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Let’s catch up!

July 10, 2017

It feels like it’s been so long since I’ve journaled in this space. I found myself with a few free minutes this evening, thanks to Christian on bedtime duty tonight (thanks, babe!). I thought about doing one of those “If we were having coffee” kind of posts (I love reading those) but the truth? I’m drinking wine right now so it just felt like a lie. 😉 Life these days feels like it’s moving awesomely and scarily fast. And some…

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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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Your Life’s Story.

May 4, 2016

I’ve been thinking a lot about my life’s story and what parts of it and me I would want others to remember and know. I mean, thinking about this sort of thing is typically something that is done towards the end of one’s life, I know this, but sometimes I have to remind myself that my story has already begun. I’ve had some pretty big moments in my life so far that hold large chapters, like the time I signed…

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There is (still) great hope to hold onto.

March 23, 2016

I hadn’t planned on writing an Easter-related blog post, even though it’s my all time favorite day to celebrate. Truthfully, I have really enjoyed my blogging break and time away for more reasons than just focusing on writing my novel. I’ve found peace I didn’t even know my soul needed; it was hiding somewhere between the self-discipline and quiet, away from the noise I had somehow dubbed as “normal.” In fact, earlier this week I even deactivated my personal Facebook page – something…

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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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BIGGER.

January 1, 2016

Christian and I have a NYE/New Year tradition where we both choose a word for ourselves – the word we choose is a word that we pray over, journal about, and really embrace in the new year. We write our word on a rock and keep it on our desks and then at the end of the year we put the rock in a big glass bowl that sits in our home – full of all the rocks from past years.…

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He Tells Us to Love. (A Grateful Heart)

June 29, 2015

Oh, goodness. I’ll tell you guys right now, today’s post sure did have a heck of a time getting here. First of all, the original intended topic (that being makeup, surprisingly) was rescheduled to another date so that I could touch on the ruling that took place in our country on Friday – something my heart is grateful for. So, I wrote up the new post. Five paragraphs. Then I spent an entire day rewriting those five paragraphs. I rewrote…

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The Parts We Choose to Share. (A Grateful Heart)

June 15, 2015

I don’t remember where or when I heard the term, Recovering Perfectionist, but it spoke to me enough to make me scribble it down on a loose gum wrapper in my purse and then tape it to my computer when I got home. (It has since moved into my book of quotes.) Perfection and the pressures we tend to put on ourselves has been a pretty big theme lately in blogland, on social media, and in real life conversations and…

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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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In Paris, the Sun Wears a Flower Crown. (A Grateful Heart)

April 20, 2015

We’d heard we would hardly see her, that she wouldn’t be making much of an appearance this time of year, so I did fist pumps into the dark room the night before we left as the weather stated otherwise. Blue skies and sunshine was predicted for our few days in Paris and she most definitely made an appearance… warming our bodies, encouraging us to (gladly) shed all of our layers, forcing us to squint our eyes as she shined her…

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