04: The Life You Love Manifesto|A Life of Faith [Podcast]

June 11, 2014
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This is part 4 of the 7 part journey toward Creating the Life You Love and this week’s focus is a Life of Faith. I think this will be different than almost anything you could listen to on this subject.  I hope you’ll give this episode a listen because these may be some of the […]

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Summer Reading for Tweens {and their parents}

June 9, 2014
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 ”No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” C.S. Lewis This may seem like a regular post, but it’s not.  This is a community post, where I start the conversation and you jump […]

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Weekend Grace [6.7.14]

June 7, 2014
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It was the week for some awesome summer house tours.   I didn’t do one this year, but here’s a peek at last year’s summery pics.  I can’t do a new summer tour until the hydrangeas are in full bloom.  Obviously.  This photo also reminds me that the bust of Aphrodite needs to wear the […]

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{Flourless} Monster Cookies

June 6, 2014
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There’s a good chance that a batch of these monster cookies will be made in my kitchen every weekend from now till the end of  August.  Why, you ask?  Well.  There’s two good reasons.  The first reason is—these are the signature cookies that my beloved 12 year old makes and when someone else offers to […]

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03: The Life You Love Manifesto|A Life of Beauty [Podcast]

June 3, 2014
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This is part 3 of a 7 part podcast series on The Life You Love Manifesto.  You can listen to part 1 on a Life of Calling here and part 2 on a Life of Learning here. Notes and Links I begin with a short discourse on beauty. Pin It

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Summer’s Dawn

June 2, 2014
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I get all philosophical and teary eyed in June because it’s just so undeservedly beautiful.  I was made for June.  We’re soul mates. June stirs up an ache in my soul that only Lewis has ever accurately described. “In speaking of this desire for our own faroff country, which we find in ourselves even now, […]

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Fresh Tomato Tart

May 29, 2014
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NOTHING says summer like fresh tomatoes.  Can I get an amen?  And if it’s not summer where you are, please consider moving to my good state.  We’d love to have you!   Fresh tomatoes may be my favorite thing in all the world.  I’ve got about 7 different varieties in my garden as we speak […]

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02: The Life You Love Manifesto|A Life of Learning [Podcast]

May 28, 2014
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photo Show Notes and Outline Why should we want to be lifelong learners? It cultivates virtue, curiosity, and empathy. It’s one of the best gifts you can give yourself and those around you. It reassures us we are not alone! It strengthens our ability to think for ourselves amid a world of chaos and distraction. […]

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Freedom

May 26, 2014
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“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.” Hope you are enjoying a wonderful day of rest and play with your favorite people. True […]

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7 Ways I Simplified My Life {And Saved Money}

May 23, 2014
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Thanks to Dave Ramsey and his Endorsed Local Providers program for sponsoring this post and inspiring us! The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s […]

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Summer Vegetable Soup {And Some Winners}

May 21, 2014
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  “The arrival of company at the house, the arranging of dinners and suppers, in style, awoke all the energies of her soul; and no sight was more welcome to her than a pile of traveling trunks launched on the verandah, for then she foresaw fresh efforts and fresh triumphs.”~ Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s […]

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01: The Life You Love Manifesto|A Life of Calling [Podcast]

May 19, 2014
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The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. ~Mark Twain You can listen on the player below or subscribe in iTunes. Notes and Links from the Podcast This 7 step journey toward joy begins today as we explore stepping into a life of […]

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Weekend Grace

May 18, 2014
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I’m currently obsessed with patio spaces and have been looking high and low for some black and white striped cushions.  Kristen did a fabulous job reupholstering her cushions and I’m thinking I may need to do the same! Also? That charcoal exterior is how I’m 98% sure we’ll be staining our cabin. I’m pretty much […]

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Anna Maria Horner and Craft South

May 16, 2014
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Artist, fabric designer, and creative entrepreneur, and mother of 7, Anna Maria Horner, is one of the most inspiring women I know.  I’ve followed her work  and blog for years and have little touches of her creative life all over my house. Her fabric is my absolute favorite and I’m hoping that with her help this […]

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What We’re Sowing

May 15, 2014
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I married a biology major who loves and studies birds and trees.  In the house before this one,  he planted 90—yes you read that right—90! trees.  His middle name is Martin so maybe he comes by it honestly.  In this house, I lost count at around 40.  He was planning the trees before the foundation […]

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