Around the Table

August 13, 2014
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“How to announce the return of comfort and well-being except by cooking something fragrant. That is what her mother always did. After every calamity of any significance she would fill the atmosphere of the house with the smell of cinnamon rolls or brownies, or with chicken and dumplings, and it would mean, This house has […]

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Mom Failures, Mom Guilt, and How I Find Peace

August 11, 2014
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Sometimes all I see are my failures as a mom. She left a note by my computer that said, “Mom is tired.  Mom is always tired, but it’s okay.  She’s writing a book.” And just like that, I’m a complete mess.  All choked up, tears dripping on my computer, thinking back on the last few […]

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S’mores Bars

August 6, 2014
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Well.  I can’t give you a good reason why we’ve been friends all these years and I’m just now getting around to sharing this recipe.  It’s a good one—one that we make it several times every summer, in between all the actual s’mores making and the monster cookies. My peeps LOVE these and once you […]

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How We Made the Most of Summer

August 5, 2014
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Capri Sun provided free product for this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this blog post are my own. Well.  Here in East Tennessee there’s only a handful of summer days left.  I think we went ALL  in.  I feel equal parts rested and spent. As sad it I am to see summer fading, I’m […]

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Clear Eyes, Full Heart

August 4, 2014
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My eyes couldn’t take it all in last night. It may have been the most beautiful barn in the world, surrounded outside by an abundance of hydrangeas, lantana, and gorgeous urns full of summer’s bounty.  The stained concrete floors, the rich wood walls and ceilings, the antler chandeliers, and one hundred pairs of the world’s […]

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07: The Life You Love Manifesto|A Life of Service [Podcast]

July 21, 2014
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This is the last installment of a 7 part series on Creating the Life You Love.  Today we’re talking about the  pinnacle of what it means to live a happy and fulfilled life—living a life for others.  Hope you’ll tune in and if it’s helpful for you I hope you’ll share it with your friends. […]

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‘Round Here in July

July 14, 2014
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Well, it’s been a whirlwind, in the best kinda way.  We’ve had lots of company, lots of good food, lots of fun and sun, and a whole lotta laughs.  The only thing we’ve been short on is sleep, as far as I can tell. I can say that this morning I feel a little like […]

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My Not-So-Pinterest Life {and a memoir giveaway}

July 1, 2014
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I met Emily in person last year at Allume.  I’m pretty sure she’s part angel.  I know you’ll love her, too.  I am honored to welcome her to the blog today as she launches her memoir Atlas Girl into the world.  I continue to be in awe of people who tell their stories with courage […]

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06: The Life You Love Manifesto|A Life of Rest [Podcast]

June 30, 2014
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This is part 6 of a 7 part podcast series on Creating the Life You Love.  You can find the previous episodes here! Summer is a great time to talk about our need for rest.  We live crazy busy lives and often don’t realize the toll it’s taking on us until it’s too late.  I […]

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How I Plan the Perfectly Imperfect Staycation

June 28, 2014
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This is our 3rd year of official stay-cationing and we have come to LOVE IT.   Home is actually our favorite place to be so stay-cations are our love language.  But even if you’re not planning a full vacation at home, this might encourage you for the occasional summer company.  Here’s are some tips on […]

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Best Ever Blueberry Coffee Cake {with Lemon Glaze}

June 25, 2014
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Well.  I’m 3 days into recovering from food poisoning.  I no longer wish to die, so that’s always a plus. I got out of bed almost like normal for the past two days.  I’m still slightly nauseous but am overall on the mend.  I haven’t been able to exercise all week, which usually negatively affects […]

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First Love

June 24, 2014
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I woke up this morning before the sun came up, just like you always did.  I  sat quietly under a flood of memories—of the books and places and people that have changed my heart forever.  I asked God for more patience, for the gentleness of heart to lead my children to the truest things in life. […]

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Weekend Grace {6-21-14}

June 22, 2014
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I met Adriane in Fredericksburg, Texas.  Otherwise known as God’s Country.  We met there for a girl’s weekend with a some other charming ladies and had a dandy good time.  (That’s her photobombing Jan and the boots in the photo above).  She’s AMAZING, dear people.  She just turned 30 and is the editor of an […]

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05: The Life You Love Manifesto|A Life of Gratitude & Abundance [Podcast]

June 20, 2014
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“Gratitude is the heart’s memory.”  old French proverb Notes from the Show 1. Gratitude is God’s gift to you—The key to gratitude is not in our giving thanks.  It is a gift from God that He first bestows on you in Baptism and continues to nurture in you through His word and the Lord’s Supper. […]

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10 Ways to Make 40 the New Fabulous {Or How to Avoid #oldladyproblems}

June 16, 2014
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I posted this on Instagram this past Friday and was blown away by the number of comments, texts, emails, etc about all our #oldladyproblems associated with being 40-somethings.  So, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on the subject! (If it’s any consolation, I like my 40 year old self way better than my 20 […]

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