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Things I have learned while hiatus-ing. (A novel update)

March 10, 2016

“I don’t follow rules. I don’t really know what I’m doing, I just do things that feel right.”     -Yann Martel I thought I’d pop back in here to give a little update as to how the novel writing is going, but also to somehow record/journal parts of this awesome journey. I have learned so much about myself just in these past few weeks and it’s important to me that I don’t forget a second of this part of…

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A Snowy Picture Book Weekend. (A Grateful Heart)

January 25, 2016

Anyone still snowed in? East coasters?? I want to hear all about everyone’s snowy weekend adventures. (West coast readers, we hear you over there with all your “sunshine and clear skies all day everyday let’s go to the beach!” talk. And we’re real happy for you, ok?) My snowy weekend started out with picking up Christian from the airport around midnight – mere hours before the storm hit Nashville. I thought for sure his flight would be cancelled but he…

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His Mercies are New Every Morning

January 6, 2016

I was gifted this quote graphic when I purchased one of my (now many) Good Word Candles and loved it so much I framed it. It sits on my desk as an obvious reminder, but has also become encouragement for me when I wake up at the crack of dawn my new morning time each day. As I was groggily sitting in my office on Monday, sipping my coffee and wondering if even Bolton could bring me to life, I found myself…

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Light of the World. (Our Greatest Gift)

December 21, 2015
the gift of HIS light

Happy week of Christmas! Did the festivities begin this past weekend for any of you? Christian and I fulfilled another one of our traditional Christmas dates yesterday by going to our annual Christmas movie… we saw Star Wars! For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, don’t worry- nothing I’m about to say isn’t anything we didn’t already know so consider this spoiler-free. While I LOVED it (and I’m not even a Star Wars fanatic), there was one part in…

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In honor of Joey Martin Feek.

November 11, 2015
November Yellow Leaves

Some of you may have read/heard/seen the news coverage on Joey Feek and her battle with cancer. You may have read that she will soon leave behind her husband and her baby, to be reunited with Jesus again. And while most know Joey as Joey+Rory the country duo, I know Joey as Joey Martin, the girl who encouraged me to ride the tallest & fastest rides with her at Kings Island, the girl who showed my brother and me how to…

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In the middle, where your heart is.

September 23, 2015

Have you all seen the video of the 6 year old girl who is asking her mom to be friends with her dad and why it’s important she do so? If you haven’t seen it, you truly should; you can watch it here: (click here if you have trouble viewing the video above.) I mean, for one- let’s give that sweet child a book deal STAT. Because I want to read all of her words over and over and over…

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Running Life’s Race (Stay Encouraged)

August 5, 2015

  Have you ever been watching a movie where if anyone found out you were watching it, you’d most likely be embarrassed and then deny that you were “really” watching it? My husband always seems to walk in the room just as I’ve turned on a movie like Picture Perfect or Maid in Manhattan and then I quickly say, “Oh, this was just on. I’m just flipping through. I don’t even know what this is,” as I secretly hope he…

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Her name was Mia.

June 10, 2015

I’d spent a week with her, playing games with her, holding hands while skipping with her, sharing giggles with her, being a friend to her and her to me. We didn’t speak the same language but we each knew a few words that the other would understand, and it was enough. Just the day before, she’d grabbed my hand and pulled me into the little house she shared with many of her foster siblings. She was proud of the purple…

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Italy 2/3: Windows, Doors, & Graffiti

April 22, 2015

I’m not sure when it started, but I’ve had this weird obsession with windows and doors for some time now. I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to this obsession which means surely I’m not the only window & door fanatic out there. (Right? Right?!) It doesn’t matter where I am, my eyes always seem to gravitate to one of the two, and I love that new places tend to bring different styles. Italy certainly did not disappoint in either…

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5 Things, Part Five

April 17, 2015

This week, while I’m out of town, I’m sharing one of Dan Wilson’s 5 Things for each day as well as sharing my own thoughts on each one. I really encourage you to read his article in full in addition to reading along here; not only is it an interesting read about the music industry in general, but is incredibly encouraging and inspiring for anyone who is passionate about their craft. “Artist Tom Sachs says, ‘The only reward for work, is more…

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