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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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Put the Camera Down

June 8, 2016

… It was the most perfect spring day in a little town outside of Milan… Christian had ventured off to find an ATM machine as I walked into the cutest, most colorful gelato shop. It was a quiet, slow day in Italy – a Sunday – and I was the only customer in the shop. The owner, a middle-aged man wearing a white apron, offered me a kind smile as I held up my hands to make the international sign…

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Epic weekends. (A Grateful Heart)

January 18, 2016

Can you remember the last time you had an epic weekend? I’m talking, you-laughed-you-cried-you-barely-took-any-pictures-but-you-did-get-tattoos-and-you-never-wanted-the-weekend-to-end epic?? That was my weekend, plus so much more. Family time is always cherished in my family – I soak up every minute when we’re all together. But, there’s something so special about having time with just my mom, or just my dad, or just my brother. This past weekend it was just me and my mom and there were so many snapshot of the soul kind…

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A Father/Daughter Tradition. (A Grateful Heart)

November 9, 2015
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Well hello, Monday! I got back to Nashville last night after a quick weekend trip to my Indiana home. It’s always bittersweet to come and go from that place. While Nashville is definitely starting to feel like a new kind of home (which I am so grateful for), Indiana is where I grew up and there are way too many memories that were made in that state for me to just say “see ya!” If you’ve been reading this space…

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A Billion Memories.

September 28, 2015

What is it about the dinner table that somehow encourages us to lay our hearts right there next to our food? Clearly I’m speaking metaphorically here but when I think about some of the most important or meaningful or sweetest conversations I’ve had in my life – I’d say 90% of them have been at the dinner table. My favorite snapshot of the soul moments? Most of them happened over food, at the table. Maybe this is because we tend to talk…

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Sometimes, you forget to breathe. (A Grateful Heart)

August 10, 2015

Have you ever caught yourself unknowingly holding your breath? It’s not for any particular reason, you just haven’t breathed. And it’s only after you’ve taken a really, really deep breath that you realize- hey, I haven’t done that in awhile. Who in your life reminds you to breathe?  What in your life makes you take that deep breath you didn’t know you needed? For me it’s usually nature. You all know of my great love for trees and it’s true,…

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The People in my Village. (A Grateful Heart.)

July 13, 2015

I wish you all could feel my heart this morning. As strange as that may sound, I truly mean it. My words today just aren’t even going to do it justice… but I’m going to try. Friendship is one of the greatest earthly blessings I feel we can ever share and experience, all varying degrees of it. All kinds of friendships are needed in this life, but there really is something special about those you’d call your best friends. A…

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A Grateful Heart (+ weeklong linkup!)

December 22, 2014

Happy week of Christmas! 🙂 I cannot wait to connect with you all through our sharing of gratefulness. I have been meeting so many “new to me” bloggers the past few weeks. If you link up this week, be sure to check out some of the others linked up below – there are so many inspiring posts and people!Last week, I had another snapshot of the soul kind of moment. It all started when I was going through Buzfeed’s Top…

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A Grateful Heart (+ week-long linkup!)

September 8, 2014

Today I am grateful for grandparents 🙂 Did you all know that it was Grandparents Day on Sunday? Fortunately, I was able to spend half of the day with my dad’s parents, my Grandma and Granddad, on Saturday. It was for sure a snapshot of the soul kind of day. My Grandma and I spent hours going through old photographs, some of she and my Granddad when they were first married, others of my dad and his siblings when they…

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A Day of Rest.

May 25, 2014

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” – John 14:1-4…

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