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40 Things I’m Grateful For!

  Since we’ve been the midst of long, unstructured summer days, which often don’t leave me much time for writing because I’m either trying to be intentional with my kids, cleaning up the hurricane mess that seems to sweep through the house every day, or putting out fights between my dear, sweet children (who sure…

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Embracing Celebration!

My sweet husband threw me a 40th birthday party on Friday night, and what an event it was. I’m still reeling from the emotion of it…the gratitude for the time and energy that went into planning and pulling it off– Scott, my sister (who gets an MVP award for helping Scott!), my dear friend Jessie,…

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On Turning 40…

  I’ve been thinking about this moment for months– the morning that I wake up and am no longer part of the 30’s club, but have been ushered into a new decade, seemingly against my will. It feels like I’m falling forward into forty without permission– my permission. Hey, wait a minute,  I want to…

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Chasing Famous: Living the Life You’ve Always Auditioned For (A Book Review)

    Chasing Famous: Living the Life you’ve Always Auditioned For  is a book that encourages readers to take a look at their lives and consider how they can use their “story”, “gifts” and “every day moments” for the glory of God. It’s a book about not running after fame, accolades, or the admiration of…

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Making Marriage Beautiful: A Book Review

The title of Chapter 1 (posed as a question) in Dorothy Littell Greco’s new book, Making Marriage Beautiful, says it all: Marriage Will Change You: What Do you Want That Change to Look Like?    This is a convicting question, and I’m not sure that the answer is immediately clear for many of us. Of…

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Control Girl: A Book Review and Giveaway!

Controlling? Me? No…definitely not! Of all the words I might use to describe myself at times (sensitive, anxious, sometimes impatient) “controlling” would not be a word that fell into the list. Most of the time, anyways. However, after recently reading Control Girl, by Shannon Popkin my eyes have been open to the many subtle, and…

Creativity Project Week 5: The Columbus Art Museum

Creativity Project Week 5: The Columbus Art Museum

Earlier this week I read a blog post by Elizabeth Ivy Hawkins, an artist and instructor from Grand Rapids.  Hawkins was a presenter at a writing conference I attended in October, and while I missed the chance to attend her workshop, I was glad to learn more about who she is as an artist (and…

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Conversations with God: Pruning Flowers

  The woman stood nonchalantly on her front porch, calmly and innocently pruning her potted flowers (which looked beautiful, I might add) as I ran past the house on my morning jog. They were lovely flowers, all perky and overflowing out of the pots. Brimming with buds and vibrant petals they stood, in my mind,…

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Crazy, Hazy, Summer Daze-y: What I’ve Been Doing While I Haven’t Been Writing

Well, it’s officially been more than two months since my last blog post! Holy summer moly! That would be my longest unintentional blogging break EVER! For those of you who are moms who have been home with kids all summer,  you know how this goes. I know you know, because many of you have told…

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Word of the Year: Contentment

I did not set New Year’s resolutions this year. If I’m honest, I was feeling kind of anti-resolutionish. I’ve set resolutions before. I like resolutions, I do.  I think resolutions are good for young high-school kids, and college kids, and even folks in their twenties. I think resolutions are good for empty nesters and retirees.…

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