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When More Meets Less

January 3, 2017

I am a soul who wants more. More connection. More fun. More adventures. More hole-in-the-wall restaurants, more dessert, more one-of-a-kind gems to decorate our cottage with. More life. More faces. More light illuminating the path’s next step. More experiences, more smells, more unique flavors, more music, more laughter, more learning. More depth. More books. But I’m also a minimizer. A less is more soul. Around this time of year, when the tree gets undressed and taken outside, and our nativity scene goes…

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New Year’s Giveaway; The Year of Choosing REAL

December 31, 2016

*** CONGRATULATIONS, GIVEAWAY WINNERS *** 5 signed copies of Choosing REAL are going to: Alexa Cook Bethany Massey Lauren Washer Tonya McElveen Brianna Brown I hope you feel loved, known and pursued on every page. But mostly, that you’ll be encouraged to release your control of needing to be all things to all people, and simply enjoy being invited by a real God through everyday circumstances. Winners, please email me your address and love mail is on its way. An…

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Sharing the Gift of Words

December 27, 2016

The idea came organically, the way many powerful ideas come. We sat around our worn kitchen table enjoying Bryan’s smoked ribs, sweet potatoes mashed with the perfect amount of nutmeg and greek yogurt, grilled green beans and homemade parmesan biscuits. We ate on our wedding china – the same china that until two years ago sat in boxes – for no other reason that it was the day after Christmas and we wanted to honor the simpleness of family time, a…

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A Broken Hallelujah

December 20, 2016

With our boys out of school for Christmas break, I’m taking advantage of time with them, with friends, with family. I’m choosing to savor this season, to bake and rest and find inspiration in the simple moments. And I’m honored to welcome everyday women with beautiful stories in the meantime so I can do just that. Today’s guest, Erin, is a tender soul, someone I’m honored to know through Choosing REAL‘s Book Launch Team. I’m grateful for her honesty, her bravery, and…

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On Not Having It Together

December 17, 2016

This time of year seems rushed. I feel rushed to buy gifts and wrap them beautifully. I feel rushed to get a holiday party on the calendar, rushed to find a sitter, rushed to wear something festive. Rushed to have it all together. And here’s the thing. I don’t. I don’t have it together in the slightest. The other night our book club celebrated a year of togetherness. A year of attempting to finish one– yes, you read that right-…

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Dear Reader

December 13, 2016

The heartbeat for my debut book, Choosing REAL, birthed after losing my dad to a sudden stroke. For the first time, I caught glimpses, an understanding of how to respond to unplanned circumstances and allow them to shape my faith in tangible, real ways. Choosing REAL is a conversation. An invitation. It’s a journey of experiencing how genuine and near and personal God is in everyday moments, relationships, and especially, the unexpected. Where before I mistook faith as my responsibility,…

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Who Cares?

December 9, 2016

I sank into the couch, tears dripping down bright pink cheeks. I was beating myself up about how, “I’m sending our boys into early therapy,” and “I let this person down,” and “If only I had more margin to accomplish all these grand plans I have for the day- like working, and helping in the kids’ classroom, and bringing our neighbor dinner, and understanding 2nd grade math enough to look like I’m in charge of this parent-helps-with-homework-thing” and “have you…

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Start Choosing REAL Today

December 1, 2016

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

“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

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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