Category Archives: Encountering God in the Beautiful

on epic beauty, searing loss, and a wholehearted life

I’m not planning on writing Sunday evening when I make my way back from my walk by the river and flip open my li’l Mac on the table at “my” Starbucks. But for the first time in a solid month, words flood … Continue reading

Posted in Attending to His Presence, Encountering God in the Beautiful, Encountering God in the Messy, Family Moments, Grief and Loss, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, Parenting, special needs parenting, Uncategorized, wholehearted living | 7 Comments

I want to tell you about the good things.

It snowed last night. Big, wet, gorgeous flakes, of which I just now realized I haven’t taken one single picture. Annnnnd, bam. Just remedied that little issue. Here you go: Though my iPhone camera doesn’t do it justice, this is the view … Continue reading

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When the Waiting Might Possibly Never End

It’s the 7th of November, and today marks a full week of silence in this space. The last few days, this flicker has grown inside me — the desire to birth a piece of my soul here — but I … Continue reading

Posted in Creativity, Encountering God in the Beautiful, Encountering God in the Mundane, Give Me Grace, Grief and Loss, Learning Authenticity, misc. walking with Jesus, Uncategorized | 31 Comments

Day 23: How ’bout You Be Still?

Hola, my beloved friends! Today finds me on a plane, flying to South Carolina for Allume! I’ve been looking forward to this for over a year, and am so thankful for my always-supportive hubby who’s parenting solo for a few … Continue reading

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Day 22: When Jesus Invades Your Ordinary Motherhood {a story that’s beyond precious to my heart}

These are ordinary days. Days of nose wiping and grilled cheese making and sibling spat refereeing. Days of giggles and cuddles, kisses and correction. Of heart shepherding and soul shaping. As a Jesus-loving mom, you try and you try to … Continue reading

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In Which Change Happens Fast and Emotions Are Mixed and Swirling

I’ve escaped to Starbucks with my husband’s blessing for a quick evening alone. Left the to-do lists and boxes at home because holy cow, I am desperate for some room for my soul to breathe. Because– did I mention we’re MOVING?! Y’all, … Continue reading

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In Which Life Is Extra In My Face {some (more) honesty about this season}

I sink into the couch on a Sunday afternoon, Stan across the living room studying music theory, Maia snug in nap-land, and Isaac in the playroom doing “quiet playtime” and needing our attention every other minute or so. Sigh. Life … Continue reading

Posted in Attending to His Presence, Compassion, Encountering God in the Beautiful, GROW in His Word, Home and Family Management, I'm Writing A Book, Ministry, Motherhood is Funny | 15 Comments

On Treasuring My Limits and the Courage to Be Swept Away {in which I really let the Lord awaken my heart. really.}

We dance and spin and fly around the room, my boy and I. Baby girl sits in her high chair, watching us with wide eyes. We’re pretty entertaining, I’d imagine. Daily nap time is quickly fading into the past for … Continue reading

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The Truth About Stan-My-Man {just because}

For weeks now, I haven’t been able to stop staring at this picture. I love everything about it. The way my head rests on his shoulder, the genuineness of his smile, the depth of his eyes. The way my eyes … 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

Posted in adoption, Cultivating A Heart of Gratitude, Encountering God in the Beautiful, Family Moments, Parenting | 5 Comments