Category Archives: One Word

finding words after too many months of silence (on connection, confidence, and my one word for 2017)

Hey, my friends! So. It’s January 3rd, and I haven’t written in this space since August fourth. I’m pretty sure this is the first time in a solid 4 years that I’ve gone this long without blogging. Welp. Happy 2017. And … 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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When buds are breaking

I walk alone by the river to clear my head after a long day. Well, that, and to burn off a few of the calories in that Chick-fil-a cookies ‘n cream shake I had for dessert tonight. That dang shake … Continue reading

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Leading is vulnerable {in which I break through the non-writing fog}

Dang, y’all. It’s intimidating, this showing up in front of The Blank Screen after weeks of not writing. And the longer I’ve waited, the more I’ve thought I might prefer to just not show up. At least, not any time soon. So, … Continue reading

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In which I take a deep breath and share… {#oneword2015}

Tears burn the backs of my eyes as I open my WordPress “Create New Post” page this afternoon. I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s what happens to me more often than not when words are ready to be given voice. They … Continue reading

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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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Day 7: On Grief and Creative/Spiritual Growth

Monday morning gets off to a much earlier start than Stan or I desire, with both kids deciding 4:30 AM is a fun time to be up and ready for Day 2 of the return phase of The Butlers’ Epic … Continue reading

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Day 6: Because This Is Really About an Awakening

Sometimes you sit down to write and you know exactly what you need to say, and how you want to say it. Other times, you’re more acutely aware of your need for the Creator to meet you in your creating. … Continue reading

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Surrender to Freedom {Five Minute Friday: Release}

RELEASE Let there be release for the bound up places. The places where fear has gripped tight and squeezed tighter. Let there be release for the hidden places. The places insecurity has kept us from letting our truest selves see … Continue reading

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On Lying Down Inside {and our soon-coming Very Big News}

 My mug of half coffee, half hot chocolate sits next to my computer this morning.  Baby girl naps peacefully, and my little mister is watching an extra episode of Curious George, because some mornings just call for that. It’s Monday … Continue reading

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