Wednesday, April 1, 2015

ODE TO 37


Today I'm 37.

In my 37 years, I have managed to find an incredible, hilarious, and supportive group of people to go through this life with me. The “stuff” of life isn’t where I measure my success, it’s in the people who show up when there is good to be celebrate or hardships to be faced. And in that department, my riches are many.

I welcome 37. Every day I ask God for another day, another year, and a lifetime to see my children grow up…. to have the chance to love my husband as a very old man.

I want to enjoy growing older. To laugh a lot along the way. To build my wealth in people. And to live purposefully and with intention. My twenties were tumultuous -- a roller coaster of discovering myself, often fun and mostly unstable. But here, in my thirties, I have found a treasure I spent most of the last decade wishing for. I don’t know what trials and lessons lie ahead, but today, I am savoring the warmth and comfort of feeling content.




Tuesday, March 31, 2015

PRAYER FOR THE MOM WITH TEENS






If you have teens, you know how fleeting their childhood. My second child hit the teen mark last November, and it amazes me how much this sweet little squeaky voice baby grew into a taller-than-her-mama teenager. With my oldest son being 15 and my daughter now 13, I’ve discovering more and more how tough these years can be. The pressures all around them can often make them feel like the world is caving in. I truly believe it is important to pray for my teens just as much as I did for them as children. With the upcoming driver’s license, I pray more.

Lord,
Today I’m thanking you for my teenager. I still recall the day they arrived, gifted to me by your love and grace. I can hardly grasp the fact that they are not little anymore. While the days and weeks and months have passed, how I need You. To sculpt their spirit and help the sweet days outweigh the hard. Cover their faults with Your forgiveness. May each anticipated milestone be embraced to the fullest. May their hearts travel closer to you and to each other with every year they grow.
In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Monday, March 30, 2015

HALF MOON BAY, CA






I've been dreaming of a "soul vacation" with my family for quite some time. And while our plans for Europe this year may not come to fruition, I'm certainly grateful to see parts of our very own country I've never experienced before.

Above is where I am in California. It's a town called Half Moon Bay. Oceans and bluffs as far as the eye can see. I'm going to be stalking every ounce of this place, so join me on Instagram, for that's where I'll be the next few days.

Where would you go for a "soul vacation?"

Saturday, March 28, 2015

CAN I BE YOU?






I appreciate social media. I do. I'm not going to deny it. I love seeing great pictures of my friends. I enjoy seeing how much fun people are having via the photos they share. I am grateful that social media has helped me and my business(es) grow more than I ever thought possible. 

Social media allows us to look like we have the perfect life. But the hard truth is that the perfection we perceive is not the whole story -- it's the pretty parts. And of course they are. I mean, we're not going to post about trials and tribulations, because, let's be honest, there are entirely too many of those. I am not a fan of people commenting or sending me emails asking, "can I be you?" because, quite frankly, I am no where near perfect. I cry. I hurt. I go through heartbreak. I have weak spots. My self-focused pride gets in the way some days. I am hopelessly flawed. I am human through and through, and I have an utterly complete need for Jesus. Yet this life was given to me for a reason. Alongside the hardships, my life consists of a lot of beauty and love and special times. And through my talents of writing and photographing, I feel God commands me to use them and share them. And so I do. For you. And for me. So, thank you for following me despite my imperfections, and allowing me to share what God has bestowed upon me. It means the world.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

EASTER BUNNIES | THE SARA JANE PROJECT






The Sara Jane Project has put a redemptive spin on the bunny obsession that Easter brings. When you purchase one of these adorable bunnines, know that a woman in Jinja, Uganda, made it with her very own hands. She was paid a fair wage and empowered to be all that God has called her to be.

BUY A BUNNY.  BLESS A CHILD.  BUILD A FAMILY.


More importantly, the money used to purchase the bunny will help place vulnerable children in safe and loving homes. 20% of every purchase goes back to placing children in families by resettlement and adoption.

you have until April 24th to order in time for easter, so order one today!
Have 3 minutes? Watch the Sara and Jane Story HERE.
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