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Monday for a Mommy: A Day in My Life with a 4 Month Old

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If someone asked me to list a few of God’s greatest gifts in my life, my sisters would make the top ten. They are seriously my dearest friends and I love walking through each season of life beside them. Right now, Courtney and I are in the crazy blessing of motherhood and hardly a day goes by that we aren’t sending texts and pictures back and forth describing our days, hearts, and struggles. Since she is the forerunner in this area...

The Gray Haven: The Living Room

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“Every day in each inch of space, each rhythm of time, each practice of love, we have the chance to join God in coming home, in living so that we make a home of this broken and beautiful world all over again. Love is enfleshed in the meals we make, the rooms we fill, the spaces in which we live and breathe and have our being.” — Sally Clarkson, The Life Giving Home As a young girl, I spent many...

dear new mom, it’s okay to grieve

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I was honestly surprised by all the responses from a previous blog about the first weeks home as a new mom. I barely even published that post because it felt “scattered” to me. Yet several dear mothers have encouraged me to continue writing down/blogging/remembering these days and these feelings because it will all pass by so quickly. I do consistently use my Instagram as a sort of “mini-blog,” especially since I get all of my Instagrams printed instead of scrapbooking. But this blog is a different...

oh what a year can bring: watch the belly grow

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It was this day, exactly a year ago, that I took my first pregnancy test. I now hold in my arms the reality of those two pink lines. While cleaning up some messy folders on my Google Drive, I found these online journal entries that I wrote this time last year. It was fun to relive the moments when I discovered we were going to be parents. What an awesome journey it has been, and it’s just getting started… June 11th, 2015 The...

ashes are the beginning of abundance

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Occasionally I will hear a message that feels like God is grabbing my soul with both hands and shaking me awake. It’s usually because He has been trying to have the same conversation with me for awhile, but I’ve yet to really listen. So when I stumbled upon this message by Ann Voskamp she gave four months ago during Moody Founder’s Week, God pulled back the curtains of my soul and helped me really hear Him. Ann Voskamp has been instrumental in my life...

hey there, grumpy bumps.

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The week before I gave birth to Charlie, I was making a mad dash to get the house ready for being “home bound” for the next few months. I knew I would be sitting on my couch nursing or working and I wanted to be inspired by the home around me … not only inspired, but encouraged. This has been a huge shift in my decorating/home-making mindset. It’s been difficult for me to extract “people pleasing” from the process of...

On Becoming A Mama: The First Weeks Home

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I’ve tried to sit down and write this post several times and have struggled to complete it — not because of the interruptions of my newborn (well, yeah that too) but mainly because it’s so difficult to describe these first weeks with our little guy. I can’t believe he will be eight weeks old on Friday and we will have been doing this parenthood thing for two months. I remember coming home from the hospital and feeling like I was in...

To My One And Only Son This Easter

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To my one and only son this Easter, As you fell asleep in my arms last night, I was singing hymns into your ear. You seem to love melodies from the voices of those you know. Your eyelids flickered open and shut while I reflected on the love of God, the cross, and offering something that seems much closer to me this year — an only son.  There is a deep innocence painted across your face, dear child. I stay awake...

On Becoming A Mama: The Birth of Charlie

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When you’re pregnant, you can think of nothing but having your own body to yourself again, yet after having given birth you realize that the biggest part of you is now somehow external, subject to all sorts of dangers and disappearance, so you spend the rest of your life trying to figure out how to keep it close enough for comfort. That’s the strange thing about being a mother: until you have a baby, you don’t even realize how much...

Finding Creative Vision for a Room

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One of the number one comments I get from people who walk through my home is: “How did you find the vision for these spaces?” It really made me think. Is it something that just “happens” to me or do I have a process? Sometimes I feel like I have too much vision for spaces because it’s a never ending flow of thought for me. I rarely get to a place where I’m “done” with how everything looks or is currently...