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THE Call.

July 25, 2017

The truth is, there are many calls throughout the journey of adoption. In our experience, there was the call to let us know we were accepted by the agency. And there was the call to update us on all the paperwork we needed to complete. There was the call to invite us to one of the agency get-togethers, and the call to let us know we were ready to “go live” (aka: our profile book would be shown to birth…

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Bigger 2016 faith

BIGGER: 2016, A Year in Review.

December 30, 2016

Move over, Gilmore Girls, today I’m doing my own little A Year in the Life! 😉 If you were an EG reader this time last year, you’ll remember that I chose a word for 2016. If you’ve been an EG reader since the beginning, you’ll know that I do this every year and what’s more, I write my word on a rock, the date on the back, and then at the year’s end I put the rock in a big…

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Bigger 2016 Crew EG recap Our Home The Road to Love

A look back: my year in three.

September 28, 2016

This year is not over, no, but truthfully it won’t be long until we’re ringing in 2017. Not that I’m rushing it – I have loved 2016 for so many reasons (more on all of that in a few months). Today’s #blogtoberchallenge asked us to pick the top five pictures that illustrate our 2016 so far and I thought I’d do a version of that but with a series of pictures per three of my top picks. Of course, I…

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Bigger 2016 Crew grateful heart monday The Road to Love


August 22, 2016

Sweet friends, it gives me GREAT joy to introduce to you… our most precious gift… our son, Crew Xavier Born August 15th, 2016 at 2:08pm and perfect in every way. Our hearts are exploding with deep love and I am beyond grateful to God for His precious gift. More later, for now I’m bonding with my babe 🙂 What are you grateful for? Link up below and join the rest of us in starting each day this week with a…

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Bigger 2016 faith The Road to Love

You Make Me Brave.

August 15, 2016

I have been playing all of Amanda Cook’s songs the last 4 days. This one, You Make Me Brave, came on Saturday early afternoon as I took an extra long walk in the sunshine… and I couldn’t help but throw my hands into the air and praise Him. And I smiled in His sweet reminder that He is a good, good Father. A Father who knows no fear. A Father whose love for His children knows no bounds. A Father…

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Bigger 2016 inspiration

Parenting Yourself

August 10, 2016

“You parent yourself really well,” Christian once said to me. A funny thing for him to say and even funnier considering I am not yet a parent, but the more I thought about it the more I realized, I really do parent myself. Whether you are a momma or not, you’re familiar with what might go into parenting. Discipline, honesty and love are just some of the things that are often instilled. Even when it’s tough love, it still comes…

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Bigger 2016 personal writing

And Then He Asked, “How Does One Become a Novelist?”

July 18, 2016

This past winter I found myself seated at a table of strangers while waiting for Christian & the rest of the band to come out on stage. I was used to going to these things by myself and it was pretty typical for me not to talk to whoever was sitting next to me. By the time I’d usually make it to my seat, the show would soon begin and I’d be saved from the dreaded small talk. (You all…

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a day of rest Bigger 2016 From my journal mornings like this

Leave the Wrinkles.

July 17, 2016

From my journal. July 17, 2016 A wrinkly, made bed is still a made bed. I’m remembering the greater importance of waking up slowly to the day. Allowing the day’s plans to mix with my own. This morning encouraged me to a second cup of coffee as I watched the flowers begin to stand a little straighter, a bit taller. And surely all of those things are far more important than spending silly time de-wrinkling the lines on bed sheets.…

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Bigger 2016 faith heartbreak The Road to Love

When there are no explanations

June 20, 2016

Real talk today, ok? If we were having coffee, and you convinced me to stop asking you questions and to instead answer yours (and I’d really fight you on that for a good ten minutes), I would tell you that the month of May was… hard. So hard. It was beautiful and heartbreaking, all at the same time. Christian and I were on quite the roller coaster ride in our adoption journey last month, a ride I feel I’m just…

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Bigger 2016 tradition

This Summer’s Bucketlist

May 17, 2016

My cousin Lauren (who I called ‘Yaw Yaw’ – because obviously it sounds just like Lauren) & me, circa mid-1980s. If there’s one thing (of many) I’ve learned about the south, it’s that summer arrives much earlier here than it ever did in Chicago. And I’m pretty A-okay with that. I love the heat and the sun and all the time spent outdoors; summertime is my absolute favorite time of year. Now when fall rolls around, I will be reeeeally…

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