Category Archives: Celebrations

If Your Heart Hurts this Mother’s Day {a few things I’d say if we could do coffee}

I awake early to sit here and wait in the predawn quiet, my littles still snug in their beds, and a hundred or so passions burning all at once in my soul. And out of those hundred burning thoughts, this … Continue reading

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Sharing my one word for 2016 (and a quick update on our family’s special needs journey)

Hey, my dear friends. Wow. It’s hard to know where to start when it’s been nearly two months since I’ve written here. We had a sweet Christmas Eve morning — just Stan, me, Isaac, and our Maia-bean. We opened presents … Continue reading

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In Which I Try and Break Through the Fog of Transition

Where do you start when it’s been weeks since you’ve written and your entire life has been flipped upside down during the days on end of writerly silence? This move has been the best kind of change, but my goodness, it has … Continue reading

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On the Nearing of Advent, and these Unpredictably Rhythmic Offerings

The Contract Pending sign has mysteriously appeared atop our For Sale sign this morning, quietly slipped in by our realtor under the cover of night. She knew it’d make us grin to discover it in first morning’s light. Though we … Continue reading

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Day 4: On Nostalgia and Grieving Authentically

On Thursday morning, the kids miraculously sleep in till 7 AM. I wake up to Maia’s still-sleepy chattering from across the hotel room in her pack-n-play. I breathe a sigh of gratitude for the almost-normal amount of sleep, quickly grab … Continue reading

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Day 3: A Funeral {in which grief comes bearing gifts}

Hey, my sweet friends, Yet again, I’m bringing you words written in advance, and hoping next week will find me writing in real time once again. For now, rolling with opportunities to write whenever I’m able, as we will be … Continue reading

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Christmas Greetings

Hey my friends, I’m hailing from North Carolina – home of Cheerwine, the best barbecue you’ll ever eat, and all my childhood memories.  Isaac, Maia, Stan, and I are enjoying time with siblings and cousins and Gigi and Grandpa (my … Continue reading

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When Holidays Hold More Sorrow than Joy {a guest post at (in)courage}

Oh my friends, how I am enjoying this season of silence.  I’m reading books and filling lined pages with unedited longing for Him and relishing long conversations and taking life slow this holiday season. The slowed pace is fresh air … Continue reading

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Why I’ll Be Quiet A While {and my blessing for you in this Christmas season}

Tonight Stan and I put our Maia-girl to bed, then we cuddled with Isaac on the couch while we watched a Veggie Tales Christmas movie.  Stan read him the Christmas story before bed and I did my best to explain … Continue reading

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As You Turn 3 [A Letter to My Isaac-Boy]

Dear Isaac, How’s it possible? Just last week-ish, you looked like this: And now?  We blink, and… BAM! …you’re turning 3 tomorrow! Whhaaaaaat?! My goodness – the time slips like sand through my fingers and I pray I do well … Continue reading

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