles and meet over authenticity and faith and much in-between. And I came home feeling alive and thought, That was fun!  Until… the next morning when I…

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Slowing Up

July 27, 2017

Quick, quick, let’s go. I need an answer today. …or the hardest for me. What’s been going on? **while eyes dart the room** These orders, demands and questions bring up anxiety like no other. I feel like a robot, hurried to respond or give an urgent answer for an asphyxiated time-frame, to reply to a question where a large period looms as soon as something uninteresting exits my pie-hole. I hate being rushed. Quickened. You too? I didn’t realize this…

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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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