Category Archives: Cultivating A Heart of Gratitude

Uncovering Sacred Flames {and Other Thoughts Upon Turning 34}

Thanksgiving Day dawns peaceful in our household. We hang around in our PJ’s for hours, all of us reveling in the relaxed pace of our morning, and in Isaac’s thorough enjoyment of the Macy’s Parade. It’s the first year he’s really … Continue reading

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In Which I Emerge from a Long Silence

Hi, my dear friends! Long time no talk. I’ve been quiet here. Oh wait, except there was that time a couple weeks ago when I wrote a whole blog post, ALMOST finished it, and then got completely new insight around … Continue reading

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How I Burn White-Hot to See {Five Minute Friday}

Oh, Five Minute Friday, where have you been all my life?  Or all my December….  And all my first bit of January. Goodness gracious, I have MISSED these precious ladies and their hearts and their words and these courageously spontaneous … Continue reading

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How To Live Raw Worship

Worship. I lead “worship” [the singing, guitar-strumming, key-pounding, drum-banging, fairly loud kind] on a pretty regular basis for our church family. This past Sunday was no exception – except – for the first time in probably 12 years, I led without playing … Continue reading

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maia sofia grace butler – the slideshow

Hola family and friends! I finally did it- it’s a slideshow of Maia’s story thus far.  We finalized her adoption on Friday and I wanted to do something to commemorate. I’d love for you to pop over here to the … Continue reading

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Be An Extension of My Heart [Five Minute Friday – Belong]

Hiya Friends, Jumping in with a quick interruption in my current series (still one part left to go!) on our beautiful in-the-process-of-being-adopted daughter’s birth week. Maia, by the way, is a month old today!  Today as every day, we are … Continue reading

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Maia’s Birth Week: Part 4 [In Which Maia Is Entrusted To Us, and Words Utterly Fail Me]

Hi Friends! Well, it’s already been a week since I last posted. I generally try to post more frequently than I’ve been able to lately.  Obviously though, I’ve had my hands pretty full.  The best possible kind of full. At … Continue reading

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The Big Reveal: Her Name! [And a Couple Other Amazing Things]

Hi my friends! Back at the hotel in small-town Kansas, I was so desperate for sleep.  Definitely didn’t get it.  Combination of a…we’ll just leave it at interesting… hotel experience, and a boy who’s suddenly started developing asthma symptoms.  We were up … Continue reading

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The Story [So Far] on Our Soon-Coming Baby Girl [!!!!]

I think I’m still in shock.  A week ago yesterday in the afternoon, I glanced at my email on my phone and the reality of what I was reading sank in gradually. “The birth mom in _______(small town in the … Continue reading

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Zoning In On Easter [We Who Once Were Far Away Have Been Brought Near…]

Hello friends!  Happy Easter weekend to y’all! I have to admit, this year I have not been as focused on “Holy Week,” these days leading up to Easter, as I normally am.  My mind has been preoccupied with other things.   But … Continue reading

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